News Hub and Live Blog: Apple’s ‘wish we could say more’ iPhone, mobile payments and wearables event

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 ..and we’re done I think. Go read all of the posts on 9to5mac.com

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 Running U2 ad looks like 10 year old iPod ads

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Seth Weintraub | 11:46 U2 is going on. They are putting their album on the iPhone 6

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Seth Weintraub | 11:45 Now talking Music

Talking about iTunes 

Seth Weintraub | 11:44 Wrap up

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Seth Weintraub | 11:43 Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349

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Seth Weintraub | 11:41 magsafe induction charging

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Seth Weintraub | 11:40 3 different editions. Works with iPhone 5/c/s or iPhone 6

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, AppleWatch Edition

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 can control Apple TV, walkie talkie, 

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Seth Weintraub | 11:36 Jay Blahnick talking about all of the fitness features

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Fitness App monitors activity

Workout App allows you to set specific goals

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Talking Fitness now

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 Pinteresting and city Mapper. BMW Charge level 

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 American Airline 1 tap, Starwood Hotels (creating a key).

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Twitter and Facebook are making apps as Mark reported

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 3rd party apps for iWatch. 

Notifications from apps.

Watchkit for Glances and notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 This tap communication this is going to change the world.

Seth Weintraub | 11:27 Interesting maps interface on Apple Watch

Seth Weintraub | 11:26 Lots of updates since iPod Nano :P

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 I’m really like the polish of these watch apps and glances

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 Glances is interface for Watch for little bits of info

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Seth Weintraub | 11:18 Kevin Lynch (former Adobe Exec) is demoing Apple Watch

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Real Gold

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 2 size Apple Watches

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Magnetic leather and lots of other watch options

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 lots of watch faces and personalization options

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 Magsafe induction charger

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 4 sensors in the back

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Amazing

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Share heartbeat with other people

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Ive narrating. Whole different UI

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Seth Weintraub | 11:06 Jony Ive narrating Apple Watch Story

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Seth Weintraub | 11:04 MultiTouch allows people to interact with technology

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created. 

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Apple Watch

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Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Oh damn

tim Cook Dropped it

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Apple Pay: October in US

Seth Weintraub | 10:55 Integrated into Target Appor Groupon or Uber 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Lot of locations will take Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Apple doesn’t know what you buy

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 No need to cancel Credit cards if iPhone gets lost

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Device only – no iCloud syncing

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Use iSight Camera to add new card. Add to passbook

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 Passbook will be the wallet

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 NFC Radio in 6 and 6Plus with touch ID.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 Apple demonstrates NFC payment/ Brings up Eddie Cue

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Apple loves these types of problem. This is what Apple does best

Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Apple talking security non-ironically

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Credit card/magnetic stripe interface

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 Wallet!

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Bigger than Bigger

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Tim Cook back up: How it makes you feel!

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 That’s all for iPhone 6/+

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:40 New Silicone Cases and LEather cases including Product Red

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Seth Weintraub | 10:39 New Gyroscope in camera

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Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Ugh

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Schiller: iPhone has become the world’s most popular video recorder. 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.34.15 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:32 Boom

Seth Weintraub | 10:31

iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Sounds like Fast Autofocus, Tone mapping, noise reduction, 

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Focus Pixels Camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 New Cameras!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 802.11AC and Wifi calling and VoLTE9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.49 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.31 PM

Apple Invents calling over Wifi

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 it measures elevation (Barometer)

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 THE NEW M8 CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CYCLING AND RUNNING

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 BATTERY FTW

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 Double Touch moves whole screen down for reachability”

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Apps/Websites not updated to new iPhones “just work”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Boom!

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FAST. YIIIISSSSSS

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.18.46 PMseems fast?

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 2B Transistors on a 20nm process. 13% smaller than A7

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 25% faster CPU

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 Developers can customize apps for the larger screen

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 “easy to use one-handed

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sleep/Wake is pushed to right side (all as expected)

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sideswipe gestures for new phones

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.34 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.13 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.05 PM6 plus has new horizontal display

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 1080P display in Plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Pshiller:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:07

“Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 more importantly, #1 loved phone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 #1 smartphone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Starting with iPhone

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 (Last Apple event at Flint Center was iMac launch in the late 90s

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Hello again says Tim cook with a Bondi Blue iMac in the background

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 This video stream is a mess for me (Safari)

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.03.40 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 (unless you’ve got the Truck)

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 It is showtime!

Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Might just be Electric President

Seth Weintraub | 9:51 10 minutes!

Seth Weintraub | 9:50 This music isn’t great unless that CD is skipping

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Seth Weintraub | 9:46 Video is now live!

