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New Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available for Preorder Friday

New Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available for Preorder Friday

Apple(NEW YORK) — Ready, set … go!

The hotly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available Friday for preorder.

The phones officially went on sale at midnight on Apple.com and on the websites of various wireless carriers. Apple fanatics can also place their orders in-store at big-box retailers, including Best Buy, Walmart and Target.

Devices won’t reach consumers until Sept. 19, according to Apple.

The most obvious physical difference among previous iPhones and the latest devices is the screen size. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including “reachability.” With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach “anything” at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

Apple Pay, the company’s digital wallet that is aiming to be a credit card killer, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

Apple uses a new chip called the Secure Element, which is embedded in the new devices. The chip stores users’ encrypted payment information and allows them to pay for items with a simple swipe.

McDonald’s, Subway, Whole Foods, and Apple retail stores are among the retailers that will accept Apple Pay when it launches next month. McDonald’s said all U.S. locations will accept Apple Pay after it is live.

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16 GB configuration, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for a 128 GB configuration, with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (16 GB), $399 (64 GB) and $499 (128 GB). Both phones come in three colors: gold, silver, and “space gray.”

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Royal Bank of Scotland Could Move Headquarters to London

Royal Bank of Scotland Could Move Headquarters to London

AdrianHancu/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) — The Royal Bank of Scotland Group confirmed on Thursday that if the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence passes, they will relocate their headquarters to London.

The bank says that it would “re-domicile the Bank’s holding company and its primary rated operating entity” in order to “provide clarity to all our stakeholders and mitigate risks.” The bank says the move would have no impact on its customers, as Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom for at least 18 months following a “yes” vote.

The bank has been headquartered in Scotland since 1727 and “intends to retain a significant level of its operations and employment in Scotland” even if a move is undertaken.

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Saks $400,000 Shopping Spree Called Credit Card Fraud

Saks $400,000 Shopping Spree Called Credit Card Fraud

klaptoman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Six Saks Fifth Avenue employees went on a months-long $400,000 shopping spree with customers’ credit cards at the fashionable store, according to a criminal report.

The Saks employees worked out an elaborate scheme that fraudulently used the credit cards of at least 22 customers to buy hundreds of pairs of designer shoes and handbags, including many that were found by police last week in the alleged ringleader’s apartment in Queens, N.Y.

The criminal complaint alleges that Tamara Williams, 36, stole customers’ credit card data from the store computers and then shared the information with five sales associates. Williams allegedly gave her cohorts specific lists of what they should buy from the store with the stolen credit card information.

A separate group called “the fake shoppers” would then be called in to “take the bags of fraudulently purchased items from certain of the…associates and return the items to (Williams) at designated meeting places in Queens.”

Some of the items were returned to Saks and the charges were returned to fake accounts created by the suspects, the complaint alleges.

The process was caught on surveillance footage that was then shown to police.

This operation carried on for four months until police raided Williams’ apartment on Friday and found “over one hundred boxes of shoes…as well as many boxes of handbags and other merchandise,” the criminal complaint stated.

Four men and one woman have been arrested in addition to Williams, and they have all been charged with grand larceny and identity theft.

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NFL Sponsor Pepsi Makes Statement on Ray Rice Controversy

NFL Sponsor Pepsi Makes Statement on Ray Rice Controversy

Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A sponsor of the National Football League has issued a strong statement against domestic violence in light of the Ray Rice controversy.

“Domestic violence is completely unacceptable,” PepsiCo said in a public statement. “We are encouraged to see the NFL is now treating this with the seriousness it deserves.”

PepsiCo has maintained a 31-year partnership with the league, according to its website, and sponsors the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the NFL Rookie of the Week award and the NFL Rookie of the Year award.

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Why Falling Gas Prices Have Further to Go

Why Falling Gas Prices Have Further to Go

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s good news about the cost of energy: It’s getting cheaper.

The cost of oil has been falling for weeks on global markets. West Texas crude is now just under $91 a barrel.

The International Energy Agency has once again cut its oil demand forecast for 2014.

“The recent slowdown in demand growth is nothing short of remarkable,” the IEA says in its latest report, out Thursday. “While demand growth is still expected to gain momentum, the expected pace of recovery is now looking somewhat more subdued.”

Compared with August of last year, global supply rose more than 800,000 barrels a day.

Rising U.S. oil production is one important factor keeping a lid on the cost of oil. U.S. gasoline prices are expected to continue the downward trend this fall, analysts say.

