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After purchasing an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, many upgraders will be left with old iPhones or Android phones that can be worth quite a bit of money. There are several options for trading in old devices that can significantly cut down on the cost of purchasing a new device, and most of the trade-in options are entirely hassle free. Some carriers are even offering trade-in bonuses in order to entice users to upgrade to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Verizon, for example, is offering a free 16GB iPhone 6 with the trade-in of an iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, or 5s in good working condition with the renewal of a two-year contract, a $199 value. That's not a great deal for users that have a mint-condition iPhone 5s (which is generally worth more than $199), but it is a pretty solid option for former 4, 4s, 5, or 5c users. T-Mobile has guaranteed the best trade-in values on used devices, promising to meet the best trade-in prices of other major carriers. If a customer finds a better trade-in price than what T-Mobile is offering, T-Mobile will meet the price and pay an additional $50. Sprint has also offered to match the trade-in policies of other carriers, and will beat buyback pricing on trade-ins for new lines of service. Under the terms of the new trade-in policy, Sprint is offering up to $300 for older devices towards a new iPhone purchase. Like other carriers, AT&T is planning to offer up to $300 to customers trading in an old device to purchase a new iPhone 6. AT&T is also offering a $100 credit for customers that add a new line to their Next accounts. Apple has an in-store trade-in program and an online program, with the online trade-in program offering up to $310 for a 32GB iPhone 5s in good condition. Apple's in-store program offers an immediate gift card for an old device that can be put towards the purchase of a new device. Retailers like Target and Best Buy also have trade-in programs. Best Buy currently offers $310 for a 32GB iPhone 5s in good working condition, while Target offers $247.50 for the same device. Along with immediate trade-ins from carrier stores, Apple retail locations, and electronic retailers, there are also countless vendors that accept trade-ins via mail. Popular trade-in site Gazelle, for example, is offering $275 for a locked 32GB iPhone 5s in "flawless" condition, or $300 for the same phone unlocked. Amazon has a trade-in program that often offers some of the best trade-in values, but maximum value comes from accepting an Amazon gift card rather than cash. The company offers up to $347.50 for a 32GB iPhone 5s from AT&T, or up to $400 for an unlocked version of the same phone. Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for pre-order tonight at 12:01 AM PT. Prices for the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 begin at $199 with a two year contract, while prices for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus begin at $299 on contract. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • EA Announces 'SimCity BuildIt' for iOS Devices • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages

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Following Tuesday's announcement of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple announced plans to begin taking pre-orders for the devices on Friday, September 12. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T will all begin accepting pre-orders at 12:01 AM PT according to their websites, and carriers typically open up pre-orders alongside Apple. Apple's support representatives are, however, still claiming that the company does not yet have a specific time for the pre-order. Unlike last year where only the iPhone 5c was available for pre-order, Apple will be offering both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus for pre-order. There have been few reports on available supply, but typically it's best to make an order right away if possible because in the past, pre-orders have sold out within mere minutes. As we mentioned yesterday, it's a good idea to check on upgrade eligibility beforehand. Apple will be accepting pre-orders through both its website and the Apple Store app. Along with carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Walmart, and Target will also be accepting iPhone 6 pre-orders, but times may vary. Apple's iPhone 6 is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities in the United States for $199, $299, and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing begins at $649. Apple's higher-priced iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing on that device begins at $749. Pre-orders are expected to be available in the first wave of release countries: US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, with the phones available in retail stores beginning on September 19. Apple's second wave of iPhone 6 orders will begin on September 26 for several countries across Europe, Taiwan, New Zealand, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • EA Announces 'SimCity BuildIt' for iOS Devices • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages

