Following Apple's 9 September event, which saw the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay, we take a look at what the rest of 2014 has in store. We're expecting iPad 6, iPad mini 3, new Macs, and maybe even a new Apple TV (finger's crossed!). Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products that haven't even been rumoured yet in a new interview. Here, we recap 2014's Apple launches so far, and take a look ahead at the few remaining months of 2014 to find out what to expect.
Apple rumours 2014: Tim Cook hints at secret projects
On 12 September, a rare interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on PBS' Charlie Rose show, offering some insight into what's going on behind the scenes at the company. Among the titbits we were able to take away from the interview were some hints at upcoming products and secret projects happening at Apple that we don't yet know about.
"The hardest decisions we make are all the things not to work on, frankly," said Cook. "Because there's lots of things we like to work on that we have interest in. But we know we can't do everything great."
"There are products that we're working on that no one knows about," he added. "Yes – that haven't been rumoured about yet." That seems almost impossible to us, as there's a rumour out there for just about everything Apple could possibly make. "Part of some of those are going to come out and be blow-away, probably."
"And some of those we'll probably decide, 'You know, that one we're going to stop'," Cook continued. "And so, we kick around a lot of things internally. And we might start something and get down the road a little bit, and have a different idea."
It's not going to be a social network, that's for sure. Cook said that he sees Facebook and Twitter as partners rather than competitors, and that Apple has "no plans to be in the social networking area."
Cook also spoke a bit about the Apple TV, hinting that something is coming and that the company is still working on it. Read on to find out more.
2014 Apple launches: The story so far
So far in 2014, Apple has unveiled iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, in addition to small updates to its iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line-ups. It used WWDC 2014 to focus on its software, which is undergoing some huge changes this year by becoming more open than ever before.
The small Mac updates are likely a result of the delay of Intel's next generation Broadwell chips, which we expect will now be introduced to Macs next year.
On 28 August, Apple sent out invites to a 9 September event, and that event saw the launch of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch, alongside a new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.
Read more about the 9 September event's launches by following the links below:
Apple rumours 2014: iPad Air 2/ iPad 6
We're pretty certain that a new iPad Air is in the works. We're expecting the next iPad to arrive in October, based on Apple's product launch history, though leaks have so far been thin on the ground. Find out more in our iPad Air 2 rumour round-up.
We've also got an iPad 6 preview for you.
Apple rumours 2014: iPad mini 3
Can you believe we're talking about the third generation iPad mini already? Like the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini (iPad mini 2) was launched in October so we're expecting a new iPad mini in October 2014.
Here's our iPad mini 3 rumour round-up.
Apple rumours 2014: OS X 10.10
Apple unveiled Mac OS X 10.10 at WWDC 2014, which it called 'Yosemite'. As expected, Apple took some design inspiration from the iOS 7 redesign for Yosemite, and we think it looks great.
You can expect to get OS X Yosemite on your Mac this autumn, possibly in October. Find out more in our OS X Yosemite release date article.
If you want to get started with OS X Yosemite now, find out all about the Yosemite public beta here.
Apple rumours 2014: iOS 8
Apple has confirmed that we'll get iOS 8 on our iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices on 17 September this year. New features include HealthKit, as well as lots of improvements to the Notifications Centre, Safari, Messages and more.
Find out more about what to expect from the next iOS in our iOS 8 round-up. Also, here's how to prepare for the iOS 8 launch, and you can find out whether your iPad or iPhone will run iOS 8 here.
Apple rumours 2014: Retina MacBook Air
It's been rumoured for a while now that Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air. The current MacBook Air line-up doesn't include any Retina models, but the latest speculation says that the new model with the higher-resolution screen will have a 12in display, rather than the current 11in and 13in displays.
Apple updated its MacBook Air line-up in April, giving every model a processor boost and price drop, so we're expecting a new Retina model to arrive towards the end of the year.
Find out more about what to expect from the new MacBook Air in our Retina MacBook Air rumour round-up.
Apple rumours 2014: new Retina MacBook Pro
Apple didn't use last year's WWDC to update its Retina MacBook Pro line-up, instead waiting until October during the iPad Air launch to introduce new models, so we had thought that an October refresh of the high-resolution laptops was likely. However, in July, Apple decided to give its MacBook Pro line-up a minor spec boost and price drop, so new MacBook Pros in October seems less likely. Perhaps Apple is planning to wait until 2015 when Intel's next-generation Broadwell chips launch.
Apple rumours 2014: new iMacs
Apple launched a new, cheaper iMac in June, but did nothing but reduce the price for its other iMac models, including the 27in version. That's why we're still expecting to see new iMacs launch soon.
Find out more about what to expect from the next generation iMac in our 2014 iMac rumour round-up.
Apple rumours 2014: new Apple TV
It's been two years since Apple released a proper update for the Apple TV, and honestly, we're growing a little impatient.
With rivals including Google, Amazon and Western Digital releasing competing products that are pretty impressive, we're hoping that Apple has got something amazing up its sleeve for the Apple TV, and that it's going to show it off really soon.
The new Apple TV could have a microphone built-in, in order to enable the use of Siri with the set-top box. Code spotted in iOS 7.1.1 files indicate that Siri could be on its way to the Apple TV soon.
On 12 September, during Tim Cook's interview mentioned at the top of this article, Cook also talked about the Apple TV, giving us confidence that we can expect to see something new from Apple at some point in the near future.
"TV is one that we continue to have great interest in," Cook said. "I choose my words carefully there. TV is one of those things that if we're really honest it's stuck back in the 70s. Think about how much your life has changed, and all the things around you that have changed. It almost feels like you're rewinding the clock and you've entered a time capsule and you're going backwards."
The Apple TV has more than 20 million users so has "far exceeded the 'hobby' label we've placed on it," he added. You can watch the clip from the interview below.
There are lots more rumours about the Apple TV in our Apple TV rumour round-up.
Apple rumours 2014: New Mac mini
We're growing impatient about the Mac mini too.
Mac mini fans have been waiting in the dark since October 2012 for a new update to the Mac mini, so we're hoping that this year will bring us an update. Despite speculation that Apple might be planning to discontinue the Mac mini, we don't think the company should ignore it.
There's been talk of a new Mac mini since late last year, so a new version in 2014 is certainly possible.
Find out more about what to expect in our new Mac mini rumour round-up.
See also: 5 reasons not to buy a Mac mini.