Will 2014 prove to be a watershed year for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) product innovation? Apple’s Eddy Cue and Beats Electronics’ Jimmy Iovine dropped plenty of gems for Apple fans to latch onto at Re/Code’s first annual Code Conference on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, much of the conversation focused on Apple’s recently confirmed acquisition of Beats Electronics. While the general terms of the $3 billion acquisition were announced in a press release from Apple, Cue revealed a few additional details on the deal, including Apple’s plan to keep the Beats Music streaming music app available for Android and Windows Phone users, reports Re/Code. Iovine also gave Apple investors a glimpse of Beats Music’s current level of success when he revealed that the subscription-only service now has 250,000 users after only being available for barely four months.
However, for Apple fans that are eager to find out what surprises the Cupertino-based company has up its sleeve, Cue’s comments about the iPhone maker’s upcoming products may have been the most exciting highlight of the conference. While light on the details, Cue’s description of Apple’s new products was heavy on the hype.
“Later this year…we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen at Apple in my twenty-five years at Apple,” stated Cue in a video of the conference provided by Re/Code. While it’s no surprise that a high-level company executive would boast that the latest products are also the greatest, Cue’s comments seem particularly bold considering Apple’s impressive history of innovative products. After all, the twenty-five year time span cited by Cue would encompass the release of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.