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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

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Apple's new Watch. Apple's new Watch.

(NBC News) - Apple unveiled their new Apple Watch Tuesday alongside a 5.5-inch iPhone.

The Apple Watch, which starts at $349, will be avilable in early 2015.

The device ties in with Apple's human interface philosophies, with GPS, messaging and music applications.

The Apple Watch also sports easily-interchangeable bands for dress and sport applications.

Under the hood, Apple has developed software tools for develoeprs to add functionality to the Apple Watch, such as Facebook notifications or Twitter updates.

Airlines and hotels have already developed apps that allow check-in and baggage claim from the Apple Watch.

Officially called the iPhone 6 Plus, the device is Apple's first entry into the phone-tablet hybrid (a.k.a. "phablet") market. It also released the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, making it Apple's second largest smartphone.

 A few of the other features revealed Tuesday at Apple's event in Cupertino, California

  • A faster Apple A8 processor, which Apple claims is 25 percent faster than the previous processor.
  • A better battery life than the iPhone 5s.
  • "Ion-strengthened" Retina HD resolution displays.
  • The iPhone 6 is only 6.8 millimeters thick and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 millimeters — both thinner than the 7.6-millimeter iPhone 5s.
  • An improved FaceTime camera capable of HDR photo and video, and burst mode for selfies.
  • A new NFC payment system called Apple Pay that lets people pay with their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 will start at $199 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299. Pre-orders begin on September 12, with phones actually shipping on September 19.

Why did Apple go big?

In three years, phablets will outsell both laptops and tablets, according to a report from market research firm IDC. Samsung strengthened its position in the phablet market last week by releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which comes equipped with a curved screen.

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