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Apple's first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are already landing on U.S. soil, reports CCAonline (via iPhone in Canada). According to the report, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two "special cargo" batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines. Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10. MacRumors had previously heard similar word that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units at central locations before distributing them around the country for launch. As a very rough estimate based on the device weight supplied by Apple, these parcels could hold approximately 720,000 iPhone 6 units or 540,000 iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Apple is reportedly paying up to 200 million yuan for the freight in what may be a single-day shipment record for China Southern freight. This shipment is one of many Apple has planned in the coming weeks with the company supposedly booking much of the available cargo shipping space coming out of China. Apple supposedly has a stranglehold on outgoing shipments, forcing some smaller manufacturers to delay the transport of their products out of the Asian country. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • EA Announces 'SimCity BuildIt' for iOS Devices • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages

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Intel is hoping Apple will turn to the California company for the cellular baseband hardware in future mobile products, says Intel Korea President Lee Hee-sung in a statement reported by the Korea Herald. The baseband manages the radio functions of an iPhone or cellular-capable iPad, allowing the device to communicate with the carrier's mobile network. "Chances are high that global smartphone makers such as Apple and LG Electronics will use Intel’s baseband chips in their products down the road,” said Lee Hee-sung, the president of Intel Korea, at a press meeting on Thursday. Such collaborations are highly likely given that the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics, has recently announced its midrange premium handset the Galaxy Alpha, which contains Intel’s XMM7260 baseband modem."Apple had originally used Infineon baseband hardware in early models of the iPhone, but after Infineon was purchased by Intel in 2010 Apple shifted to using communication chips from market leader Qualcomm. Intel has, however, been hard at work at improving its baseband chips, as evidenced by the design win in the new Galaxy Alpha. Apple and Intel are of course already partners for the complete line of Mac processors, but Apple will undoubtedly focus on technology and pricing considerations in weighing any potential switch for its mobile products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • EA Announces 'SimCity BuildIt' for iOS Devices • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages

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Apple is aiming to ship a combined total of 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units by the end of this year, reports Digitimes. To achieve this goal, the company has reportedly asked its supply chain partners to ramp up component production. Barring any production issues, Apple is aiming for 10 million units by the end of September with another 70 million units by the end of the fourth quarter. The news follows a report from the Wall Street Journal report in July, which stated that Apple was preparing to manufacture a massive number of iPhone 6 units in anticipation of high demand. Apple was said to have produced a total of 60 million units for the iPhone 5 in the later half of 2012. Last year, Apple experienced significantly constrained supplies with the iPhone 5s, as supplies were not steady until nearly three months after its launch. Rumors prior to the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus yesterday stated that Apple was experiencing major production issues with the larger model, which was said to be the reason behind a potentially delayed launch. However, with both iPhone 6 models up for pre-order on September 12 and available for purchase on September 19, it is possible that Apple has a steady supply to answer high consumer demand. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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Capitalizing on Apple's much-talked about and publicized special event yesterday, Samsung has released a series of new web ads (via Engadget) poking fun at the live stream's struggles, the iPhone 6 getting a screen size upgrade, the Apple Watch and more. All six ads can be seen in the video playlist below. All of the ads feature two actors dressed similar to Apple Geniuses in an environment that looks like the back area of an Apple Store. The first ad notes how the live stream for Apple's event intermittently cut out for some viewers while also experiencing odd production issues, like two songs playing over each other or a Chinese translator having her audio played over the keynote. The second ad features the two eagerly anticipating "something groundbreaking" from the keynote until the larger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are unveiled, which has them excited until they compare it to large-screened Android phones. Another ad points out that the Samsung Gear S doesn't require a phone for all of its features, like the Apple Watch. The Samsung Gear S will launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 this fall. The rest of the ads continue Samsung's effort to differentiate its Galaxy devices from the new iPhones, pointing out its Fast Charging Mode, Multi Window multitasking and the Galaxy Note's S Pen stylus. Samsung often releases ads capitalizing on moves Apple makes with its iPhone line, most famously releasing a series of ads of people waiting in line for the latest iPhone while enviously looking at Galaxy devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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Just