Well, if you were paying attention, you might have noticed that I left out one highly successful Apple product of the 2000s, a device that wasn’t part of the rumor trinity: the iPod. The iPod came out in October of 2001 and was something of a surprise to everybody. Rumors of an Apple digital music player had only sprung up about a week before it was unveiled. Before any of those storied Apple rumors above came to fruition, we got a product that wasn’t rumored at all. And, I don’t know if you noticed, but the iPod turned out pretty OK.
MacWorld did a great roundup of the Apple rumors from the last 10 years. While they note that the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple set-top box were the three most-rumored devices, they remind us that the iPod was basically a complete surprise. Right now the Apple rumor mill has slowing, but the author of this article wants to remind us that that’s okay. Whether Apple’s next big thing is an “iWatch” or otherwise, they’re undoubtedly working on something. And Tim Cook says he’s ready to introduce an “exciting new product category” going into 2014.