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Stock Market Report: Dow Jones Closes Down on Thursday

Stock Market Report: Dow Jones Closes Down on Thursday

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks moved lower on Thursday as investors consider the outlook for interest rates, new sanctions against Russia, and volatile energy prices. According to the Stock Trader’s Almanac, September is traditionally the weakest month for the markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down over 19 points, ending the day at 17,049.00. But the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 did see some gains on Thursday; the Nasdaq went up over 5 points to 4,591.81 and the S&P climbed 1.76 points to 1,997.45.

Toyota is recalling 130,000 Tundra pickups because of a plastic trim piece that may interfere with the side airbags.

McDonald’s is test marketing “McBrunch” for weekend mornings, with items like the ciabatta breakfast sandwich.

The government is tightening its rules on reporting accidents in the workplace. Beginning January 1, employers must do so within eight hours of the incident. 

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Starbucks to Lift Ban on Visible Tattoos for Employees?

Starbucks to Lift Ban on Visible Tattoos for Employees?

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Starbucks may lift its ban on visible tattoos for its employees.

Until now, the coffee chain has told baristas to keep them under wraps. But thousands of Starbucks employees signed a petition that opposes the ban.

The company is rethinking its dress code, including the tattoo policy, according to an internal memo from Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead.

“The company expects to announce a dress code update within the next few weeks,” a company spokesman told USA Today.

Some employees complained that even in hot weather they must wear long-sleeved shirts to hide their tattoos.

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Starbucks to Lift Ban on Visible Tattoos for Employees?

Starbucks to Lift Ban on Visible Tattoos for Employees?

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Starbucks may lift its ban on visible tattoos for its employees.

Until now, the coffee chain has told baristas to keep them under wraps. But thousands of Starbucks employees signed a petition that opposes the ban.

The company is rethinking its dress code, including the tattoo policy, according to an internal memo from Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead.

“The company expects to announce a dress code update within the next few weeks,” a company spokesman told USA Today.

Some employees complained that even in hot weather they must wear long-sleeved shirts to hide their tattoos.

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You’re Ordering Your Coffee Wrong: Baristas Spill the Beans

You’re Ordering Your Coffee Wrong: Baristas Spill the Beans

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Coffee is the most valuable traded commodity in the world, second only to oil. But while the average American worker spends $1,000 on coffee every year, there’s a chance they might not be ordering from their barista correctly.

“I think that there is an inaccurate perception of the negativity and bitterness of the barista,” barista Max Reid told ABC News’ 20/20. “I think one of the big frustrations is that the baristas and the customers aren’t speaking the same language.”

On average, coffee shop baristas get paid $8.66 an hour to serve coffee while dealing with both polite and rude customers.

“Baristas are basically drug dealers,” former barista Hayley Brown told 20/20. “So when the, you know, junkie comes to get his fix, he’s not going to be super-polite. He’s just really focused on getting what he’s there for.”

Inspired by their unpleasant customer experiences, Reid and Brown formed Les MiseraBaristas, singing about their lives in a coffee shop set to the music of Les Misérables in a YouTube video.

“It was all my pent-up sadness and frustration. And I took it to a creative outlet,” said Brown.

To help you get on your barista’s good side and leave with the perfect cup of coffee, the former baristas offered these tips below:

1. Find a barista who takes their time making your drink

Many baristas take pride in creating your coffee concoction.

“When I craft a drink, like, it has to have a certain quality or else I feel bad because I’m an artist,” Reid said. “I take pride in what I do, and I don’t want to do anything subpar.”

But you might even be missing out by going to a big box chain coffee shop.

Jennifer Garden, an instructor at the Ivy League Barista Academy Coffee School and operations manager at Better Buzz Coffee in San Diego, compared ordering coffee from a chain coffee shop to ordering a burger from a fast-food restaurant rather than a local burger joint.

“You can go to somewhere where somebody actually does have a passion, and they do care about what they’re preparing for the customer,” Garden told 20/20. “I feel like that’s the big difference, is when you’re really putting effort into what you’re preparing for the customer.”

2. Don’t be rude to your barista, or they might steal your buzz away from you

“For instance, if someone’s being particularly rude, you can add little extra charges,” Reid said.

A barista could charge you once for asking for caramel, vanilla and chocolate, or they might charge you three times if you’re unpleasant.

Reid said he’s even given decaf to rude customers who wanted extra caffeine.

3. Be aware of other customers

“Know what you want before you get to the register,” Brown said.

If there’s a line behind you, you might be wasting everyone’s time with your uncertainty.

4. Tipping helps

“If you put in that dollar, we will remember you,” said Reid.

A barista might give you a reward for your tip, such as putting extra whipped cream in your drink.

“Or, ‘Whoops, I accidentally made you a large one. Here you go, my mistake. Hope you don’t mind,’” Reid said.