a day after unveiling new pricing for iCloud, Apple has begun emailing existing iCloud subscribers to notify them that the company is upgrading their accounts to the new price points and will be refunding them the difference. However, users will be allowed to keep the same storage sizes. For example, a user subscribed to the 25 GB plan, which is no longer an option under the new iCloud pricing, will have their price reduced from $40 a year to $11.99 a year. The discounted price is in line with the new $0.99 a month price for 20 GB, although established iCloud customers do get an extra 5 GB. However, once a user changes their plan away from "legacy plans" like the 25 GB, they cannot return to them. Apple says the new price points are in effect due to iCloud Drive, which lets users store and access data from any of their devices. The launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will see the launch of iCloud Drive this fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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When Apple announced that the Apple Watch would be able to use Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment initiative, many wondered how secure the payments would be if the device lacked the security of Touch ID, which is used in the iPhone 6's implementation. Now, several members of the press have confirmed how the system works. Both Rene Ritchie of iMore and Cult of Mac report that when a user first puts on the Watch they must type in a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay. Once it's on, the Watch uses constant skin contact, which it can sense using the four sapphire-covered lenses on the underside of the device, to authorize payments. However, once the device is removed from a user's wrist, they must re-enter their PIN when putting the device back on their wrist. Thanks to sensors on the Apple Watch’s back, the device can tell when it’s being worn and when it has been taken off. When you first put the watch on, you must enter a code. When the watch is removed from your wrist, the watch locks itself and can’t be used for payments unless the code is entered again.MasterCard's mobile payment executive Ed McLaughlin also told Re/code that the Watch would use the four sensors on the back of the device as a security measure, while Visa CEO Charlie Scharf said that Apple understood the risks of contactless payments and has a solution. The Apple Watch is due to arrive in early 2015 and will start at $350. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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After yesterday's media event, Apple updated its website to provide additional information on its iCloud pricing ahead of the launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. As of today, the company's updated storage plans are live, allowing users to purchase iCloud storage upgrades using the new pricing scheme. While customers will continue to get 5GB of cloud storage for free, Apple has dropped the pricing on the rest of its storage lineup across the board. Users can now get 20GB of storage for $0.99 per month, 200GB of storage for $3.99 per month, 500GB of storage for $9.99 per month, and 1TB of storage for $19.99 per month. The iCloud upgrade options can be accessed in the Settings app under iCloud ---> Storage & Backup ---> Change Storage Plan. The launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will see the official debut of iCloud Drive, Apple's new cloud storage initiative. With iCloud Drive, users can store any type of document, including presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and more, and then access them from any iOS device, Mac, or PC. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Hires Senior Gap Marketer as Director of Global Marketing Communications • iCloud Beta Site Gains Apps for iCloud Drive, Settings • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8

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Apple may be implementing a new reservation system for customers who opt to wait in line outside of a retail store to purchase a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, reports 9to5Mac. The company is said to be handing out training materials to employees on a new "virtual queue" system called Reservation Pass. Reservation Pass will reportedly keep track of the line position of each customer, syncing with the store's inventory information to ensure customers waiting in line will be able to receive a device.This new system is called Reservation Pass. It will sync with Back Of House inventory information in realtime so Apple doesn't handout too many product reservations. Customers will receive their digital reservation card via SMS or Email. A reservation allows the customer to come back at any point during the day to make their purchase. Customers could also leave line in the past but it was not encouraged since the physical card reservation system was not as accurate as the new Reservation Pass system.Currently, Apple hands out paper cards to those standing in line, allowing them to reserve an available device, but the company often waits until just before purchase time to provide the cards. It is likely the Reservation Pass system will work similarly, with customers being registered shortly before the opening of the store, which actually provides little end benefit to those who wait in line overnight or longer. Customers will, however, be able to reserve an iPhone after waiting in line and then purchase it later in the day should any issues arise, such as problems with carrier authorization or upgrade eligibility. This will also prevent people from selling the physical cards on release day. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, September 19. Apple is accepting preorders this year, and will take orders starting on Friday, September 12, likely at 12:01 AM Pacific Time. The iPhone 6 is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities starting at $199 with a two year contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities starting at $299 with a two-year contract. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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T-Mobile today hosted its 7th Un-carrier event where it announced plans for a "Wi-Fi Unleashed" campaign. According to the company, all smartphones going forward will be able to take advantage of the network's Wi-Fi calling and texting, including Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Wi-Fi calling and texting allow users to send and receive calls/texts over a Wi-Fi network, which is useful in areas where there are poor cellular connections. Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus yesterday. T-Mobile plans to offer Wi-Fi calling and texting at no additional cost. The company has also deployed a new product for customers who have bad cellular reception in their homes. The T-Mobile Personal CellSpot is a Wi-Fi router that can be used as a primary router or alongside an existing router, prioritizing voice calls and offering HD audio quality for calls. It has 802.11ac support, USB 3.0 ports, and covers up to 3,000 square feet. T-Mobile plans to begin selling the Personal CellSpot on September 17. It is available to be leased for free with a $25 refundable deposit, but customers can also purchase it outright for $99. T-Mobile will also be allowing one time upgrades for customers to get a Wi-Fi enabled phone, even those who are not signed up for the JUMP program. Along with support for Wi-Fi calling and the introduction of the CellSpot, T-Mobile announced that it's entered into a partnership with in-flight wireless provider Gogo, allowing T-Mobile customers to send and receive texts and picture messages on their phones on any flight that includes Gogo wireless service. Gogo in-flight wireless for T-Mobile customers is also free, and will begin on September 17 for compatible devices. On stage, Legere announced that T-Mobile had 2.75 million gross adds in August of 2014, and 1 million postpaid adds, which represents its biggest postpaid net add in the history of the company. Legere also noted that T-Mobile is gaining subscribers from other carriers at a rapid pace thanks to its Un-carrier initiatives. T-Mobile's Un-carrier initiatives are an effort to disrupt traditional mobile service. The company began with uncoupling device costs from service costs in 2013, and then went on to offer several additional incentives to encourage customers to switch to the carrier, including paying early termination fees, offering a JUMP! upgrade plan, unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries, free streaming music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio, and Pandora, and one week free trials to test the T-Mobile service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Following yesterday's media event where Apple introduced the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and its much-anticipated wearable device, members of the media were invited to go hands-on with the devices. Yesterday, we published hands-on impressions of the Apple Watch from various tech-related sites, but this year's event also had top fashion editors and bloggers in attendance, who also published their initial thoughts on the Watch. We've gathered up some of their perspectives below, giving an overall picture of how the device was received in the fashion world. Fashion magazine and blog InStyle said the Apple Watch was "well worth the wait," and published a list of "5 Reasons Why Fashionistas Will Swoon Over Apple Watch." The piece pointed towards the device's multitude of styles, its customization options, and its ability to send emojis, drawings, and heartbeats. Most Apple Watch faces are extremely customizable. Meaning, you can change colors, choose design elements, and add functionality. You can have a traditional analog or a modern digitized face--plus you can choose the screen image.Well-known fashion magazine Vogue was also impressed with the Apple Watch, highlighting its design and the "extra magic" of the Digital Crown control. The magazine said the Apple Watch is "a watch that looks like a watch" and that its "visual appeal is almost retrofitted to the traditional language of the analog Swiss-made timepiece." British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman also told Reuters in an interview that the Watch is "immaculate in terms of how fashion meets function," and said "The issue is really about how much people want to wear something so clear, essentially an amazing gadget." Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, told Reuters that the Apple Watch was unimpressive. "It's not pretty. It's very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy." Meanwhile, fashion-oriented site Cool Hunting disagreed, calling it "lovely and clever," and saying it "marries fashion and technology, wellness and data, and beautifully integrates the humanity of touch." The tactile touches of the watch extend beyond the device itself--the Leather Loop strap option, for example, has magnets in each of its ribs so that the act of securing the strap feels like a luxurious zipper and consequently has an extremely secure closure. And the link bracelet has a butterfly closure that seamlessly folds into itself unlike anything we've seen on a watch band before.Beyond fashion, leading wristwatch site Hodinkee had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Apple Watch, giving an in-depth look at the device from a design perspective, and the resulting overview is well worth a read. The site believes the Watch could pose a threat to existing brands, as "Apple got more details right on their watch than the vast majority of Swiss and Asian brands do with similarly priced watches."The overall level of design in the Apple Watch simply blows away anything -- digital or analog -- in the watch space at $350. There is nothing that comes close to the fluidity, attention to detail, or simple build quality found on the Apple Watch in this price bracket.Hodinkee also focuses on an aspect of the Apple Watch that many sites overlooked -- the bands -- which it says Apple "NAILED." Apple Watch with Milanese band, courtesy of Hodinkee...the attention to detail on the straps and bracelets themselves is downright incredible, and when I mentioned above that nothing comes close in this price range, it is very visible when talking about straps.According to the site, the closure of the Sports watch strap is impressive, and the leather of the leather strap is "super soft, super high quality."The metal link bracelet is "sizable with just your own hands," the "loop" style bracelet is "just fantastic" and the Milanese bracelet is said to be comfortable. "I promise you not a single other tech company in the world would've spent the time to make this admittedly outdated looking option," reads the overview. Hodinkee also points out a few flaws with the device, including the fact that it doesn't fit under a shirt cuff because of its bulk, and that it is "not as cool as a mechanical watch, to real people." Introduced yesterday, Apple's Watch is available in two separate sizes with an array of different bands and casing options. Pricing on the device will start at $349, and it will be available to the public in early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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With pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus happening this Friday, many people who hope to get their hands on one of the new devices are going to be scrambling to find out their upgrade options. TUAW has assembled a helpful guide on to help users check their upgrade eligibility and purchasing options. Users on all four major networks in the United States can type a quick code into their phones to get an immediate report on their upgrade status via text message. The codes are as follows: - AT&T: *639# - Sprint: 1311 - T-Mobile: #874 - Verizon: #874 These codes are a good way to get a quick look at upgrade eligibility, but some of them don't exactly tell the whole story. For example, AT&T's text message is pointing users towards a Next plan, even if they may have other upgrade options available. A second option for getting a clear picture of upgrade eligibility on the four major networks is going through Apple's own site. Visiting the iPhone 6 pre-order page and choosing a model, carrier, and color will give an option to "Check your upgrade eligibility" with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. T-Mobile works somewhat differently as Apple only gives T-Mobile customers the option to buy outright. Checking upgrade options requires a user to enter a wireless number, billing zip code, and the last four digits of the social security number on the account, after which it displays all of the upgrade options available, including when an account might become eligible for an early or full upgrade. For example, an AT&T user who purchased an iPhone 5 on release day on a two-year contract would be able to purchase an iPhone 6 for $649 on pre-order day, but would also be eligible for an early upgrade on September 21, which provides a $200 discount. This option also displays what Next monthly fees would be. Many times, new purchasing fees can be cut by trading a device into an Apple Store, a carrier, or a third party service, all of which offer payouts for old Apple devices. For those planning to upgrade, it's important to look into options immediately as there are only two days left until the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for pre-order. Though Apple has not yet confirmed what time the two devices will go on sale, AT&T says that its pre-order sales will begin on September 12 at 12:01 AM Pacific Time, and it's likely Apple's own sales will start at the same time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus yesterday. Here's what's new with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, some hands on impressions, as well as how to buy them when they go on sale on September 12th. