Apple CEO Tim Cook: We are prepping ‘products that will blow your mind’

“Apple‘s Tim Cook, addressing shareholders for the first time since he took over as CEO from Steve Jobs in August, said today the company will introduce mind-blowing products this year,” Connie Guglielmo reports for Forbes.

“‘You can be assured we are working as hard as ever this year to deliver an incredible year and some products that will blow your mind,’ said Cook, 51, speaking before investors at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California,” Guglielmo reports. “He also paid homage to Jobs, who passed away in October. ‘There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him,’ Cook said, describing the ‘great sadness’ he and others experienced and thanking Apple fans for their condolences. But as the weeks passed, Cook said that ‘great sadness turned into an intense determination to continue the journey because that’s what he would have wanted.'”

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      1. Are you aware of time zones?

        And I haven’t read that comments written must comply to governing regulations in order participate here.

        Easy up. Relax. Enjoy.
        Make a joke… ahhh you were ahhh ok u sul-funnie.

        1. Nothing personal, just wanted to insert the link near the top of the comments section, where it’s more likely to be noticed. I’ll stop using that trick…it doesn’t work, anyway…

  1. @MDN: after reading Jonathan Ive’s comments for Jobs’ biography, it became apparent that he could never be at Apple’s head. He is too artistic, self-focused person. He is “half” of what Steve Jobs was. Cook is the other “half”, which is about business.

    There should be this pair — Cook-Ive — but Cook is the one of the two who could run Apple.

    1. They are: Ive is heading the hardware design phase, and Cook is running the rest of the company. That keeps Ive applying his talents with singular focus, and Cook keeps the software development moving along as well as making sure all of the other issues (suppliers, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, etc.) are all on track and running smoothly.

    2. Steve knew who to hire for the job. He wasn’t an artist, software or hardware designer. He wasn’t the supply guru. He was a brilliant CEO with brilliant taste and vision. Ives is not half of Steve Jobs. He is a neccessary and vital component of the apple team who did things Steve wasn’t a master of. Just like most other employees. That is why apple is still running full speed ahead. They still have the team after Steve passed.

      1. That is unfair, Zeke. All of the items listed by BLN would be significant releases by Apple. Don’t let the messenger spoil the message.

        As far as the smaller iPad goes, it will be interesting to see what size display Apple chooses when it eventually releases a smaller iPad. Unless Apple finds a way to drastically reduce the price of an entry-level iPad, I believe that Apple will offer a smaller, lower cost iPad sometime during calendar year 2012, likely by the beginning of the holiday quarter. Even if Apple does reduce the cost of a 9.7″ iPad, I still believe that a smaller iPad would sell very well. It would also be more portable and sized better for some applications, such as a TV interface.

        The current 9.7″ diagonal iPad display uses a 4:3 ratio (5.82″ x 7.76″) and has 1024×768 pixels (resolution of 132 ppi).

        An 8″ diagonal iPad display using the same 4:3 ratio (4.8″ x 6.4″) and the current 1024×768 pixels would have a resolution of 160 ppi. This display would be roughly 17.5% smaller in linear dimensions than the current iPad 2 display and provide approximately 68% of the display area.

        A 7″ diagonal iPad display using the same 4:3 ratio (4.2″ x 5.6″) and the current 1024×768 pixels would have a resolution of ~183 ppi. This display would be roughly 27.6% smaller in linear dimensions than the current iPad 2 display and provide approximately 52% of the display area.

        1. Wrong about the 8″ iPad. Will never happen. There’s no market for a “tween” tablet. That’s been proven already. Plus, the price would not be that much less.

          Steve Jobs already said that Apple’s research showed the current size iPad was ideal for reading books, viewing magazine pages, and handling all sorts of media. The fact is viewing TV shows/movies is not a large part of the iPad’s usage; web pages, iBooks and other reading uses are.

          1. Respectfully disagree. The Fire is selling well and has all the characteristics of a disruptive product. Apple might be wise to have a fighter product in that area.

            1. @Amzn Troll?

              while I have no stock in Amazon, I do have a position in appl that, in all probability, is larger than the sum that you will earn during your life. how did I accumulate such a pile of wampum? by knowing a disrupter when I see one.

          2. “There’s no market for a “tween” tablet. That’s been proven already.”

            There is no evidence to support this. The iPad smokes everything of all sizes. Unless there comes a day that there is a successful iPad 10″ competitor with a non-selling 7″ cousin, or the iPad comes out with a 7″ or 8″ variety that does not sell, we just do not know the market for this. There are some applications where the 7″ or 8″ would make sense. It is more portable, and some applications do not benefit as much from the 7″ to 10″ jump as others.

