It’s autumn again, which means it’s time for Apple to announce new products. This time, the company is doing things a little differently and announcing the new Apple Watches and iPads separately from the iPhone – not to mention the lack of a physical event (thank you, corona). Here’s all the great news Apple had to announce today.
See series 6 with oxygen tracking in the blood
Cupertino announced its latest laptop today, the Apple Watch Series 6, and the headlining feature was the ability to track the oxygen level in your blood. This makes it useful for detecting more potential lung and heart diseases ̵
The watch also includes a new S6 chip that promises 20% higher performance than its predecessor, as well as a screen that is up to ‘2.5 times brighter’ than the Series 5. It sells for $ 399 and is ready to pre-order today; general availability begins Friday.
A cheaper Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE brings much of the value of the Series 6 into a $ 279 package. It uses the latest generation S5 processor, but still offers the latest sensors and follows the latest Apple Watch design with thinner frames. However, it lacks the oxygen sensor for blood and the ECG characteristics of the Series 6, so you will still consider the Watch Series 3 as an affordable alternative, as Apple will still sell that model for $ 199.
No more charger in the box
Rumor has it that Apple planned to remove the included charger from the iPhone 12, the logic was that many already had a charger that works. It turns out that Apple does it with the Apple Watch first; the upcoming portable products are shipped without a charger in the box.
Apple says that they made the decision for environmental reasons and claimed that it will save the carbon equivalent of 50,000 cars per year. This is part of a commitment to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. You can bet that the iPhone will follow suit.
Apple Fitness +
One of the biggest reasons people buy Apple Watches is for workout tracking, and now Apple is taking it to the next level with its new Fitness + subscription. For $ 30 a month, it allows users to watch and watch workout videos on any of the company’s devices. Apple says they have some of the best coaches in the world working for the platform, and that’s a clear shot over the peloton’s bow.
Rumors that Apple planned to combine its various services had been flying around for several months now, and today we finally received confirmation. Called Apple One, it consists of three levels that include Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, iCloud storage and more:
- Individual: $ 14.95 per month and 50 GB of iCloud storage for one user
- Family: $ 19.95 per month and 200 GB iCloud storage for up to six users
- Premiums: $ 29.95 per month, adds Apple News +, Apple Fitness + and 2TB of iCloud storage for up to six people.
Apple One will be launched later this year in over 100 countries, although Premier will only be available in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.
New basic iPad
Apple today announced a new 10.2-inch iPad – and it still uses the same basic design Apple has used for ages.
The headlining feature is the use of the A12 Bionic chip; While old, it offers 40% faster processing and 2x graphics power to the previous generation iPad. Apple claims that this chip is “up to twice as fast as the best-selling Windows laptop”, so the older processor should be a big issue for most buyers. It can be pre-ordered from $ 329 and will be available from Friday 18th. September
A slimmer, more colorful, iPad Air
More interesting was the unveiling of the new iPad Air, which takes a leaf out of the iPad Pro book with a boxier, slimmer frame design and USB-C support. Unlike the iPad Pro, it comes in a variety of beautiful colors, including pink gold, green and sky blue, in addition to the colored silver and space gray. The slimmer edges mean the home button is gone, so Apple has instead attached the Touch ID to the power button on the edge of the device.
Apart from the design, the iPad Air has a new A14 processor using 5nm technology – a first for regular processors. It provides 40% processing and 30% graphics improvement over the previous generation Air. It starts at $ 599 and will be available next month.
iOS and iPadOS 14
Despite the fact that they did not announce anything iPhone-related today, Apple surprised everyone by announcing that iOS 14 will be available … tomorrow, September 16th. The same goes for iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and and tvOS 14. For more on what to expect from iOS 14, you can read our post here.
And that’s what it’s about. Given that Apple still has iPhones and new ARM-powered Macs to announce, I expect that we will soon see Tim Cook and the crew again.
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Published September 15, 2020-22: 42 UTC