Apple’s Eddy Cue says its 2014 product range is the best he’s seen in 25 years

iPhone 5S hands on side by side top back

In an interview at the ongoing Code Conference, Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue said the firm’s forthcoming new products were the best he’d seen during his 25 year stint with the firm. Naturally, he stopped short of saying why, or providing any details about the products, but he was certainly enthused. 

Walt Mossberg quizzed Cue over the statement, asking if he truly believed it, and added that in 25 years we’ve seen the MacBook, the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod – all strong products. Cue wasn’t about to go into detail, and only replied that he “truly believed” this year’s new line-up was Apple’s best for a quarter of a century.

We’re used to hearing similar quotes from Apple. CEO Tim Cook has been teasing us about the company’s 2014 range since late last year. In an earnings call, he said new products would be coming out during 2014, and they represented “significant opportunities” for the company. In his year-end memo to Apple employees, he mentioned “big plans customers are going to love,” would arrive over the coming year. It was the same story in April, when Cook said “I feel great about what we’ve got coming.” 

Companies hyping up future products is nothing new, but Apple does so in a very distinct way, and never goes as far as talking about the segment which they’ll occupy, where they’ll end up fitting in the range, or anything solid at all. It’s a stark contrast to the endless rumors and leaks which surrounded many of this year’s major smartphone releases, such as the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3.

Drawing attention to what it has in store for us also comes at the right time. Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off on June 2, with the traditional keynote speech promising plenty of news about iOS 8, OS X, and we’re hoping, a few surprises too. We doubt any will be hardware related – sadly – and fear we’ve got to wait until September to find out what has blown Eddy’s socks off this year.

News

Zoom in on famous works through the Art Institute of Chicago’s new website

Art lovers, listen up. The Art Institute of Chicago has given its website a serious makeover with new features that let you get up close and personal with more than 50,000 artworks by famous (and not so famous) artists.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank

The television show "Shark Tank" has churned out quite a few strange, interesting, and downright awesome products -- so we rounded up some of the best ones for your perusal. Enjoy!
Wearables

Everything you need to know about Garmin’s GPS watches and trackers

Garmin jumped into the GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker market five years ago and has built a portfolio of devices that rivals competitor Fitbit. Here's your guide to the latest and greatest fitness devices that Garmin has to offer.
Movies & TV

Winter coming in spring? HBO reveals 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Cars

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.
Gaming

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.
Mobile

Motorola Moto G7: Here’s everything we know

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.
Mobile

T-Mobile's new Revvl 2, Revvl 2 Plus are now available for purchase

Last year, T-Mobile launched its own line of branded smartphones. As a follow-up to their predecessors, the carrier has unveiled the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus -- complete with a sleeker design. Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.
Wearables

Google's Wear OS update 'H' promises battery life improvements

Google has rebranded its Android Wear operating system to Wear OS. Removing the Android name may help people better understand Google-powered smartwatches, which also play nice with iOS devices. 
Smart Home

Huawei could soon take on Google and Amazon with a new digital assistant

According to a report from CNBC, Huawei is working on a new digital assistant that could try to take on the likes of Google and Amazon's Alexa. Huawei already has a digital assistant in China, but the new one will be aimed at markets…
Mobile

Leak shows a third, budget Google Pixel 3 with a Snapdragon 670, headphone jack

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a third. A budget Pixel 3 device that boasts some of the best features of the other two has been leaked.
Mobile

Use multiple phone numbers on one device with Verizon’s ‘My Numbers’ app

For those who have separate phone numbers and devices for your work and personal lives, Verizon wants to help you get more organized. With its new "My Numbers" app, you can use up to four additional phone numbers on a single smartphone.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…