Apple’s Tim Cook Hints at Big Plans for 2014

From the iWatch to an oversize iPhone to CEO Tim CookEUs future with the company -- 2013 has been chock full of Apple rumors. With that in mind, it would almost seem strange not to close out the year with more Apple speculation.

The news media is obliging with a leaked memo from Cook to employees at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. In the memo, which thanked employees for their hard work in 2013, Cook shares that Apple has EUbig plans that we think customers are going to love.EU

EUThis holiday season, tens of millions of people around the world, from all walks of life, are experiencing Apple products for the first time,EU Cook wrote. EUThose moments of surprise and delight are magical, and theyEUre all made possible by your hard work. As many of us prepare to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, IEUd like to take a moment to reflect on what weEUve achieved together over the past year.EU

A Lot To Look Forward To

Cook pointed to the products Apple released in its major categories and cited the EUbreadth and depth of innovation at Apple.EU He noted that the company extended its lead in the smartphone market with the iPhone 5s; launched iOS 7; released OS X Mavericks for free to customers; introduced the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display; and began shipping the Mac Pro from a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. Apple also marked its 50 billionth download on the App Store.

Cook went on to recall how Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines and its contributions to the Product (RED) program, which supports the Global Fund in its fight against the spread of AIDS in Africa. Finally,...

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