Apple hints at new categories of products, but in 2014

For anyone hoping to get a peek at what Apple has in store next year for totally new product categories, don’t count on clarity from Chief Executive Tim Cook today.

During a conference call to discuss Apple’s fourth-quarter results, Cook said Monday he was standing by his statement from earlier this year that its customers and investors would see “exciting new products” and new categories of products during the fall of this year and across 2014.

Cook mentioned “a long road map,” with Apple’s latest additions — such as a 64-bit smartphone and a fingerprint sensor — at the very start, but he kept his explanation to broad strokes.  More