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new Apple Watch, providing a number of details on the highly anticipated device but declining to address one critical issue: battery life. According to information obtained by Re/code, Apple's new Watch will require daily charging, keeping the device in line with similar smart watches from Samsung and Motorola. “There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.” Sources tell Re/code that Apple is working to improve battery life before the product's 2015 debut, but the company still expects people will charge the device once a day. The Apple Watch will go on sale in early 2015 with a starting price of $349. The smart watch will be available in two sizes with a variety of colors, materials and watch bands for personal customization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Apple recently updated it Made for iPhone (MFi) program with a new set of specifications that allow for the transmission of audio through Apple's Lightning cable port instead of the traditional 3.5-mm headphone jack. As spotted by Pocket-Lint, one of the first manufacturers to produce this new category of Lightning cable-equipped headphones is Philips, which is preparing its Fidelio M2L headphones for launch later this year. Pascal van Laer, headphones business leader, WOOX Innovations says: "We’re excited to launch the Philips Fidelio M2L, our first headphone that has a direct digital connection to your iOS device. This means we can deliver an incredible audio experience today, and also opens up exciting opportunities for innovation for the future." The Fidelio M2Ls connect to an iPhone or iPad via a Lightning port and will support 24-bit audio using an internal DAC and amplifier built into the headphone unit. The closed headphones also feature two 40-mm high magnetic intensity neodymium speaker drivers and leather memory foam ear pads. The Philips Fidelio M2L headphones will be available starting in December. They will debut in Western Europe and North America with a suggested retail price of €250/$320. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Apple is facing criticism from alternative rock band OK Go following the release of its promotional video, "Perspective," that promotes the company's philosophy of "seeing things differently." Showcased as the introduction to Apple's Phone 6 press event, the video pans around a room, using camera angles to align random shapes into words. OK Go is accusing Apple of lifting this visual trick from the band's recently released "The Writing's On the Wall" music video. While the general concept used in the videos is not unique, there does appear to be more to this story. Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek, OK Go manager Andy Gershon claims the band met with Apple to discuss the concept for its music video in hopes that Apple would collaborate on the project. Apple declined, and OK Go made the video along with production company 1stAveMachine. Released in June 2014, the video won a Video Music Award for best visual effects and has accrued over 10 million views on YouTube. Following the talks between Apple and OK Go, Gershon claims Apple also hired 1stAveMachine and even employed the same director that worked with OK Go on its hit music video to produce the video for the company's iPhone launch event. As a result, Apple's latest promotional video has an uncanny similarity to OK Go's "The Writing's On the Wall".“The videos speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions,” says Gershon, adding that the band is exploring its legal options. OK Go may have a hard time proving a copyright violation or idea theft in court, but that isn't stopping them from complaining publicly about the perceived injustice. This isn't the first time Apple's advertising efforts have face scrutiny. In one high-profile case, the company faced a complaint over its Siri commercials that showcased an ease-of-use which the lawsuit claimed was not present in real-world usage. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option • Apple Launching iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17 • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website

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Apple will collect a fee from banks every time consumers use the company's new Apple Pay payments solution, reports Bloomberg. Citing three individuals close to the matter, the report notes that Apple struck individual deals with each bank it has partnered with. Those banks include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and more. While that gives the tech company a share of the more than $40 billion that banks generate annually from so-called swipe fees, lenders expect to benefit as consumers spend more of their money via mobile phones and other digital devices, the person said. The sources cited did not specify the exact size of the fee, noting that it could vary or be tied to the value of the purchases made by the consumer. During its announcement today, Apple stated that Apple Pay would be enabled at over 220,000 U.S. merchants including McDonalds, Macy's, Walgreens, Nike, and more. Apple Pay will also be compatible with American Express, Mastercard, and Visa credit and debit cards. Apple Pay utilizes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new "Secure Element" functionality, and the NFC antenna on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in conjunction with a credit card stored on iTunes to make payments. Apple Pay will also be compatible with the Apple Watch when it launches early next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Swift' Programming Language Hits GM Status for iOS, OS X GM Coming with Yosemite • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store

