Apple CEO sends letter to Apple employees, hints at "big plans" for next year

Apple CEO sends letter to Apple employees, hints at "big plans" for next year
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to Apple employees to thank them for the year that has passed, and to motivate them for the upcoming year. Cook hinted in his latter that Apple will revamp its product line in 2014. For 2013, the executive noted the strength in iPhone sales, the hard work that went into delivering iOS 7 and the App Store reaching a milestone with 50 billion apps cumulatively downloaded.

In the letter, which we have for you in its entirety below, Cook says that 2014 is going to be a great year. "We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to love," says the executive. One device that Apple is supposed to debut next year is the iWatch smartwatch. The project was reportedly delayed, and rival Samsung beat Apple to the punch by releasing its Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch earlier this year.

As far as the iPhone is concerned, we could see a larger version of the phone next year. A report last month said that Apple is working on both a 4.7 inch and a 5.5 inch version of the iPhone, using glass that curves downward at the edges. And there is speculation that a 12 inch iPad is being prepped for next year.


source: 9to5Mac via Pocketlint

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39 Comments

38. jamesedward318 unregistered

I love reading all these Apple dislikers take a public poop on the company. I for one do not like KIA cars. So I don't go to every dealership I see and tell the sales team how much they suck and have an inferior product. I just purchase what I like. Knowing that I don't KIA I also accept that there will be a few KIA ads that will grace my television set here and there. I said that to say that at some point people have let people be. You like Apple, you like Apple. You like Android then you like Android. If you like Windows then you like Windows. This forever ongoing war is like rival gangs warring over territory that doesn't belong to them. PhoneArena, GSMArena, PhoneScoop nor any other site will be fully dedicated to one specific OS. Thank God for iMore, WPCentral and AndroidCentral. Have a Merry Christmas everyonea and I hope you all get the Android, iPhone or Windows phone/tablet/device of your liking.

30. brwcell

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

They don't have to change , they still have the apple drones buying their products, 4.7 & 5.5 android once again has had that 2 years ago, just like everything have added except for the fingerprint scanner, that has worked well hasn't it.

26. willard12 unregistered

I think they will make phones and tablets that are thinner, lighter, and twice as fast.

24. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I hope the upcoming A7x or A8 next year to be more mature than the current A7. Being an SoC and not a pure CPU, the A7 chip contains many parts that are found in "chipsets" on PC. While the CPU part is already top-notch, there is still room for improvements in the chipset part like memory accesses in descending order. A pure 64-bit SoC with further optimized chipset parts will show the true power of 64-bit computing.

20. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The iPhone's browser could learn a thing or two from the browser on the HTC One. The text automatically reflows depending on how zoomed I our out you are so that nothing is ever cut off. At least with my Galaxy S4 I can change the size of the text without increasing the font everywhere else on the phone.

19. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I'd consider an iPhone if it had a 4.7 inch screen. That's definitely one reason why I don't have one and have a Galaxy S4 instead. I like the iPhone a lot. But the browser is disappointing. Make those two things better and I might be in.

17. rbasky61

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Apple is still the best. The trendsetter and innovator.. I still love and buy Apple products. whatever they say..

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

What does the ewe say? "Baaahahahahahahh!"

10. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Bought my first iPhone. 4S because it was 'cheap'. I will say, despite some minor things that should be improved (keyboard is a joy, but it could be so much better, etc) it's a very nice phone and OS. I've tried all four big OS's now and own phones from three of them (don't own a Windows phone presently) and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I will say, that BB10 seems to be the best. Unfortunate that no one seems to care. Anyway, when opening that 4S, you do feel a certain amount of comfort and joy. Like Apple will take good care of you, you don't have to fret anymore. With Android, I was constantly working. Looking for a better keyboard, looking for a better launcher, changing this, malware that. Android is nice because it's so flexible and open, but that's also why it irritates me. Too many variables. I have S3 and Nexus, so I still enjoy them, but I don't know if I will use Android as my 'daily driver' anymore. iPhone or BB.

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

+1 ... For some, to many options can be just as bad as no options at all. There's nothing wrong with that at all. But I have the opposite problem... I get bored to easily, so Android just works for me. I have an iPad and I like it, but I can't help but want to do more with it. Right now I just watch Netflix and surf the web on it, which should be enough, but I really like moving things around and making it mine. So my next tablet may be the Note 10.1 or maybe I'll brave and try a Nokia tablet.

7. Sauce unregistered

So many fickle thick headed bimbos already commenting on this, and more to come. Stooges, keep hatin on your egotiscal rival company. That bein said, "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal"s.

5. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I'm sure HTC CEO says the same thing as well year after year

4. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Way too late for those things to happen. Apple talk so big yet they never deliver.

6. Password

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

"They don't care! As long there's hippys, and cults and average joes, aswell as bus drivers that will support and fund them"

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know a bus driver that loves em. I know who you are too, pity you had to make a new acct, due to being banned.

14. Topcat488

Posts: 1426; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Hahaha that was funny dude! Hippies and Cults and average Joes, and "Bus Drivers", hehehe.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did you honestly think you're going to fall the PA staff? They know who you are "Troll" bye-bye your banned once more. This is your third attempt at a duplicate account, give it up to they're onto you. You are a troublemaker and you are a troll with a capital T bye-bye.

32. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

You know they say if you don't have an iPhone you don't have an iPhone

39. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

There's some else also with a captial "T" and that's known as TOR ...https://www.torproject.org/ Now don't ask me what this means

9. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Brand new A7 SoC, competition-beating 64 bit instruction set, Touch ID, retina iPad mini, totally overhauled iOS, massive under-the-hood power saving improvements in Mavericks, jaw-dropping battery life in the new MacBook Airs, the most extensive Mac Pro redesign in a decade... ...''Apple talk so big yet they never deliver'' ???

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

A7 isn't brand new, neither did apple make the armv8 instruction set intended for servers in data centers, nor did they make the first high res screen for a tablet, mavericks is OK, other laptops also can match or exceed the bat on the air, and the mac pro is the biggest joke in what a computer should be for a workstation. You were saying?

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

iwatch, Apple TV we already know that Tim Cook.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Man, what a surprise! I thought he'd say something like "Hey guys, we've got nothing planned for next year, so just feel free to coast." A CEO proclaiming that his company will have big plans... wow!

2. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I know that a lot of people might switch back to Apple from Android if they increase the screen size. It might be interesting to see. I work in Wireless, and i'm amazed that the more educated tech consumer is now mostly looking for an Android device. We will see how that changes once Apple starts to finally listen to their customers. It seems to take them 2-3 years to answer user requests. Though nobody asked for a "pretty" pastel IOS7.

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Big means screen size, just watch, and I for one will welcome it. This OS on a larger canvas...wow!!!

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

larger canvas? Ipad mini and Ipad are the exact same OS as the iphone with calling and texting disabled.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what.

21. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I think his point was that iOS on the iPads are Apple's OS on a larger canvas (already).

34. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apple's idea of BIG year is re-configuring the sizes of their entire lineup 3 years after the competition. So can't believe the company with 3.5 products that are basically the same product in 3 sizes, getting more sizes, is the worlds leading tech company, embarrassing! S ame S hit, different S ize :/

36. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 915; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

How is that different than EVERY other phone/tablet combo?

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