Apple chief executive Tim Cook has once again hinted the firm will enter new product categories in 2014 to help boosts sales in the face of declining profits.
Speaking to investors and analysts during the firm's fourth quarter earnings call, Cook made several references to product expansions in the coming year. In his opening remarks, he said: "We continue to be very confident in Apple's future and we see significant opportunities ahead of us in both current product categories and new ones."
Responding to questions from analysts eager to get more detail on the timeline of new product categories, Cook remained coy about Apple's plans and would not even be drawn on whether the product expansion would involve hardware or software, only saying the firm was "confident" of success.
"In terms of new product categories, specifically if you look at the skills that Apple has from hardware, software and services and at incredible app ecosystems, these set of things are very, very unique," he said.
"I think no-one has a set of skills like us and we obviously believe that we can use our skills in building other great products that are in categories that represent areas where we do not participate today. So we're pretty confident about that."
As is commonplace with Apple, speculation surrounding potential new product lines has been rife. Much of the discussion has centred around a smartwatch dubbed the iWatch, with various hints throughout 2013 adding fuel to the fire. Apple has also been linked to a potential launch of a so-called Apple TV as well.
Tim Cook has previously been quoted as referring to the "wrist area" as "interesting", and Apple trademarked the iWatch name earlier this year. In October, the firm poached Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts for her retail expertise, but her experience in the world of fashion - somewhere in which an iWatch would have to conquer if it is to succeed - did not go unnoticed.
iPhones with different screen sizes have also been slated as being worked on, as consumer demand for larger smartphones and "phablets" intensifies.
Despite dipping profits and a lack of clarity over future product launches, Apple's financial results showed record quarterly iPhone sales of 33.8 million, helped significantly by the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C. Apple's new iPad Air and iPad Mini 2, meanwhile, will go on sale on 1 November.
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