Apple also announced a streamed workout subscription service apparently aimed at taking over Peloton and other companies that are capitalizing on the home fitness trend.
The new Fitness + service offers video streams of workouts in various categories such as yoga, cycling, strength training, high-intensity interval training, and dance. You can watch videos on an iPhone or TV. Data collected from an Apple Watch is displayed in real time on the screen so customers can see calorie consumption and other metrics. All of this data is then synced to Apple’s existing fitness app for later tracking. When paired with a watch, instructions will also appear on the screen on your wrist. When a trainer reminds you to check your heart rate, these numbers on the watch will enlarge so they are easier to see at a glance.
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But why subscribe to just one Apple service when you can subscribe to all of them? Apple takes advantage of the package by making the majority of its subscription services available for a single price. The bundle called Apple One contains Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage.
Prices start at $ 15 per month, including 200GB of iCould storage. With a family plan, you can share all of these basic services and increase iCloud storage to 50GB for $ 20. The Premier level adds the new Fitness + service and Apple News + and gives you 2 terabytes of storage for $ 30. Apple says these bundles will be available in the fall.
There are also two iPads
At the cheap end, Apple has a new base-model iPad. Not much has changed about this eighth generation iPad. It’s the same tablet you expected, only with a performance upgrade. It’s available on Fridays for the same standard iPad price: $ 329 or $ 299 for customers in the education market.
Apple has reserved its most exciting design changes for the new iPad Air. The company has put a larger 10.9-inch display on the same footprint, giving the new Air a denser resolution of 2,360 x 1,640 pixels. Touch ID is now built into the top sleep / wake button, which has a sapphire crystal on top so you can see your fingerprint. The device charges with USB-C – a welcome change as you can now charge your MacBook and iPad Aid using the same cable. Even more important is the new chip inside, Apple’s own A14 Bionic. It is a six core design that is more energy efficient and increases performance. It’s also the first chip based on a 5 nanometer process that is set to become the new standard in the computer industry next year. The new iPad Air starts at $ 599 and goes on sale next month.
Software updates tomorrow
When you wake up Wednesday morning, you will see some notification badges on your Apple devices. The big update is iOS 14, which will be rolled out on iPhones tomorrow. Check out our iOS 14 breakdown for information on all of the new features on iPhone. IPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV will also receive software updates on Wednesday.
No new headphones
We were expecting some personal audio devices, like new over-ear headphones and possibly a new HomePod speaker. But they didn’t make it to today’s event, which was unusually short at just over an hour. However, Apple will most likely make another hardware announcement in October. Then we expect the next iPhone to be released. Any additional products, especially those that sync to the iPhone, could then hit the market. So stay tuned.
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