- On Tuesday, Apple announced a slew of new products at its “Time Flies” event.
- The new gadgets include the Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air 4.
- Notably, Apple didn’t introduce a new iPhone at the event.
For weeks, rumors had been flying around that this September, Apple wouldn’t follow tradition and unveil a new iPhone at its annual fall event, but would instead use the occasion to introduce updates to some of its second-tier products, like new iPads and Apple Watches.
Tim Cook wasted no time confirming those theories during the “Time Flies” event, live-streamed from Apple Park in Cupertino, California.
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Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch 3 Revisited
The latest iteration of the Apple Watch comes in four colors: blue, gold stainless steel, graphite stainless steel, and red—representing the first Product (Red) option for the wearable. For the most part, though, the watch looks pretty similar to Apple Watch Series 5.
The new Apple Watch will also include a new health sensor that will measure your blood oxygen levels in real time, notifying you if the levels ever drop to a dangerous level. The feature is called VO2 Max, and it will debut later this year with WatchOS 7.
Additionally, Apple is introducing a budget wearable, appropriately called Apple Watch SE, that serves as cheaper alternative, much like the iPhone SE that launched this spring.
All of the watches go on sale beginning this Friday, with the Apple Watch Series 6 starting at $399, the Apple Watch SE starting at $279, and the Apple Watch Series 3 retailing at $199.
In WatchOS 7, there are a whole slew of new watch face designs that can exhibit your MeMoji, match your outfit, or even display your upcoming appointments or reminders.
The band will feature no clasp, buckle, or overlapping parts. Known as the “solo loop,” it’s made of silicone and meant to easily slip from the wrist. Coming in seven colors and various sizes, it’s meant to achieve peak personalization. There’s also a fabric version in five colors and a solo loop update to the leather band.
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With Family Setup, adults and kids in the same household can use an Apple Watch without actually owning an iPhone. With a special phone number issued to each user, parents can specify which contacts their children can chat with, get automatic location updates, and even keep tabs on them in the classroom. Of course, you’ll need a version of the Apple Watch with a paid cellular connection.
Apple One Subscription Bundling
Apple One is a service that bundles all of the company’s offerings, including iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and the forthcoming Apple Fitness+. It’ll be available this fall, and you can try it out for free for 30 days.
The individual plan is $14.95/month, the family plan is $19.95/month for up to five people, and the premier plan is $29.95/month. Those first two plans do not include Apple News+ or Fitness+.
If you’re into at-home workouts, Fitness+ is an intriguing option. It includes up to 10 different types of workouts, including yoga, cycling, dance, treadmill walk and run, strength, core, HIIT, rowing, and more. Most of the exercises only require a set of dumbbells or no equipment at all.
That service alone is either $9.99/month or $79.99/year. Anyone who purchases a new Apple Watch will get to try it out for free for three months.
Apple hasn’t left the iPad behind, making updates to the entire tablet lineup starting with the new 8th generation iPad. The new iPad features an A12 bionic chip, which allows up to 40 percent faster processing and delivers a 2x jump in graphics. These new features are great for creating and editing high-resolution content and exploring stunning gaming experiences.
The A12 chips can process 5 trillion operations per second and will work with full-size smart keyboards, as well as other non-Apple accessories like Logitech keyboards. Apple Pencil will also be compatible with the 8th-gen iPad.
In addition to low latency for taking notes and drawing, you can also look forward to extended battery power for all-day use. The new 8th-gen iPad will feature a 10.2-inch retina display and starts at $329 ($299 for education customers.) You’ll be able to order today with product availability starting this Friday.
Apple has completely redesigned the iPad Air, which now comes in 5 colors. Expect a larger 10.9-inch liquid retina display that uses 3.8 million pixels for crisp clarity. The Air also features an updated version of Touch ID—with the smallest authentication sensor ever designed by Apple—that’s been integrated into top button for easy access.
You’ll notice speedier overall performance thanks to an A14 bionic chip, which makes this iPad the first in the industry to use 5 nanometer process technology. (This make switching between apps, playing games, and sending emails much faster.) This new chip also extends battery power for prolonged use.
If you want something between a laptop and your phone, the iPad Air is the tablet for you. The upgraded Air comes with 30 percent faster graphics and is great for editing 4K videos, playing immersive games, and creating art. The new A14 chip turns the iPad Air into a supercomputer—we’re talking a faster neural engine for machine learning, and the ability to perform an astounding 11 trillion operations per second—that you can hold in the palm of your hand.
The new iPad Air starts at $599 and is available for order today, with product availability beginning Friday.
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