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Apple Watch, health and other topics from Jeff Williams talk at Recode Conference

As announced previously, Jeff Williams, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations, sat down this morning with journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the Recode Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

He discussed some wide-ranging topics, including Apple’s gamble with the Apple Watch, how they went about solving reliability issues with Taptic Engine, how native apps will improve the Apple Watch experience come this fall, Apple’s focus on health and fitness and more.

Here’s a recap of his chat with Swisher and Mossberg.

Apple’s op-chief Jeff Williams confirmed to speak at second Code Conference

Jeff Williams, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations and the guy in charge of the development of the Apple Watch, is scheduled to speak at Re/code’s Code Conference later this month, the publication confirmed Thursday morning.

The second Code Conference runs from May 26 to May 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California — just two weeks ahead of Apple’s annual developer conference serving as a launchpad for iOS/OS X platform advances.

At last year’s inaugural Code Conference, Apple originally planned on dispatching its online services and software engineering chiefs, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. But the $3 billion Beats buy had Apple change its mind and replace Federighi with Beats co-founder and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, who mostly discussed the Beats acquisition at the event.

iTunes surpasses 35 billion songs sold, iTunes Radio hits 40 million listeners

Speaking at last night’s inaugural Code Conference, Apple SVP of Internet services Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine shared some numbers on their respective music services following yesterday’s major acquisition.

Iovine talked Beats Music, and Cue of course talked iTunes, which have each hit major milestones within the last week. Beats has surpassed the quarter million subscriber mark, and iTunes hit 35 billion digital downloads sold…

Eddy Cue: today’s TV experience sucks

Last night, Apple’s Eddy Cue (and Jimmy Iovine) joined Recode’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher on stage at the Code Conference to discuss a wide range of topics. The focus was obviously on the recently announced Beats acquisition, but as you can imagine, other interesting stuff came up as well.

One of the more noteworthy bits came after Cue was questioned on the long-rumored Apple TV update. Mossberg said it’s clear Apple has been wanting to do a big TV project for a long time, and Tim Cook has even alluded to it on a few occasions, but we haven’t seen anything yet. Here’s Cue’s response…

Eddy Cue: Apple’s best product pipeline in 25 years coming later this year

‘Has Apple lost its ability to innovate?’ has become a common theme among critics in recent years, who note that the company hasn’t released a groundbreaking new product since the iPad in 2010. And going halfway through 2014 without mention of a new gadget hasn’t helped its cause.

But according to Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, that’s about to change. The executive sat down with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the Code Conference last night to talk about the recent high-profile Beats acquisition, and set major expectations for the fall…

Microsoft demos real-time voice translation feature for Skype

Last night at Recode’s inaugural Code Conference, Microsoft announced a new real-time voice translation feature for its Skype VoIP service. The company says it’s currently in beta form, but it plans to eventually roll it out to all devices.

The goal of the feature is to allow users to hold a conversation with someone speaking a foreign language, with Skype providing near-instant voice translations for both parties. And judging by the initial demonstration, it works fairly well…

Top Apple execs Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi speaking at Code Conference

Top Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will headline the second night of Recode’s Code Conference in May, joining an already high profile lineup including General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Hollywood mogul Ryan Seacrest.

Apple executives rarely make an appearance at events outside of those officially held by Apple, however, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, formerly of the D Conference, obviously have a secret to doing it. The two have interviewed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs several times, including once alongside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and most recently interviewed CEO Tim Cook.