Seth Weintraub | 9:44 In the house

Seth Weintraub | 9:43 T Minus 20

Seth Weintraub | 9:39 Not going to lie. Not sure who this is

Seth Weintraub | 9:37 Apple making your typo famous? Priceless

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Dis is nuts

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 BTW Windows users, we’ve got you covered for the live stream

Seth Weintraub | 9:19 Fashion

Seth Weintraub | 9:10 No doubt? V

Mark Gurman | 9:08 Dre will be there

Seth Weintraub | 9:06 Are those presenter clothes for the fitness expert?

Seth Weintraub | 9:04

Are you getting it?—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) September 09, 2014

Mark Gurman | 9:02 Health.

Mark Gurman | 8:59 Maybe they’ll be time lapsing the covers coming off of the major structure 

https://twitter.com/Tim_Stevens/status/509370121148960770/photo/1

Seth Weintraub | 8:59 Help

Seth Weintraub | 8:52 Sage advice:

Mark Gurman | 8:42 Craig on scene

Mark Gurman | 8:40 Apple’s doing their own blog 

LOL

Seth Weintraub | 8:34 He needs coffee? 

Seth Weintraub | 8:27 wat. Apple is liveblogging themselves? Yisssssss. I can go back to sleep

Mark Gurman | 8:19 Nice scoop

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Who invited this guy?

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Some TMI from Engadget:

Mark Gurman | 8:17 Steve Kovach sharing some great photos of the breakfast scene. 

Seth Weintraub | 8:15 We’re now 2 hours from liftoff

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It’s September 9th, and you know what that means: Apple’s biggest event in several years is happening today. We’re expecting Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team of executives to discuss two new and larger iPhone models, a mobile payments system, and of course, a fashion/health/fitness-centric wearable device. We’ll be following along and providing articles with the latest news throughout the day. This News Hub will embed the latest action from the ground at the Flint Center in Cupertino and provide an easy access view of the latest news articles. You can also follow us on Twitter at @9to5Mac for quick updates as they break, and all our updates below:

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Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

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Apple CEO Tim Cook with former VP of Worldwide Communications Katie Cotton

“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”

“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”

“Just avoid holding it in that way.”

Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products than any other technology company. Before customers get their first chance to see or touch a new Apple product, the company has carefully orchestrated almost every one of its public appearances: controlled leaks and advance briefings for favored writers, an invite-only media debut, and a special early review process for a group of pre-screened, known-positive writers. Nothing is left to chance, and in the rare case where Apple doesn’t control the initial message, it remedies that by using proxies to deliver carefully crafted, off-the-record responses.

Except for a few big exceptions, such as the memorably off-pitch quotes above, Apple’s “tell them what to believe” PR strategy has worked incredibly well for years. But it has also created tensions between the company and the people who cover it, as well as within Apple itself. The company’s long-time head of PR, Katie Cotton, left the company earlier this year as CEO Tim Cook openly sought to make a major change in the way Apple interacted with the press and its customers. As the hunt for Cotton’s replacement is still in progress, and the depth of Apple’s commitment to change remains unclear, we look today at the techniques Apple has used to quietly manipulate its coverage over the years.

You can navigate between the chapters, below:

- Part 1) Apple Events and Shredded White Booklets

- Part 2) Introducing the Teams: How PR Is Organized at 3 Infinite Loop

- Part 3) Strategies: The “Art of Deep Background” and Controlling the Press

- Part 4) The Departure of a “Tyrant”

- Part 5) Two Heads In Place Of One

- Part 6) Controversies: From Maps to Beats to Haunted Empires

- Part 7) Product Reviews, Briefings, & Reviewer’s Guides

- Part 8) Steve Jobs and the Process Behind Press Releases

- Part 9) A Friendlier, More Transparent Future?

Two months in the making, this article is the product of over a dozen interviews with journalists, bloggers, and PR professionals, including many who have worked at Apple.

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Tim Cook pays a visit to VA hospital in Palo Alto where doctors use iPads to treat veterans

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Tim Cook took some time to visit a VA hospital in Palo Alto today, accompanied by Rep. Anna Eshoo of the CA-18 congressional district, according to a photo the executive tweeted. The Palo Alto VA hospital is one of many medical facilities around the country using Apple’s iPads to help treat members of the U.S. armed forces.

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Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page

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Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents. The team shown on Apple’s official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve, Vice President of of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny, Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, and Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith.

Interestingly, each of these positions is fairly new to Apple: Deneve joined from Yves Saint Laurent last year, Lisa Jackson moved over from the EPA last year, Joel Podolny went full-time on Apple University earlier this year, Young Smith was promoted to head of HR earlier this year, and Srouji became head of Hardware Technologies upon Bob Mansfield’s (second) role reduction last year

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Apple releases promised diversity data: 55% white in US, 7 out of 10 male

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Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement last month that the company would soon begin providing diversity data, today the company is releasing its first report. While disclosing numbers on the gender and ethnicity of its employees, CEO Tim Cook has also published a letter alongside the report on the company’s website (full version below).