            This does not mean that Apple will make it, but they very well might. They came out with the iPod shuffle.

    1. Why is another half an inch on an iPhone any better? Why not a 5 inch iPhone? Why not 6? Or 7. Or 8?

      What is better about an 8 inch iPad. Why not a 7 or 6?

      Please, be specific.

    2. It occurs to me after all your incessant droning on about these 4″ and 8″ products, you have never once given a single reason that apple should ever make one. No compelling function they can do that an iPad and iPhone can’t do better.

      Apple is about focus and simplicity. Elegance of design and purpose. Concepts that you don’t seem to understand at all. Without justifying a unique purpose for these in between devices Apple will not make them.

      If they do make either it will likely be close to the exact middle. There will never be a 4″ or 5″ iPhone. Those are completely fail sizes for phones with no real purpose other than to hold a larger battery to power a horrendously terrible LTE chipset. An 8″ is possible if they can create a unique market for it, but I’m very skeptical. There’s no wildly successful device in this category.

  2. This is going to sound hard to believe I suppose but about six months ago I was sitting having a casual lunch and my wife and I struck up a conversation with an older guy about his iPhone. He said his daughter was an Apple exec and he was very proud of her success. Then he said, “She told me that Apple has a 25 year vision. Products are planned out that far in advance at least in concept, then as the technology permits and conditions change they actually build them.”
    I was surprised, not by the idea of advanced planning but by the breadth of it. So now you might not find it hard to believe that GENUINELY incredible products (not imitative, derivative, or me too) are in the pipeline. I fully expect that they are working on brainwave products, embedded computer functionality (in other products and yes, people), and areas we can scarcely imagine. If Steve Jobs left a legacy to his company, that is it. The courage to imagine what is not yet here and to make it a reality.

    1. That is pretty mind blowing if that is true. The world is lucky to have a company like Apple on its surface. May we get to enjoy it for awhile longer before the lift off into outer space and rejoin the fleet.

    2. Now THAT’S what we’re talkin about!!!!!
      Apple’s been blowing my mind since my first iMac (bondi blue). When Tim Cook comes out and says something like this I get goosebumps. Us mere mortals are now so used to the brilliance of Apple we can’t imagine that what we take for granted right now may only be the beginning.

    3. I believe what you say is true and it wouldn’t surprise me at all — in fact, it’s what I expect out of Apple and Steve Jobs. Steve’s real gift was patience. Other companies release products before they are ready: look at how original Blu-Ray drives costs $1000 or early plasma TVs were $10K. Apple waits until the tech is mature enough to hit the appropriate price point and all the bugs are worked out, then releases something awesome. I’m sure Apple has tons of great ideas on the drawing board now, but they don’t talk about them and won’t until they are ready. Microsoft would release a “concept” video, showing how some device might work in the future, but it’s just science fiction. Google would release an incredibly buggy “beta” that will take a decade of tweaking before it’s half decent (which sort of works with software, but good luck doing that with hardware, Google). Only Apple has the patience to stay silent and wait, and that’s why their products amaze and seem to come out of nowhere and take over whole industries overnight.

    1. Certainly. When the time comes, that’s exactly what I intend to do. Why should I be limited to making money only when the market goes up?

      Lets face it. The economy isn’t getting any better. Looking below the surface, the economy is deteriorating. The stock market has been kept alive since 2009 by interest rates that are unnaturally low and an expansion of the money supply by the FED that is unprecedented in my lifetime (53 years). What lies ahead are inflation and higher interest rates which are likely going to drive the stock market down to retest the March 2009 low; maybe even lower.

      With Phase I of the secular bear market behind us, and Phase II well underway, I’m not as confident as many seem to be. That’s why I began liquidating my position in AAPL when it reached 500 a share.

      In the meantime, the bear will continue to do its job of luring investors back into the stock market under the false impression that the economy has turned the corner and that stocks are a safe bet again… exactly where we are today.

      I’m sure many will disagree with me on this one. Well. Like they always say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

      1. I am moving more in your direction. Just sold all AAPL and now only invest in options (have profited in both call and put in the last 60 days). AAPL itself is a prime investment but outside factors attenuate that. Maybe 6 to 8 months will tell.

  3. I love it. Oh I guess Apple competitors are already firing up their copy machine. The one big difference with one of them is that they no longer have a sleazy, double back stabbing spy rubbing elbows with Apple upper management.

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