5. Trust your barista

You might be frustrating your barista if you add too many substitutions to your drink order.

“I think that the reason that baristas are irritated with the customers sometimes is because customers are very particular about their drinks,” said Garden. “It’s really frustrating because the barista might have this set idea of what a drink should be like, should taste like, the milk that’s being used in it. And somebody comes in and just changes your entire recipe.”

According to Garden, if a barista is properly trained, they should know what to do with a drink and how a latte should really be served.

6. Engage your barista

“Saying, ‘How are you?’ back is really nice,” said Brown.

When customers were nice to her, Brown said she would go the extra mile for their drink.

“People I liked, I would reward, like give them a little extra whipped cream or, you know, draw a little smiley face on their cup,” she said.

7. Become a regular customer

According to Reid, baristas pick favorites when it comes to their customers.

“Being a regular does pay off,” Reid said. “We’ll give you, like, little free samples of things. You’ll be the first to try a new concoction we’re making.”

Tune in for the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET.

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Jobless Claims Climb Higher to 315K

Jobless Claims Climb Higher to 315K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were higher last week, increasing by 11,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Sept. 6, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 315,000. The previous week, claims stood at 304,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting that week’s figures.

The four-week moving average jumped higher, increasing by just 750 to 303,250.

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Woman’s Bid to End Prescription Drug Sales on eBay

Woman’s Bid to End Prescription Drug Sales on eBay

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Almost everything is for sale on the Internet auction site eBay, sometimes including powerful and potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Nancy White, a Tennessee-based IT manager, said she has filed hundreds of reports with eBay customer service over the past four years complaining about prescription drugs being sold illegally on the site. She began her quest after ordering a skin cream and receiving a potentially harmful prescription medication instead.

“It was alarming, especially after I started investigating the scope of the problem,” she said.

Every time White makes a complaint, she said the company responds by removing the offending listings. But they’re usually back up within hours and often under the same seller profile, she said.

“They always assure me that this should not happen again and it will not happen again, but I’ve seen the same vendor relist the same drug over and over,” she said.

eBay spokesman Ryan Moore said the company goes through great lengths to protect consumers.

“eBay does not allow the listing of any substance that requires a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner or must be administered by a licensed practitioner. Listings that violate our policy are removed promptly after coming to our attention,” Moore told ABC News, adding that the online retailer is invested in systems dedicated to monitoring illegal listings.

However, White offered one example of a seller who has relisted the cosmetic cream, retin-A, eighteen separate times. While not the most hazardous product, retin-A does require a prescription. Side effects include excessive redness, blisters or a severe reaction to the sun in those who are allergic to it, according to Gina Caliendo, director of pharmacy at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

The seller, whom ABC News is not naming, boasts a “100 percent positive feedback” rating. He did not immediately return a request for comment.

White said she concentrates on reporting vendors located in the U.S. Many appear to sell prescription drugs exclusively but some sell other products like e-cigarette devices, candy and even bow ties. Since there’s obviously no “prescription drug category” on the site, sellers typically post under “health and beauty,” “skin care,” “over-the-counter medications” or even “pet supplies.” Images of packaging are often posed to hide the “RX Only” notation, she said.

Some of the more than 50 medications White said she has reported to eBay do have serious side effects. Among them is Yasmin, a birth control pill that carries an increased risk of blood clots compared to other birth control medications. It also increases the risk of stroke, especially in smokers, Caliendo cautioned.

“Birth control is in common usage but no one should be using it without the supervision of a healthcare provider,” Caliendo said.

Another potentially dangerous drug White said she has reported multiple times is the anti-seizure drug, Tegretol. Caliendo said that doctors monitor use of this drug closely as patients are usually stepped up to a full dose over a period of weeks. Blood tests should be performed periodically to rule out potential toxic effects to the liver and bone marrow, Caliendo explained, adding that the drug can be fatal in high doses.

Dr. Ford Vox, a brain injury specialist with the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, said eBay isn’t the only high traffic website that has a prescription drug problem. Several months ago, his wife ordered an acne medication on Amazon that turned out to be the prescription-only antibiotic, clindamycin.

“Many of these large, multinational sites blame the people who use their platforms when in actuality they need to rethink some of their fundamental procedures,” Vox said. “It indicates they aren’t taking upon themselves to look for patterns of abuse on their own.”

Amazon declined to comment for this story.

The Food and Drug Administration, one of the government agencies responsible for the oversight of prescription drug sales, did not respond to several requests for a comment. But Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, told ABC News that the agency is serious about stopping the sort of illegal activity described by White.

“We look anywhere and everywhere if there is an indication of drug trafficking, even a large site like eBay,” he said.

