It’s fall again, which means Apple has to announce new products. This time around, the company is taking a slightly different approach, announcing the new Apple Watches and iPads, which are separate from the iPhone – not to mention the lack of a physical event (thanks, Corona). Here’s all the big news Apple had to announce today.
Observe the Series 6 with blood oxygen tracking
Cupertino announced its newest wearable today, the Apple Watch Series 6, and the headlining feature was the ability to track your blood oxygen levels. This makes it useful for identifying more potential lung and heart conditions ̵
The watch also includes a new S6 chip that promises 20% more performance than its predecessor, as well as a display that is up to 2.5 times brighter than the Series 5. It costs $ 399 and is available for pre-order today. General availability begins on Friday.
A cheaper watch SE
The Apple Watch SE brings most of the value of the Series 6 into one package for $ 279. It uses the last generation S5 processor but still has the latest sensors and follows the latest Apple Watch design with thinner bezels. However, it lacks the Series 6 blood oxygen sensor and EKG capabilities, so you may still want to consider the Series 3 watch an affordable option as Apple continues to sell this model for $ 199.
No more charger in the box
According to rumors, Apple planned to remove the included charger from the iPhone 12. The logic was that a lot of people already had a working charger. It turns out that Apple is doing this with the Apple Watch first. The upcoming wearables will be delivered in the box without a charger.
Apple made the decision for environmental reasons, claiming to save the CO2 equivalent of 50,000 cars a year. This is part of a commitment to become fully carbon neutral by 2030. You can bet the iPhone will follow suit.
Apple Fitness +
One of the main reasons people buy Apple Watches is for fitness tracking. Now Apple is taking this to the next level with its new Fitness + subscription. For $ 30 a month, users can watch and track fitness videos on any device across the company. Apple says there are some of the best trainers in the world working for the platform and it’s a clear shot over the bow to Peloton.
Rumors that Apple planned to combine its various services had been around for months, and today we finally got confirmation. It is called “Apple One” and consists of three tiers including: Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, iCloud Storage, and more:
- Individual: $ 14.95 per month and 50GB of iCloud storage for one user
- Family: $ 19.95 per month with 200GB of iCloud storage for up to six users
- Premier: $ 29.95 per month, Apple News +, Apple Fitness +, and 2 TB iCloud storage for up to six people.
Apple One will launch in over 100 countries later this year, but Premier will only be available in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
New basic iPad
Apple announced a new 10.2-inch iPad today – and it still uses the same basic design Apple has used for ages.
The main feature is the use of the A12 Bionic chip. While it’s old, it offers 40% faster processing and 2x the graphics performance of the previous generation iPad. Apple claims this chip is “up to two times faster than the best-selling Windows laptop,” so the older processor should be a big problem for most buyers. It is available for pre-order starting at $ 329 and will be available starting Friday, September 18
A sleeker, more colorful iPad Air
More interesting was the reveal of the new iPad Air, which takes a leaf out of the iPad Pro’s book with a boxier, slimmer bezel design and USB-C support. Unlike the iPad Pro, it comes in a variety of pretty colors, including Rose gold, green and sky blue, in addition to silver and space gray. The narrower bezels mean the home button is gone. Instead, Apple glued Touch ID to the power button on the edge of the device.
Aside from the design, the iPad Air has a new A14 CPU with 5 nm technology – a first for mainstream processors. It brings 40% processing and 30% more graphics compared to the previous Air generation. It starts at $ 599 and will be available next month.
iOS and iPadOS 14
While Apple had nothing to do with the iPhone today, it surprised everyone by announcing that iOS 14 would be available … tomorrow, September 16th. The same goes for iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14. More information about expectations for iOS 14: You can read our post here.
And that’s it. Given that Apple is still announcing iPhones and new ARM-enabled Macs, I’m assuming we’ll see Tim Cook and his crew again soon.
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Published on September 15, 2020 – 22:42 UTC