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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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After today's media event saw the introduction of two new iPhones and Apple's first wearable device, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with all of Apple's new products. Several sites are now posting hands-on first impressions of both the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which we've gathered up below to give users an overall picture of the look and feel of the larger-screened phones. Jared Nelson from our sister site TouchArcade took a look at both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. According to Nelson, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is actually "manageably large" and the screen is "amazing" for tasks like watching videos, reading texts, and gaming. He says the new Retina Display HD screens look "absolutely incredible" in person. The Verge says the screen of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 "looks great" and that the device feels like a "hybrid of iPhone and iPod touch." Though it's bigger, it "doesn't really feel big," and it's "remarkably light and incredibly thin." Sentiments are similar for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but the site noted that even the larger version is "much smaller in the hand" than expected, with the rounded edges making it "somewhat easier to hold." The protruding camera is a indeed a bit strange; I can't help but wish Apple would ease up on its relentless pursuit of thinness in favor of a slightly thicker phone with longer battery life, but like I said, the thinness is what makes the large size manageable. And that large size is pretty key; this is the phone that's going to force Apple to turn the iPad into a true laptop competitor. I have an iPad mini that will never come out again once I get this phone; I have an iPad Air that will need a better reason to come out than simply the size of its screen.Engadget has similar thoughts about the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, also noting that the phone's curved edges are "easier to grip" than originally expected." Though the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1920x1080, Engadget says there wasn't much difference between the displays of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones. The site also points out a few of the differences between the two phones, including the 0.2mm difference in thickness (4.7 is 6.9mm, 5.5 is 7.1mm) and the increased battery life of the larger phone.With it being a brief hands-on, I wasn't able to notice a large enough difference between the two; both looked sharp, clean and had great viewing angles. I'll be able to go into more detail when review units grace my desk, but for now, I'm satisfied enough with the visual quality, and I doubt the difference in pixel density will be a critical factor when choosing between the two sizes.Gizmodo's first note on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is that it "feels like an iPhone." The site was not a fan of the antenna bands on the back, which it says are "not all that pretty," but it did like the Retina HD screen on the device, saying its "brilliant." As for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, Gizmodo called it "HUGE!" It's amazingly thin, and incredibly solid, but it barely fits into my hand at all. Just see how those fingers struggle to grasp the new iPhone in the picture above. Combined with those slick, beautifully machined metal edges, now rounded like an iPod touch or iPad mini instead of chamfered, I was honestly scared I would drop and break the giant handset right there in the Apple tent.Gizmodo also delves into Apple's one-handed mode, which shrinks anything on the phone's screen into thumb's reach with a double tap on the Touch ID home button. But if you do want to use it one-handed, then boy does Apple have a smart solution for that. Double-tap the Touch ID sensor (don't press it, I learned the hard way) from LITERALLY ANYWHERE in the entire iPhone interface, including the homescreen, and everything on the top half of the phone's screen, every icon, will shrink down to put itself within your thumb's easy reach.Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have nearly identical specifications. Aside from the difference in screen size, the larger iPhone has a longer battery life and optical image stabilization to differentiate it. It also comes with a $100 price premium. Apple's two iPhones will be available beginning on Friday, September 19, with pre-orders for the devices starting this Friday, September 9. Prices for the 4.7-inch version start at $199, while prices for the 5.5-inch version start at $299. 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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Following today's media event that saw the introduction of two new iPhones and Apple's long-rumored wearable device, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with all of Apple's new products. Several sites have posted hands-on first impressions of the Apple Watch, which we've gathered up below to give an overall picture of the look, feel, and function of the device. First of all, Jared Nelson from our sister site TouchArcade was able to get a hands-on glimpse at the Watch, and an overview from an Apple employee who walked him through several different features on the device. "We are truly living in the future," said Nelson after trying out both the Watch and the iPhone 6. According to The Verge, the smaller Watch model felt "very solid and surprisingly light," and the wrist strap was "supple" and comfortable to wear. The site also thinks the device looks "better than most of the smartwatch competition out there," and got a look at the "Digital Crown" control. The "digital crown" that Tim Cook spent so much time enthusing about on stage did its job when an Apple representative showed it to us, but unfortunately I wasn't able to try it for myself. That said, if the model running the demo loop is any indication, the dial offers very little resistance. It didn't exactly spin around freely, but neither did I feel any clicking or other forceful feedback as I twisted it. Presumably the feeling that I wasn't getting much feedback from the dial itself is mostly a function of the fact that it wasn't doing anything on the demo unit -- and so spinning it will feel quite different when it's moving software around.Engadget also got a chance to try out the watch, but wasn't able to test specific features as the demo units were only displaying screenshots. The site tried both the polished steel version with a leather loop strap and the aluminum Sport version, saying that both had an "impeccable" build quality.The bands were both comfy, though I preferred the look and feel of the leather loop. The magnets inside the leather seem to do the job of clasping well, though without the same magnetic force as those accustomed to the MagSafe connectors found on Apple laptops. As for the rubber sport band, I had some trouble fitting the metal nubbin into its appropriate hole, and I got a little pinch on the underside of my wrist when tucking it into the band. We imagine we'd get the hang of fitting it quickly and painlessly eventually, but our first time strapping it on was not all pleasant.Gizmodo's first impression of the Apple Watch is that it "could live up to its promises" and that it feels "significantly more premium" than the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. The site also praised the "digital crown," saying that "it feels like you're wearing a watch that just happens to be digital." As for the software, I wish I could tell you more. I watched my new Apple friend demonstrate Glances, which brings up Google Now-like info cards with an upward swipe, that can be rotated through with subsequent right and left swipage. I can confirm that it works, and that it was zippy, at least on this pre-release model.SlashGear says that the Watch's display is "bright and vivid," and that Apple's choice of materials makes the device feel "premium and solid." What helps differentiate the Apple Watch from other smartwatch attempts is the sheer range of options and customizations possible. Other platforms perhaps allow for a couple of strap changes, and maybe two or three case colors; Apple, on the other hand, has put out a full three ranges of different options. Different straps, different clasps, different colors of straps and clasps; metal, leather, rubber, and all in different colors and finishes. That's before you get to the variations in casing color and even material, ranging to premium 18 karat gold.Based on the several first impressions of the device, it appears that Apple has quite a bit of work to do to perfect the software and the interface, even if the device itself appears complete hardware-wise. Apple is planning to wait until early 2015 to debut the device, which gives it plenty of time to iron out the kinks. Check out our full Apple Watch post for more details on the device. 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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Apple today announced its long-rumored wearable device, the Apple Watch, which actually uses the Apple Symbol () followed by "Watch" in its name. Apple's Watch is designed to be both fashionable and functional, available in an array of different color and materials with six different types of watch straps that are easily interchangeable. Prices for the device, which will be available in early 2015, start at $349. There are six different Watch face colors and materials: Stainless Steel, Silver Aluminum, 18-Karat Yellow Gold, Space Black Stainless Steel, Space Gray Aluminum, and 18-Karat Rose Gold. There's the Apple Watch collection, which has stainless steel or space black stainless steel cases combined with a range of metal and leather bands, the Watch Sport collection, which includes anodized aluminum cases in silver or space gray with colorful, durable bands, and the Apple Watch Edition, which includes 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose with "exquisitely crafted" bands and closures. All of Apple's Watches can be customized with an array of different digital watch faces to suit different tastes. Each of the watches is available in two separate screen sizes for different sized wrists: 38mm and 42mm, and the watches have a flexible, durable sapphire display. Apple's Watch uses unique input methods, taking advantage of the traditional watch dial or crown, which Apple refers to as a "digital crown" on the device. This scroll-type wheel allows users to zoom and scroll through various user interface elements. The device also takes advantage of new pressure-sensing technology and is able to determine the difference between a tap and a press, allowing for a new range of contextually specific controls. A second physical button next to the digital crown lets users tap to bring up a list of contacts and then communicate with friends by sending quick drawings, messages, and animated emoji. It's also possible to send a heart beat, drawn from the watch's sensors. Inside the device, there's a new Taptic Engine that allows users to hear and feel the design of the user interface. A new custom designed chip, the S1 processor, integrates many subsystems into one singular module. The back of the watch is constructed from zirconia with four sapphire lenses that can detect pulse rate. There is also a gyroscope and accelerometer, which helps the Apple Watch provide a comprehensive picture of daily activity. The back of the device is also the home of Apple's charging solution, which uses a MagSafe with inductive charging. The user will not have to worry about exposed contacts or aligning the charger properly. Apple's Watch will support third-party apps, with support for both extended notifications from the iPhone and apps that run directly on the device. The Watch does rely heavily on the iPhone and does not function as a standalone device. Apple's iWatch will be available starting at $349, with users able to purchase the device in early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches

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At its special media event today, Apple announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is touting a "Retina HD Display" on both phones, as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 features a 1334 x 750 display at 326 pixels-per-inch while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 1920 x 1080 display at 401 ppi. The iPhone 6 is said to have more than 1 million pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus is said to have 2 million pixels. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”The new models feature a number of hardware changes, including a chassis that is 6.9 mm thin for the iPhone 6 and 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. Both models feature the next-generation 64-bit A8 chip, which features 2 billion transistors on a 20nm processor. The A8 delivers 25% faster CPU performance and is 13% smaller and 50% more energy efficient when compared to the A7. The device also comes with a next-generation M8 motion coprocessor which can now estimate distance and elevation changes with a new barometer. Apple states that the iPhone 6 will get 50 hours of battery life for audio, 11 hours for video, 11 hours for WiFi browsing and 10 hours for LTE browsing. With its even bigger body, the iPhone 6 Plus will get 80 hours of battery life for audio, 14 hours for video, and 12 hours for Wi-Fi and LTE browsing. The iPhone 6 now also includes Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) technology, including 20 LTE band, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which delivers 3x faster Wi-Fi and support for Wi-Fi calling. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also support a new camera system with a brand-new 8-megapixel sensor, along with a circular true tone flash. Apple is also touting "Focus Pixel" technology, which allows the lens to move in and out to better determine autofocus points. The camera also features next-gen tone mapping and noise reduction. Apple also says the camera is complimented by a new gyroscope and image stabilization built into the A8 processor. Exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus is an optical image stabilization system. As for video capabilities, both devices shoot in 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps slo-mo video, which is up from 120fps on the iPhone 5s. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also received a new sensor with a f2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. Users can also shoot single-shot HDR photos and take HDR video. Both devices will launch on September 19 in the first wave of countries, with pre-orders starting on September 12. The iPhone 6 will be available in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB variants for $199, $299, and $399. The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the same storage capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively. Both iPhone 6 models also come in the same Space Gray, Gold, and Silver variants. The iPhone 5c is now free on contract while the iPhone 5s will now be offered for $99. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches

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Following today's media event, Apple has seeded the golden master (GM) version of iOS 8 to developers. The golden master represents the final version of iOS 8 that will be released to the public on September 17, two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6. The update is available through Apple's over-the-air updating mechanism on iOS devices and it can also be downloaded via the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also seeded a golden master version of the new Apple TV software and Xcode 6. Prior to the launch of the golden master, Apple seeded five iOS 8 betas to developers, with the fifth beta released on August 4. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages, with all of the features being refined over the course of the beta testing period. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches

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At a special media event today, Apple announced its new Apple Pay payment solution for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which utilizes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new "Secure Element" functionality, and the built-in NFC antenna in conjunction with a credit card stored on iTunes. Apple Pay will also be compatible with the just-announced Apple Watch. To make a payment, users hold the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to a receiver while holding the Touch ID home button. Apple states that card numbers will only be stored or shared in Secure Element, and if an iPhone is ever lost or stolen, Find my iPhone can suspend all payments. Apple is also touting privacy, stating that it does not record what users bought or how much they paid. Cashiers also do not see a name, credit card number, or security code.“Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Apple doesn’t collect your purchase history, so we don’t know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it. And if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend payments from that device.” Apple Pay will first launch in the United States next month as an update to iOS 8 and will be compatible with American Express, Mastercard, and Visa credit and debit cards, with Citi, Bank of America, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and Chase also listed as partners. Apple highlights that the program will work with over 220,000 U.S. retail stores, including Walgreens, Duane Reade, Macy's, Nike, Bloomingdales, Staples, Subway, McDonalds, and more. Apple will also launch a new Apple Pay API for developers to integrate the system into their apps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches

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Apple's highly anticipated September media event is being held today at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of the unveiling of the original Macintosh and iMac. Photo via TouchArcade The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, and Apple is expected to unveil several new products including the iPhone 6 and an "iWatch" wearable device. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV, and the company is also sharing some photos and live blog updates on its event page. Live Video Stream of Apple's September 2014 iPhone 6 and iWatch Media Event In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event unfolds. Separate news stories regarding the event announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Apple's online stores around the world are currently down in advance of the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More

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Ahead of today's special media event, Apple has once again made its "Apple Events" channel available on the Apple TV. Image credit: MacStories Apple will also be streaming the event live on its website, and users will need to be running Safari on Mac/iOS in order to watch the stream. Apple is expected to unveil the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iWatch, and will likely provide updates on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple's keynote kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and MacRumors will also be providing a live blog, live tweets via the MacRumorsLive Twitter account, and a spoiler-free page for those who want to watch the full keynote at a later time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon

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