Apple SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi formally introduced Dr. Dre as Apple Inc.'s newest employee during a keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference. In an open-forum telephone call, Dr. Dre jokingly asked Federighi, “What time should I show up for work?” mentioning that his ideal start time would be before Apple CEO and alleged early-riser Tim Cook.
“New employee orientation starts at 9:00, and you don’t want to miss the free t-shirt,” Federighi replied without formally disclosing the producer/entrepreneur's new company title.
Apple recently acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music, a company launched by Dre and music industry executive business partner, Jimmy Iovine, for $3 billion last week. The partner's equity stake in the company hasn't been revealed publicly but it is estimated to be upwards of several hundred millions.
Interscope CEO Iovine has also joined Apple as a part of the deal. Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers and chief creative officer Trent Reznor will both remain with Beats under Apple's ownership.
The conference phone call between Dre and Federighi was a part of a demonstration of Apple’s desktop-based calling system, a new feature of the operating system OS X Yosemite Additionally, iOS 8, Apple's newest version of its mobile and tablet operating system was also introduced.
Quoting, Federighi during the call, “Hey, Doctor, you’re on speaker phone via my Mac...We all want to welcome you to Apple.”
Congratulations Dr. Dre!