Eddy Cue claims Apple's "best product pipeline" in 25 years is coming in 2014

Eddy Cue claims Apple's
We've already taken a look at a couple different things that Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine said last night at the Re/Code Code Conference, and there is one more thing that we need to unpack before moving on from that interview. Eddy Cue didn't say too much of note in the talk, but he did make one big proclamation, saying that 2014 would see Apple's "best product pipeline" in 25 years.

On the surface, that sounds quite impressive, but our first thought was this: "What was so special 25 years ago?" It turns out, nothing much. 1989 was four years into the Sculley era at Apple, and the only notable release that year was the ill-fated Macintosh Portable. Of course, that's not really the point. The point is that Cue was simply referring to the fact that he began working at Apple 25 years ago in order to make a point, because since 1989, we've also seen Apple release the iMac, the iPod, iTunes, Intel Macs, the MacBook Air, not to mention the iPhone, iPad, and iOS. But, all of those products were spread out, and no one year saw multiple major Apple releases. 

The question is what we can expect from Apple this year. Cue obviously also made the caveat that Apple doesn't like "to do too many things" and always likes to focus on doing "a few really incredible things", which means we can't expect everything that rumors have talked about. We know for sure that the iPhone 6 is on the docket, there's no debating that. There have been increasing rumors that Apple is going to announce a home automation system at WWDC, and Cue also mentioned that TV was a place where Apple could make something happen. That's three things, which fulfills the definition of "a few", and that doens't leave room for iOS 8, the iWatch, or the rumored iPhablet. 

source: Re/Code

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18 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So all this time Apple were making crap. So it only took beats audio to make it better. OMG.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....I guess the orig iPhone, iPad, iPod were all garbage. From the article: "But, all of those products were spread out, and no one year saw multiple major Apple releases." Doesnt matter...its still logically incorrect...and ...didnt the iPhone 4 and orig iPad launch in 2010?

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Than by your logic the iphone 4 was a product launch

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"A product pipeline is a series of products developed and sold by a company, ideally in different stages of their life cycle. Having at any point in a company's life some products in the growth and mature stage of the life cycle is the goal." Wiki....yeah I know. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipeline Title of article: Eddy Cue claims Apple's "best product pipeline" in 25 years is coming in 2014. Yea I said they launched....but they are part of the product pipeline. Also from the article: "But, all of those products were spread out, and no one year saw multiple major Apple releases." If you think the orig iPad and iPhone 4 wasnt a major release....well....I dont know what to say. The current iPhones are based on the 4 design overall.

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

No, it means Apple got upgraded hookahs for their "product innovation" room, with better piping. Expect a "higher" level of innovation than in years past.

2. express77 unregistered

The title of the article made me LOL.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well there's always next year for the cult loyalists.

13. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Cult loyalist...lol and yet you find a reason to criticize those who choose not to use your OS of choice. This is every apple article too. Sound a little bit like a hypocrite.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm giving up on Apple's ability to bring a game changer to the market. The iWatch and iBeats will not change my mind.

4. oister85 unregistered

Maybe is a handheld gaming device.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31531; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bing it on Apple, looking forward to seeing the goods. I got my eyes on a couple new gadgets.

8. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol at "bing"... Sounded pretty ironic...

7. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

nope... still not interested...

9. Atlgo-n-hard

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2014

I maybe going out on a limb when I say this but I would expect to see something thinner, lighter & faster for the 1st time from apple lol

11. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

and costlier...

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The only thing apple change is their app store and iTunes. Went through 2 ipod videos. Original ipod and the ipod classic. Each of them only lasted two years and never again buy another product. Back then I had no choice for buyn a mp3 player

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My kids' ipods are running in slo-mo mode now, but they did enjoy them for the couple of years that they lasted...

16. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Maybe they mean product pipeline as in better shipping. Wait..Maybe they will form a new shopping company. iShip.....rates are more than the others but your product is delivered by limo..

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