In just over 60 minutes, Apple today announced two new Apple Watch models, two new iPads, and the details of the latest software and service releases. Read on for a full round-up of all of the information Apple announced today at its September event.
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple kicked off today with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 6. Reports indicate that one of its key features is the addition of a new function for blood oxygen. There is a new blood oxygen sensor on the Apple Watch itself, which works via a new blood oxygen app in watchOS 7.
Apple explains that oxygen saturation is the percentage of oxygen that red blood cells carry from the lungs to the rest of the body, and it is how well that oxygenated blood is shed throughout the body. With the Apple Watch Series 6, you can use the Blood Oxygen App to call up a reading in just 1
In terms of performance, the Apple Watch Series 6 is powered by Apple’s newest S6 processor, which is up to 20% faster than the Series 5. According to Apple, the Apple Watch Series 6 offers the same 18-hour battery life as before. It also includes the U1 chip and ultra-broadband antennas for functions like CarKeys. And while the battery life is the same, the Series 6 charges 20% faster than the Series 5, according to Apple, and workout tracking is less intense for indoor and outdoor runs.
The Apple Watch Series 6 has the same overall design as the Series 5, but the permanently on display is up to 2.5 times brighter than the Series 5. The Apple Watch Series 6 is also in a new blue color as well as a PRODUCT available option (RED). The ceramic model available with the Series 5 has also been discontinued.
The new Apple Watch Series 6 is available to order starting today, starting at $ 399. The first orders will be received on Friday, but some models are delayed until October and November.
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Apple Watch SE
Next up is the new Apple Watch SE. This is a more affordable option for Apple Watch buyers, priced at $ 279.
The Apple Watch SE shares the same physical design as the Series 4, 5, and 6. It is powered by Apple’s S5 processor, which Apple says is up to two times faster than the Apple Watch Series 3.
The Apple Watch SE does not have a permanently on display, nor does it support EKG or blood oxygen functions, but there is support for fall detection and emergency SOS. Other features include an altimeter that is always on, a built-in compass, the latest speakers and a microphone optimized for better sound quality during phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie 1, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Apple Watch SE is available to order starting today, starting at $ 279. The first orders arrive on Friday. If you want a cell phone, the Apple Watch SE with Cell Phone starts at $ 329. Interestingly, the Series 3 is still available in Apple’s lineup for $ 199. This means that the Apple Watch lineup starts at $ 199 for the Series 3, $ 279 for the Apple Watch SE, and $ 399 for the Apple Watch Series 5.
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Apple Fitness +
Apple continued its focus on the Apple Watch and fitness with the launch of its newest subscription service, Apple Fitness +. Apple Fitness + is integrated into the Apple Watch and the fitness app on the iPhone. Fitness + is $ 9.99 per month or $ 79.99 per year.
Users can view fitness classes hosted by Apple, with health training metrics displayed over the video synced from Apple Watch. The data can then be automatically saved in the Health app.
In terms of programming, Apple Fitness + includes workouts for biking, treadmills, HIIT, rowing, strength, yoga, dance, core, and cool downs. Each class is set to music, which you can easily find on your device through Apple Music. According to Apple, new workouts are released weekly.
Apple Fitness + classes can be viewed on iPhone through the Fitness app, or through a brand new fitness app on iPad and Apple TV. Fitness + will debut before the end of the year. Apple will include three months of free Apple Fitness + with new Apple Watch purchases.
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Apple One bundle
In addition to the introduction of Apple Fitness +, Apple also presented the long-awaited service package with the Apple One brand.
Apple One starts at $ 15 per month for Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for individuals. The family version of the plan costs $ 20 per month with 200GB of storage.
For $ 30 per month, you can upgrade to the Premiere Apple One bundle, which includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, 2 TB iCloud storage, Apple News +, and Apple Fitness +.
Based on Apple’s announcements today, the Apple One appears to be solid value for money. According to Apple, individuals can save $ 6 per month while families can save $ 8 per month. Additionally, the Premier plan is $ 25 cheaper than buying all of Apple’s services individually.
We’ll be sharing more details about Apple One in the coming weeks. Apple says the bundle will be available this fall.
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8th generation iPad
Finally, Apple closed today’s event with two announcements for the iPad range. First, Apple introduced a brand new $ 329 iPad that comes with the A12 Bionic processor. This is an upgrade from the previous generation A10 processor.
According to Apple, the A12 chip offers more than twice the performance of the best-selling Windows laptop and more than six times faster than the best-selling Android tablet and six times faster than the best-selling Chromebook.
Everything else about the new 8th generation iPad is the same, including Apple Pencil support, Smart Keyboard support, 10.2-inch Retina display, and Smart Connector support.
The 8th generation iPad is priced the same as the 7th generation iPad: that’s $ 329 for general sales and $ 299 for education. It can be ordered from today. The first shipments arrive on Friday.
New iPad Air
The next announcement for iPad today was a brand new iPad Air. Rumor has it that the new iPad Air is a massive update compared to its predecessor. The trailblazer here is a complete redesign that is very similar to the iPad Pro.
The new iPad Air has a 10.9-inch liquid retina display with P3 wide color, True Tone and a laminate coating. The Touch-ID is located in the power switch. Instead of the face ID, the biometric authentication is integrated directly into the power switch. This is the first time Apple has extended Touch ID outside of the home button.
The 10.9-inch display of the iPad Air offers a resolution of 2360 × 1640 with full lamination. In terms of performance, the device is powered by Apple’s newest A14 Bionic processor. This makes the iPad Air the first Apple product
Finally, the iPad Air offers second-generation Apple Pencil support and Magic Keyboard. The new iPad Air will start at $ 599 next month.
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Release dates of the software
Finally, today’s event closed with an incredibly surprising announcement for the future of its software platforms. Apple announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 will be available to everyone tomorrow, September 16. This was a surprising announcement as many people assumed that Apple would give developers at least a week in advance.
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What was your favorite announcement during today’s Apple event? Have you ordered a new Apple Watch? Are you planning to order a new iPad? Let us know in the comments.
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