Walt Mossberg: Apple executives say the second half of 2014 will have impressive new products

As usual, talk of Apple's innovative demise are wholly premature.

For a few months now, we've been hearing word from Tim Cook himself that we should expect not only new products across 2014, but new product categories to boot. It's now mid-May, WWDC is just a few weeks away, and it's largely been an uneventful 2014 for Apple outside of the company's propensity to sell boatloads of iPhones and generate insanely large profits.

While some cynics, like usual, believe Apple's days of innovation are a thing of the past, 2014 isn't done yet. In other words, there's still plenty of time for Apple to release some new game-changing products. So, as is typically the case, the oft-cited arguments that Apple is doomed are premature.

There is, of course, no shortage of iPhone 6 mockups making the rounds. What's more, the iWatch rumors continue to grow louder as Apple continues to amass a rather impressive team of biomedical experts. On top of that, even Walt Mossberg, who typically doesn't chime in on rumors, has joined the party, noting as much in article just a few weeks ago that Apple executives told him that there are some exciting products in the pipeline.

Apple executives have assured me that the second half of 2014 will have impressive new products. And Mr. Cook declared nearly a year ago during an onstage interview that “We have several more game-changers in us.”

This of course begs the question - just what does Apple have in store?

Even if we put those iPhone 6 rumors to rest for a second, there are many areas for Apple to make innovative strides. Again, there's the iWatch which may capitalize on the growing interest in wearable technologies and health sensors. Just as intriguing, I think, is the notion of iPhone-facilitated mobile payments. Apple has made some interesting hires in this regard and it'll be interesting to see what types of surprises Apple has in store for us before year's end. Notably, the latest iPhone 6 rumors have been pointing to an iPhone with NFC functionality.

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