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A short time after today's media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook did an exclusive one-on-one interview with David Muir of ABC News, speaking on the company's new products and former CEO Steve Jobs. Now, ABC News has shared a clip of an interview with Apple design head Jony Ive, who spoke on the Apple Watch and its development process. Muir: How many different versions of the Apple Watch are there? Ive: I think we were talking about this earlier, and when you actually do the calculations, it's millions and millions. Muir: Millions and millions? Ive: That's right, there are different materials for the actual case, there's two different sizes, you can choose one of six different straps or bands. But, the way we treated this from a design point of view wasn't that you had hardware and then software. Our experience as customers, as users, is that their one in the same. So we designed the user interface, gave people multiple choices, for example in terms of just watch faces. Ive also noted that he was "very proud" of the work that Apple's design team has done, stating that the company's new iPhones and the Apple Watch are its "best work yet." The designer also stated that Apple has always tried to design products that people want to use as opposed to begrudgingly having to use them, setting a high bar to create a "desirable and personal" product with the Apple Watch. The full length interviews with Jony Ive and Tim Cook aired earlier tonight and should be posted online soon. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Reportedly Close to Acquiring 'Path', Looking to Integrate Service Into Messages • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17

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While Apple announced the Apple Watch today at its special event, it didn't go over all of the new device's features, noting that the company has a lot more to share in the future. Yahoo Tech's David Pogue has found out some of the details Apple didn't share on stage. The watch is water resistant, allowing users to not worry about the device when in the rain, or washing hands. However, the watch must be taken off before going for a swim or taking a shower. Additionally, the watch includes a microphone that can allow users to make calls directly from their Apple Watch. Users will also be able to load apps onto the Apple Watch from their iPhone. To rearrange the apps, users will have to hold their finger on an app's icon and move it around, similar to how one rearranges icons on an iPhone. There's also a "Ping My iPhone" feature, which will allow users to play a sound on their iPhone so they can locate it in case they have misplaced it. Finally, Pogue explains that the Apple Watch Edition, the most high end of the Apple Watches, comes with a special box. The fanciest model, the gold Apple Phone Edition, comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles as a charger. The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.The Apple Watch will launch in early 2015 with its lowest end model costing $350. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

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In an interview with the The Wall Street Journal following today's media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the company expects the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to trigger "the mother of all upgrades" as consumers consider their next smartphone purchase. Cook also added that he expects Android users to look at switching to the iPhone, claiming that the phones are "appreciably better in every single way". iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus (right) The CEO also commented on the Apple Watch and the company's new Apple Pay mobile payments initiative:Cook said Apple’s efforts in payments were “classic Apple” in taking a complex problem and making it simple. “Yes, there is going to be some economic benefit, but from a customer point of view, it takes something that’s way too hard and insecure and makes it so easy and fast.” Finally, Cook said the Apple Watch was the byproduct of deep thinking about every aspect of the product, and only possible because of collaboration among Apple’s hardware, software and services teams. He believes that will differentiate Apple’s smartwatch from other devices, which have recorded tepid sales. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will launch on September 19, with pre-orders starting this Friday, September 12. The iPhone 6 will be available in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB variants for $199, $299, and $399, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the same storage capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

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Alongside the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, Apple today unveiled Apple Pay, its mobile payments initiative that allows users to pay for items either by waving their iPhone or Apple Watch at a checkout counter or by using Touch ID after clicking the Apple Pay button in an app like Uber. Following that event, Apple invited members of the press to try out the new payment service with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to The Verge, the system worked "remarkably smooth" and was the "smoothest payment system" they've seen. They note that Touch ID adds a "real sense of security" and that the entire process is cohesive. However, they do wonder whether it'll work the same in the opening months of the service when retailers are adjusting to the process and the software is in early days. The phone was loaded up with a handful of credit cards, and holding the top of the phone about an inch from the card reader with my thumb on the TouchID home button triggered a payment from the default card in about five to 10 seconds. If you want to use a different card, just leave your finger off the home button and you'll see a Passbook-style card stack at the bottom of the screen, which you can tap on to bring up the full list and pick the card you want. Then you just put your finger on the reader and you're good to go.Slashgear agrees that the process is "pretty darn easy", noting that using