Vox said there is currently so little government supervision that only the companies themselves can find out the extent of criminal activities on their site. And he said the global nature of the sites are no excuse for allowing illegal activity.

“Imagine any local flea market operating under similar circumstances where individual vendors were selling illegally,” he said. “Law enforcement would come down hard. This is no different.”

As for why people would risk purchasing potential harmful prescriptions online, Vox said they might not realize they’re doing anything wrong.

“They may mistakenly believe that ordering their prescriptions like this is perfectly legal,” he said, adding that some might do it to save money or because they don’t have access to a doctor.

White said she hopes her crusade results in eBay cleaning up all illegal prescription drug sales.

“I want everyone to see that selling these drugs can have consequences,” she said. “There is a person at the other end of each transaction who could be in danger from what they buy on this site.”

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Google Says System Was Not Breached, Advises Users to Protect Themselves Online

Google Says System Was Not Breached, Advises Users to Protect Themselves Online

Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Google denied on Wednesday that their system may have been compromised, allowing as many as five million users’ emails and passwords to be made public.

“The security of our users is of paramount importance to us,” a Google spokesperson said. “We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that an account has been compromised, we take steps to help our users secure their accounts.”

The Google spokesperson said that an exceedingly small percentage of the email addresses and passwords listed online match, meaning the majority are just random matches and would not allow access to a user’s account.

Google speculates that credentials could have been obtained in a number of ways without a breach of Google systems. Phishing schemes, the installation of malware, or the hacking of a third-party website where users may have reused passwords are among the possible causes.

As they have with other recent concerns about personal information, Google recommends users utilize a strong and unique password, update their recovery options and take advantage of two-step verification for log-ins.

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Apple Removes iPod Classic from Website

Apple Removes iPod Classic from Website

Apple(NEW YORK) — After Tuesday’s announcement revealing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, Apple has quietly removed the iPod classic from its website.

The iPod classic, the MP3 player with a clickwheel that revolutionized the music industry, was introduced in 2001.

Remaining iPod options on the Apple website include the iPod Shuffle, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Touch.

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Home Depot Data Breach Affects 60M Customers, BillGuard Says

Home Depot Data Breach Affects 60M Customers, BillGuard Says

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The country’s largest home improvement chain may end up being the victim of the largest payment data breach.

BillGuard, the bank and credit card tracking app, believes the breach at Home Depot affects 60 million customers and may result in more than $2 billion worth of fraudulent charges.

BillGuard says the average amount of fraud posted to each affected account is about $300.

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Home Depot declined to confirm, saying it has nothing new to share and is continuing the investigation into the size and scope of the breach, which may have started as far back as April.

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Stock Market Climbs After Two Days of Losses

Stock Market Climbs After Two Days of Losses

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After two days of losses, the stock market climbed on Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up almost 55 points, ending the day at 17,068.71. The Nasdaq gained over 34 points, closing at 4,586.52, while the S&P 500 added 7.25 points, closing at 1,995.69.

Apple’s stock rose almost 3% on Wednesday, just one day after the company introduced a smartwatch, a bigger iPhone, and a brand-new mobile-payment system.

A security breach at Home Depot may have affected 60 million shoppers and may result in more than $2 billion of fraudulent charges.

On Wednesday the Atlantic City Convention Center was transformed into a resource center for the thousands of laid-off workers following the closing of two casinos over the Labor Day weekend. The resource center aims to help people file for unemployment and find new work.

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Internet Slowdown Day: Why Some Sites Have ‘Spinning Wheel of Death’

Internet Slowdown Day: Why Some Sites Have ‘Spinning Wheel of Death’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Internet Slowdown Day is here.

While the Internet itself won’t be slowing down, expect to see the dreaded “spinning wheel of death” loading symbol featured prominently on some of your favorite websites, including Netflix, Foursquare, Etsy and more.

The group of websites have banded together into “Team Internet” to protest proposed changes to net neutrality rules, which would allow Internet service providers to charge high traffic websites more or essentially force them to create a “slow lane” for customers.

The loading icons lead users to the “Battle for the Net” website where they can sign a letter to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the White House. The hope is that the campaign will inspire millions of people to submit comments to the FCC on net neutrality before the public comment period ends on Sept. 15.

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“Destiny” Video Game Shatters Records on First Day of Release

“Destiny” Video Game Shatters Records on First Day of Release

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — The new video game Destiny shattered records Tuesday as it went on sale at 12:01 a.m.

Activision Publishing, Inc. announced Wednesday it sold more than $500 million of the game into retail stores and first parties worldwide during the first day of its release.

