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Tim Cook virtually confirms no summer launch for iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2

Well here’s one Apple rumour we can seemingly put to bed as of right now; the next-generation iPhone 5S and iPad 5 devices will not be launched this summer and that’s straight from the horses mouth.

Following the company’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that a host of products are lined up for launch ‘this fall’ and throughout 2014.

Cook said: “Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software and services we can’t wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014.”

“We continue to be very confident in our product plans. We’ve got a
lot more surprises in store. This is the same
culture that brought the iPhone and the iPad and we’ve got a lot more
products in the works.”

When pushed on the matter, Cook added: “I don’t want to be more specific, I’m just saying we’ve got some really good stuff coming in the fall and in all of 2014.”

Recent speculation had suggested that the company would break from its release cycle and unleash the new iPhone earlier than usual.

Other rumours had seen predictions of a new thinner, lighter, Retina Display-toting iPad mini 2 tablet arriving during the summer season. It seems clear now that won’t be the case.

The company is also rumoured to have an ‘iWatch’ smartwatch up its sleeve, while rumours persist that an Apple TV flatscreen set may be on the way.

Whether that speculation will come to fruition in the form of product launches remains to be seen, but it seems we’re going to have to wait until the leaves start falling to find out.

During the earnings call Apple announced slightly lower profits of $9.5 billion on sales of 37.4 million and 19.5 million iPads.

Cook admitted that the slowing growth and falling stock prices were concerning and frustrating, but said the company’s new products will decide its fate rather than Wall Street.

He said: “Decline in stock price has been very frustrating to all of us.

“The key to Apple’s strength is creating innovative products, and that is always in Apple’s control.”

Via: VentureBeat

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