Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, Apple One Service Packs, Apple Fitness Plus to potentially compete with Peloton, and iPad and iPad Air updates.
Although the Apple Watch and iPad event is a warm-up for the launch of the iPhone 5G, the company has done enough to grow hardware sales and keep wallets for services.
The event was typical of Apple. Product upgrades that encourage purchases, services that threaten multiple competitors, and good pricing across the portfolio.
Here is the overview.
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple CEO Tim Cook pitched the Apple Watch as an essential productivity, health, music and smart home device.
However, the Apple Watch Series 6 has also been touted for more colors, including a (product) red version starting at $ 399.
- Series 6 is up to 20% faster.
- Uses a chip based on the Bionic processor used in the iPhone.
- Always on display that is 2.5 times brighter outdoors.
- Altimeter measurements.
- Animoji watch faces and more options from developers.
- More strap options and the ‘solo loop’ without buckles and stretchable. There is also a braided version in different colors.
- Apple Watch management family setup app for parents with kids without an iPhone. With contact control and location notifications.
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The great health field
The big upside is that the Apple Watch is more about health than anything and it cites people who have been warned about the conditions.
Jeff Williams, chief operating officer, explained the health traits for VO2Max and cardio fitness: “Every year the Apple Watch raises the bar,” said Williams.
Important elements are:
- Blood oxygen measurements.
- Background health metrics while you sleep.
- Partnerships with academic institutions for studies.
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A version of the Series 6 with Apple Watch SE
This version of the Apple Watch offers the basics for a cheaper price. It uses the S5 chip with cellular models.
Family setup is included, as is fall detection for a starting price of $ 279.
The introduction of the Apple Watch SE is based on the iPhone pricing model and could expand the market.
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Apple offers a fitness service that could compromise the Peloton app
Apple Watch receives a training service with trainers and music.
Apple Fitness + is a new service for the Apple Watch and another core theme for the company as a whole – the growth is in the services.
Fitness + runs on iPhone and iPad and uses the Apple Watch to track measurement data. The data is displayed on the screen.
Workout types include yoga, cycling, dance, treadmill, strength, core, rowing, and mindful cooldown. Its pricing is $ 9.99 per month or $ 79.99 per year.
Apple One started
Apple One is a long-rumored package of services ranging from arcade to fitness to news and music. Apple One is offered in custom plans for $ 14.95 per month. Family plans are $ 19.95 per month and a Premier plan is $ 29.95 per month.
Add it up, and Apple One has just launched a wired package of plans.
New iPad range
The most popular iPad from Apple – the base model – received an update with an 8th generation with the A12 Bionic chip.
Apple’s new iPad advertises speed over competing laptops and tablets. Apple also adds improvements for the Neural Engine, iPad OS 14, and Apple Pencil.
The 8th generation iPad is available for $ 329 and $ 299 for education.
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iPad Air receives A14 Bionic, USB-C
Apple also updated the iPad Air, redesigning it with the Touch ID on top of the device. The mid-range iPad Air has enough colors, processor updates, and performance to make upgrades.
The company added Bionic to the iPad Air and USB-C A14. Apple has also improved the cameras.
Apple’s A14 Bionic is based on 5 nm technology with 11.8 billion transistors.
Overall, the iPad Air offers strong performance at a reasonable price starting at $ 599. Availability starts next month.