In the letter, Cook highlights some of the progress the company has made in recent years, but also notes that he’s “not satisfied with the numbers” and that Apple plans to do more to improve them.  Read more

Paul Deneve brings YSL’s Europe President and Retail chief into the Apple fold

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Apple has just made another significant hire from the global fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent’s Europe President and Retail Head Catherine Monier. Sources say that Monier left the Paris, France-based fashion icon earlier this summer and that she started at Apple within the last few weeks. The sources added that former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who joined Apple last year to work on “Special Projects” under Apple CEO Tim Cook, was behind the hire and that Monier will work on Deneve’s team…

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Apple says it had record month in July for App Store revenue, customer transactions

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Apple has announced that July was a record setting month for App Store revenue following its earnings report last month where the company reported strong iTunes results for the three-month period that ended June (via CNBC).

The company also told CNBC today that it saw “a record number of customers making transactions” for the App Store during the month:

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Apple hires Angela Ahrendts’ confidant & former Nike exec to lead social media efforts

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Apple is giving its social media department a significant shot in the arm this week. The Cupertino-based company has hired Musa Tariq, the former social media chief for both Nike and Burberry. At Nike, Tariq ran general social media marketing as well as social media partnerships with athletes across all Nike product platforms, and at Burberry he led “strategy and innovation” for social media…

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OS X Yosemite planned for late Oct. as Apple preps 4K desktop & 12-inch Retina MacBook

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While iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch, Apple is planning to bring its next-generation Mac software, OS X Yosemite, into the wild a month later, in October, according to several sources. Apple plans to continue releasing OS X Yosemite Developer Previews every two to three weeks until a final Developer Preview is seeded on September 29th, according to the people. Apple is then expected to finish up work on Yosemite in early October and release a golden master build around October 10th, the sources said. Apple is also finishing up preparations to release a version of OS X Yosemite beta tomorrow to the first one million people who signed up for the public beta.

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Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion

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Apple is gearing up for its first major hardware and software launches of 2014. The Cupertino-based company is “tentatively” planning a keynote address in mid-September to announce the iPhone 6 and provide final details on iOS 8, according to sources briefed on the plans.

These people say that the second and third weeks of September are the mostly likely weeks for the event to be held, but they add that manufacturing uncertainties could alter the event’s timeframe. A decision has not been finalized, and sources made it clear that the plans are in flux.

The event will showcase at least the new iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen, the sources say, but a final decision on debuting the larger, 5.5-inch “phablet” model at the event has not been made. The 4.7-inch variant of the new phone is farther along in both internal testing and manufacturing preparation, the sources added.

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Apple announces Q3 2014 revenue of $37.4b: 35.2m iPhones, 13.2m iPads, 4.4m Macs

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Apple today announced its Q3 2014 earnings results, revealing that the company pulled in $37.4 billion in revenue and $7.7 billion in profit during the quarter.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple, as always, has also disclosed sales numbers for its main revenue generators. The company sold:

  • 35.2 million iPhones
  • 13.2 million iPads
  • 4.4 million Macs
  • 2.9 million iPods

Apple’s guidance for the quarter indicated revenue results between $36 and $38 billion, which Apple met.

Here’s Apple CEO Tim Cook on the results:

“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce.”

Here’s newly instated CFO Luca Maestri with his thoughts:

“We generated $10.3 billion in cash flow from operations and returned over $8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the June quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We have now taken action on over $74 billion of our $130 billion capital return program with six quarters remaining to its completion.”

Apple’s Q3 has been relatively quiet in terms of new product announcements, but the Cupertino-company did announce major moves such as the impending acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music along with an expansive future partnership with IBM for enterprise-related initiatives.

These numbers compare to last quarter’s results of $45.6 billion in revenue and sales of 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and 4.1 million Macs. You can also compare today’s numbers to analyst expectations from before the announcement. Apple is also holding a conference call today at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern time, which we will be covering live. Cook and Maestri will likely share prepared remarks and then take a series of questions at the end from financial analysts.

For Q4 2014, Apple is providing guidance between $37 billion and $40 billion. The full Q3 earnings results release is below:

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Opinion: Seven reasons why the IBM partnership could be a pretty big deal for Apple

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Wall Street seemed pretty unmoved by Apple’s announcement of its partnership with IBM, the pre-market share price barely twitching, and analysts pointing to the high level of existing iOS usage in the enterprise sector, suggesting that only trivial gains would result.

Part of the reason for that impression is the hype Apple has given to the penetration level of  iOS devices in enterprise. Back in January, Tim Cook described the numbers as “unbelieveable,” stating that the iPhone is used in 97 percent and of Fortune 500 companies and the iPad in 98 percent.

It doesn’t sound from these impressive figures that there’s much room for growth. But I think the reality is somewhat different …  Read more