Apple events are always full of small details that do not make it the main presentation. Some things are buried in footnotes and others in release notes. Yesterday was no exception, so after getting the chance to dig a little deeper, here’s a selection of details on what Apple announced yesterday.
Logitech Folio Case
Shortly after Apple’s event ended, Logitech announced a new iPad Air keyboard case called the Logitech Folio Touch. The case contains a keyboard that connects to the iPad Air’s Smart Connector, an integrated trackpad and a stand.
Logitech’s press release states that the kickstand has a 40-degree range of motion and can be folded towards the back of the iPad when not in use, similar to Apple̵
To protect the iPad, Logitech’s new cover covers the back, and there is a magnetic lock that prevents the case from opening. There is also storage space for the second generation Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon. Logitech expects the Folio Touch to ship in October for $ 159.99.
Apple Watch Series 6
Several interesting details emerged about the Apple Watch Series 6 in the hours after Apple’s presentation.
One of the losses on the updates was the white ceramic Apple Watch, which is no longer available. Although the Series 6 added other edition options and different aluminum colors for the Watch case, it is no longer possible to purchase the ceramic model, which started at $ 1,299 for the Series 5.
The series 6 was first revealed in a slide during the presentation, and supports 5 GHz WiFi for the first time and charges 20% faster than before. I am especially pleased with the faster charging. It takes a solid hour to 90 minutes to charge the Series 5 Watch when it is below 10%, which feels forever for such a small device.
Series 6 Watch has a U1 Ultra Wideband chip that provides a more accurate measurement of distances between devices. Apple did not explain the add-on, but as MacRumors suggests, one possible use is to find objects using the many rumors AirTags.
Among the features of the Apple Watch Family, which makes it possible to set up Apple Watches even if a user does not own an iPhone, is the Apple Cash Family, as MacRumors describes in this story. The new feature is a way to give kids an Apple Pay balance they can use. Parents can view their children’s purchases in the Wallet app and receive purchase notifications for up to five family members.
Of course, there is a long list of new bands, including brand new Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop. Both bands come in a number of different sizes over the two suitcase sizes. To find out which size is best for you, Apple has provided a PDF guide that you can print and wrap around your wrist. New color combinations and Hermès ribbons have also been added.
According to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, it should be possible to purchase more than 2 TB of iCloud storage as an add-on to the Apple One service pack:
Worth noting: According to the short FAQ at the bottom of Apple’s Apple One website, “You can purchase additional iCloud storage separately to supplement what comes with your Apple One subscription.” This includes, I am reliably informed, being able to purchase an additional 2 TB if the included 2 TB in Premier level is not enough for your family. (4K video clips added together.) ”
I’ve had a good time with the 2TB plan, but for anyone who takes a lot of 4K videos, adding even more storage space is an excellent option to have.
Finally, AppleCare + got improvements yesterday as well. The protection plan has been expanded to cover two incidental damage incidents per year. In addition, deductibles for theft and loss have been reduced, which makes the service a better purchase than before.
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