ABC News goes one-on-one with Tim Cook to talk Apple Watch and Steve Jobs

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Yesterday ABC News teased an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and following today’s keynote address we got a chance to see ABC’s David Muir talk to the executive about the new Apple Watch, which Cook notes in the clip was only started after Steve Jobs passed away in 2011.

Cook notes that he thinks Jobs would have been “incredibly proud” of the company’s work and its first foray into the new wearables product category.

You can see the clip below.

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Tim Cook’s memo to employees: I am ‘excited’ about ‘this new chapter in Apple’s story’


Tim Cook sent a memo to Apple employees praising them for the work that was put into the new products announced during today’s media event and expressing his excitement for what he calls “this new chapter in Apple’s story.”

Earlier today Apple unveiled its newest line of products, including two new iPhones and the Apple Watch, the company’s first entry into the wearable market.

You can read the full letter from Cook below:

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The iPod classic is finally dead, disappears from Apple Online Store along with the 30-pin connector

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It only took four years, but the iPod classic is finally dead. As part of the Apple website overhaul, the iPod Classic has finally been removed from sale. The new website has been modernized in many ways, but as a byproduct the Classic has been cut from Apple’s lineup.

It was only a matter of time, of course. The last time the iPod Classic was updated at all was in 2008, when storage capacities were adjusted. The design of the iPod Classic dates back to circa 2004. Alas, it is no more. Apple no longer sells a device with a clickwheel.

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Apple releases iOS 8 GM ahead of Sep. 17 public release

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Following today’s announcements, Apple has released the golden master version of iOS 8. The last iOS 8 beta seed for developers was released on August 4th with the push of iOS 8 beta 5. 9to5Mac previously reported to expect iOS 8 beta 5 to be the final developer beta before today’s iOS 8 GM seed.

iOS 8 is scheduled to be released over-the-air next week on September 17th for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 7 with a list of new features including iCloud Drive; a new Health app; support for app extensions and third party keyboards; continuity features that bridge iPhone, iPad, and Mac; new Family Sharing functionality; and more. iOS 8 will support iPhone 4S and later, iPad 2/iPad mini and later, and iPod touch 5th generation.

The iOS 8 GM seed is available now via the iOS Developer Center. We’ll be digging in to the new seed and report on any changes in the new version. As always, email if you see anything interesting.

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Apple publishes new iPhone 6, Apple Watch pages on redesigned website

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Apple has just wrapped up its media event and has pushed several new pages online. The first is a new page dedicated to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the second is a page for the Apple Watch. But Apple has gone even further, revealing a whole new look for its entire website that features a flattened navigation bar.

A new page about the U2 “Songs of Innocence” album is also live, and includes details on how to redeem your free copy of the album.

Apple has also, for the first time ever, released an iPhone-optimized version of its site. Check it out below:

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Apple announces Apple Watch pricing and availability

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Possibly the most highly anticipated announcement from its special event today, Apple announced that customers will be able to purchase the newly announced Apple Watch starting “early next year” in 2015The Apple Watch will be available in various configurations differing from collection, size, and band. Price wise the wearable will start at $349 and go up. Compatibility for the Apple Watch and iPhone, which it requires, works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Compatibility goes back to support the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s as well.

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Apple Watch includes big focus on health, with dedicated Fitness and Workout apps

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Fitness and Workout apps track movement, activity, heart rate, intensity and more. Apple highlights the quality, frequency and quantity of movement. Apple wants to encourage people to become more active, whether you are serious or light exerciser currently.

Apps shows how many breaks you take, and much more. You can also set goals, in terms of distance, calories or other statistics. There is also a companion app for the iPhone, which is separate to the Health app. It shows much of the same statistics in a broader view as the mobile Fitness app on the watch itself.

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Apple Watch shows notifications through ‘Glances’, with contextually relevant custom UI

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Glances appear when you swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch. This shows relevant notifications, from both Apple and third-party apps. The watch vibrates when a new notification comes in. Different notifications have different UI’s as well as different buttons. Calendar notifications are presented with a red and white interface, for instance.

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Apple officially unveils its new ‘Apple Watch’ wearable


Apple just unveiled its much rumored wearable product live on stage during its press event this morning giving us a first look at its entrance into the smartwatch market. The device is officially called Apple Watch, pairs with iPhone, and sports an all-new user interface that is quite a departure from anything we’ve seen on other iOS devices.  Read more

Apple announces replacement for the wallet, introduces Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and Watch

Apple is introducing a new initiative to replace the wallet, Apple Pay. You hold your iPhone 6 to a sensor, use Touch ID to authenticate and done. The transaction is complete. The system works using NFC at supporting locations — NFC is built into every iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 NFC sensor strip is at the top of the phone. Credit cards appear in your Passbook. They are secured using a secure enclave in the phone. The credit card number itself is never stored. A security code is sent over the wire, meaning the card number is completely separate to the transaction.

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Apple’s plans for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, & iPhone 4s

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Today we saw two new iPhone models – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays for the first time – but what about Apple’s plans for the 4-inch iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and 3.5-inch iPhone 4s?

While there was no new 4-inch model in the 2014 iPhone lineup, Apple has lowered the price of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models to $99 and $0 on contact, respectively.

The iPhone 4s, however, has been dropped from the new iPhone lineup altogether with the iPhone 5c taking its former price point. Read more