the iPhone to pay for something is far more of a swift experience than pulling out a credit card, swiping it, and typing in a pin or signing a receipt. Users can add credit cards to Apple Pay by taking a photo of their card. Setup involves either granting Apple Pay access to whatever existing credit card you have on file with iTunes or adding a second card: you can do that by taking a photo of the card itself. We've seen the same system used in Uber's app, among others, and generally it does a solid job of recognizing characters. In an interview with ABC's David Muir, Tim Cook commented that Apple Pay is "incredibly safe" and that Apple is setting a high bar with Apple Pay. Cook went on to say that "it's the most secure thing out there" when told by Muir that some people's confidence in the company's security might be shaken after celebrities iCloud accounts were hacked. Muir also asked Cook whether he thought Apple killed the credit card with the announcement of Apple Pay. Smiling, Cook replied that Apple "stuck a dagger in it". The Apple CEO finished his interview by noting that components from either the iPhone 6 or Apple Watch were built in 22 of the 50 states in America. Apple Pay will roll out to 222,000 retail locations across the country. The service will launch next month as a part of iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

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At its special media event today, Apple unveiled its Apple Watch, showing off a variety of ways to use the device and its apps. However, Apple's presentation and videos did not directly address how the device would work for left-handed users. Now, Slashgear has new information on how the device will work for left-handed individuals. According to Apple, users will be able to choose what way the watch's interface orients upon starting up the device for the first time. The bands for the Apple Watch are also swappable, enabling users to ensure the the device is not facing the opposite direction. However, left-handed users will still be required to adapt to the Digital Crown input on the Apple Watch, which is on the bottom left side when the device is worn on the correct wrist. The Apple Watch will launch in early 2015 at a starting price of $349, and will be available two separate screen sizes of 38mm and 42mm. Apple will also ship 18 different watch straps that are easily interchangeable alongside its different color and material choices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

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Apple has posted the full video of today's special media event on its website. The video should also be made avaliable later today on the Apple Keynotes podcast, which can found on the iTunes Store. [Podcast links: Keynotes, Keynotes in HD, Keynotes in 1080p HD] Apple has also uploaded its "Perspective" video seen at the beginning of the event. Media Event Highlights: - Apple Announces Apple Watch, Available in Early 2015 for $349 - Apple Announces 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Plus, Launching September 19 - Apple Announces 'Apple Pay' Mobile Payment Solution, Enabled at Over 220,000 U.S. Merchants - iOS 8 Launching on September 17 - Apple Seeds iOS 8 Golden Master to Developers Ahead of September 17 Public Launch Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake • Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 for Mavericks With Support for iOS 8 • Apple Selling New Leather/Silicone Cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

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Following today's media event that saw Apple revealing two new iPhones, a wearable device, and its payments initiative, Tim Cook did an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABC News' David Muir. In a clip of the interview shared by ABC News, Muir asks Cook if he was thinking about Steve Jobs' during today's event, which took place at the Flint Center at De Anza College, the same location where Jobs unveiled the original Mac in 1984. Cook responded that he thinks of Jobs all the time, and that he believes Jobs would be "incredibly proud" to see the company today. I think about Steve a lot. I love Steve dearly. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him. This morning, being here, I especially thought about him and I think he would be incredibly proud to see the company that he left us -- which I think was one of his greatest gifts to mankind, the company itself -- be doing what it's doing today. I think he's smiling right now.Jobs apparently was not aware that an Apple Watch was coming, as Apple began work on the device after his passing. According to Cook, though, the "foundation" that Jobs left can be seen in all of the work that Apple is doing today . His thinking and his taste and his incredible perfectionist kind of view, and his view that you should always innovate, all of those things are alive and well in the company. And I think they always will be. I think his DNA will always be the foundation of Apple.More of Tim Cook's exclusive interview with David Muir will be available on World News Tonight later today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Redesigned Mobile Website • Apple's New iCloud Pricing Announced: 20GB for $0.99, 200GB for $3.99 and 1TB for $19.99 • Apple Removes iPod Classic from Online Store • iOS 8 Launching on September 17 • Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices • Samsung Belgium Donating a Pear for Each Tweet About an Apple • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

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