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Eddy Cue: Best Product Pipeline in 25 Years Coming Later This Year From Apple

While it has been a slow start for Apple's product launches thus far in 2014, its flagship iPhone and iPad launches are still to come and it looks like there may be considerably more in the works. That conclusion is based on the level of anticipation shared by Apple's Internet Software and Services chief Eddy Cue at today's Code Conference, as related in a live blog from The Verge.

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Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine (Source: The Verge)

During a session in which Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher sat down with Cue and Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine to discuss the just confirmed deal and other topics, Swisher asked Cue about how Tim Cook is as a leader.

Cue responded with some of the usual compliments said about Cook: thoroughness, vision, care, and focus. And as if anticipating a follow-up question about when we will see those qualities having more of an impact on Apple's product pipeline, Cue set a high bar for the remainder of this year:
"Later this year, we've got the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple."
Cue declined to elaborate on that pipeline, noting only that the products will unsurprisingly be "great".


The first hints of Apple's plans for the remainder of 2014 are likely to be revealed next Monday during the keynote at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple executives are expected to show off OS X 10.10, iOS 8, a "smart home" initiative, and likely some hardware, although it is unclear how significant those hardware announcements will be.

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17 weeks ago

Ever since we lost Steve Jobs it seems as though everyone has lost hope in Apple.


Not really. Only the people who need to have their random urges satisfied every 90 seconds, and who thought they were getting it from Steve Jobs, even though they really weren't.
Rating: 14 Votes
17 weeks ago

"Later this year, we've got the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple."


So much for under promise, over deliver.
Rating: 13 Votes
17 weeks ago
Exactly what one would expect him to say.
Rating: 12 Votes
17 weeks ago
If it's once a year like it appears to be. Why call it a "pipeline" ?. That pipeline seems to be clogged.
Rating: 11 Votes
17 weeks ago
Cue's statement is completely meaningless.
He could've been at Apple for 1000 years: 2014’s iPhone & iPad are better than
2013's, 2012’s, 2011’s .... 1017’s, 1016’s & 1015's.
Just more mindless PR drivel from Apple.

As was pointed out above, Cook promised "great products all across 2014."
Well, here we are at almost the second half of 2014 and there's been nothing.

Oh, wait, I am sorry: there've been significantly updated Apple apps so far this year,
and Apple apps are great products, so I guess that's what he meant.

And guess what? He's gonna say that again next year, too.
Rating: 9 Votes
17 weeks ago
Pretty much describes myself right now...

Rating: 8 Votes
17 weeks ago



If it's once a year like it appears to be. Why call it a "pipeline" ?. That pipeline seems to be clogged.


They release products once a year.

They work on products 24/7... for years.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 weeks ago

Not really. Only the people who need to have their random urges satisfied every 90 seconds, and who thought they were getting it from Steve Jobs, even though they really weren't.


No - not really. Here is Cook's quote from the Q2 2013 earnings call:

“I’m just saying we’ve got really great stuff coming in the fall, and across all of 2014.”

So no great stuff through the first half of this year and now Cue is referencing later this year. Not consistent with what Cook promised.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 weeks ago

So much for under promise, over deliver.


The man who created that quote regrets it now. Under promise and over deliver, according to him, results in unachievable expectations over the long term. Promise, deliver. That's all you should do.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 weeks ago
I like Eddy Cue, but he is desperately bluffing, in the last 25 years we are talking about OSX, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad.

Come on, there are no product in any pipeline in any company that can take only one of those product and be more successful.

I may print this post in december 2014 and eat it if what Eddy say turns ups true.
Rating: 4 Votes

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