That makes Destiny “the biggest new [video game] franchise launch in our industry’s history,” Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a statement. “It’s also the highest-selling day one digital console release in history.”

Destiny, from the makers of Halo, allows players to take on the role of being the guardians of the last city on Earth. Throughout the game, players will battle enemies and explore other planets, all while interacting in a living, social world.

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What to Do Before You Buy the iPhone 6

What to Do Before You Buy the iPhone 6

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might have made you eager to part with your old iPhone — but there’s one important step you need to take before making the switch.

If you’re planning on giving away, selling or trading in your current iPhone, it’s recommended that you make sure your device is wiped clean. This will make sure your personal information and digital memories aren’t given to someone else.

First, it’s important to make sure your phone is backed up. There are two easy ways to do this.

iCloud

Chances are you’re already using the iCloud, but here’s how to make sure you’ve recently backed up everything.

Tap Settings, then go to iCloud, choose Storage & Backup. Make sure the iCloud switch is toggled to “on” and then choose “Back Up Now.”

iTunes

Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes. Then, choose file, devices and then backup.

If you’re using a version of iTunes 10.7 or earlier, right click the device from the list and then choose “backup now.”

Double check that the backup worked by going to preferences and then clicking devices. The latest backup and the device should be listed on the screen.

Wiping the Phone

Once you’re satisfied everything is backed up to the iCloud or iTunes, you’re ready to restore the phone back to its factory settings. Go to settings, general, reset and then choose “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Now you’re ready to sell, trade-in or give away your iPhone.

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Man Behind Apple Watch Design, Says Device Went Through ‘Millions’ of Versions

Man Behind Apple Watch Design, Says Device Went Through ‘Millions’ of Versions

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — The Apple Watch went through “millions” of different version before it was unveiled Tuesday in Cupertino, California, Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive told ABC News’ David Muir in an exclusive interview.

“When you actually do the calculations, it’s millions and millions,” Ive said. “We’ve always tried to make products that people don’t begrudgingly use but want to use, and I think that the bar for that is very high when it’s something that you wear and it’s something that you’re going to wear all day, every day.”

It was Ive’s voice that narrated the pre-recorded video demonstration for the smartwatch during Tuesday’s big unveiling at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

The watches, Ive said, come in three collections and a range of faces, which can differentiate between a touch and a press.

“The way that we treated this from a design point of view was that you had hardware and then software,” Ive said. “Our experience as customers, as users, is they’re the same. They’re one and the same. So in terms of this, we designed the user interface, gave people multiple choices.”

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The watch is also customizable. Users can choose watch faces that include minute and second hands, digital time and more options for personalization. For people who don’t wish to wear a large device, Apple developed a smaller watch, 38 mm in height compared with the 42 mm option, with matching smaller straps.

“We worked extremely hard to make it an object that would, one, be desirable but to be personal because we don’t want to wear the same watch,” Ive said. “One of the reasons it takes us a long time [is] because, I think, people are very discerned. A lot of people don’t wear a watch, at the moment.”

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘I Think Steve Jobs Is Smiling Right Now,’ Apple CEO Says

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I Think Steve Jobs Is Smiling Right Now,’ Apple CEO Says

ABC News(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — ABC News’ David Muir went behind the scenes Tuesday with Apple CEO Tim Cook to try on the new Apple Watch and learn more about the company’s groundbreaking announcement.

“We believe this product will redefine what people expect from its category,” Cook said Tuesday during the company’s much-anticipated event in Cupertino, California.

In addition to the watch, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, as well as the iPhone 6 Plus, both with larger screens than previous iPhone models, as well as other new features.

“Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhones,” Cook said.

But how will these new products change people’s daily lives? Will credit cards become extinct? Will the Apple Watch replace the cellphone?

Muir spoke exclusively, one-on-one, with Cook to answer all those questions.

Cook made Tuesday’s big unveiling announcement from the Flint Center stage in Cupertino — the same stage where the company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac computer 25 years ago.

“I think about Steve a lot. I love Steve dearly and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him, and this morning, being here, I especially thought about him,” Cook said. “I think he would be incredibly proud to see that the company that he left us, which I think was one of his greatest gifts to mankind was the company itself, be doing what it’s doing today, I think he’s smiling right now.”

Although Cook said his team started working on the Apple Watch after Jobs died in 2011, he felt his friend still left an impact on the new product.

“The foundation that he left, you can see in all the things that we’re doing today, and the way we look at things,” Cook said. “So to me it’s not as a big deal whether he personally saw something or didn’t, his thinking and his taste and his incredible perfectionist kind of view, and his view that you should always innovate, all those things are alive and well in the company and I think they always will be.”

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