Ahead of the Bell: Apple to celebrate Jobs’ life

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) ? Apple is holding a memorial service for co-founder Steve Jobs in California.

The event will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino. CEO Tim Cook announced it in an email to employees last week.

The service is closed to the public.

Apple is closing its retail stores for several hours Wednesday so employees can watch the service via webcast, according to a source familiar with the matter. The person was not authorized to release details about the service and spoke on condition of anonymity. The store closings were reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Apple Inc. says there will be no public memorial service for Jobs, who died Oct. 5 at 56 after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer. On Sunday, a private memorial for Jobs was held at Stanford University’s Memorial Church.

Jobs left the company in 1985, only to return in 1997 to rescue it from financial calamity.