Apple has recently announced some fantastic products and services in its annual hardware event with the tagline ‘Time Flies’. The Apple Event was held on Sept.,15 virtually due to the social distancing restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has unveiled a range of products and services in the annual hardware event, including a few new Apple Smartwatch models, iPads, and some software updates. However, the most awaited new iPhone 12 was not on the menu. The news is that the new iPhone 12 is set to be launched next month. Typically, Apple releases new smartphones in early September each year. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 induced lockdown, the production process was at a halt and thereby delayed the new iPhone 12 this year.
Apple has released its products at the right time when people are looking for ways to entertain themselves and trying to be more productive while working remotely and attending online classes amid the pandemic. Here’s everything Apple revealed at its September 2020 event.
Apple Watch Series 6
The main attraction of the Apple Event was Apple Watch Series 6. The design of the new Apple Watch Series 6 is similar to that of its counterpart, that is, previous-generation Apple watch models. The new processor, additional colors, brilliant features, and new band design make the Apple Watch Series 6 standout in the crowd.
Processor: The new silicon S6 chip introduced with the Apple Watch Series 6 is 20% faster than the Apple Series 5’s chip. It is perfect for operating the always-on energy-saving display. The Apple Series 5’s processor was already fast enough to hans=dle all the tasks; the new Apple Watch 6’s processor is even faster. As claimed by Apple, the S6 processor is capable and efficient for tracking elevation and monitoring blood O2.
Display: Apple Watch Series 6 has a beautiful display. It is 2.5 times brighter than the previous Apple Series 5, which gives an enjoyable calm-to-the-eye experience. Apple Watch Series 6 will cause no strain on the eyes of the users.
Sensors: Apple Watch Series 6 features some useful sensors that give information on the breathing and heart rate by tracking the blood O2 saturation. The previous Apple watch already featured some stellar fitness features, and the new Apple Watch Series 6 features are just the cherries on the cake.
Family Setup: The most useful feature that helps families stay connected is the Family Setup option. The incredible thing about this feature is that there is no need for every family member to own an iPhone. Family Setup Option allows the user to set up a device for any family member even if they don’t own an iPhone. The Family Setup Option also has a family tracking feature that lets parents know their children’s whereabouts.
Solo Loop: The new watch bands are expandable and fit on the wrist without a clasp. The new watch bands are available in seven colors and a range of sizes.
Availability: Available for pre-order, full availability from Sept.18
Apple Watch SE
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Apple Watch SE is a less expensive replacement of Apple Watch Series 3. It uses the S5 chip and offers features like fall detection, compass and always-on altimeter, a swim-proof chassis, and sleep tracking.
Availability: September 18
Apple has unveiled the 4th generation iPad Air that gets an edge-to-edge display. iPad Air is far more powerful and comes in different colors. It can also support other Apple accessories like the Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Display and Design: iPad Air features a 10.9 inch, 2360 X 1640 resolution Liquid Retina Display. It also has small bezels around the edges. The new iPad Air is also packed with Touch ID, located inside the power button, unlike the iPad Pro. Apple has introduced two new colors, the new green and the sky blue, in its new iPad line called iPad Air.
Processor: iPad Air uses the Apple A14 Bionic processor, which is packed with 12 billion transistors, offers a 40% CPU performance boost, and 16 core neural engine for running the apps which rely on AI and ML. The same processor is expected to be installed in yet to be released iPhone 12.
Other Features: iPad Air has replaced the lightning port with a USB-C connector, which supports third-party accessories like the Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Apple has refreshed the iPad line by releasing the entry-level 8th generation iPad. It offers a 12-inch retina display with a FaceTime HD camera and a 9-megapixel rear camera. Just like iPad Air, the iPad also supports third-party accessories. Apple claims that the iPad can work up to straight 10 hours of consistent usage.
Apple has also launched an all-new fitness plan called Apple Fitness+, which can be availed from the Activity app. The plan provides an in-home fitness service, which is thought to be released at a perfect time when all gyms and sports facilities are shut due to the pandemic.
Apple Fitness+ guides the workout routine of users and works in accordance with the Apple Watch. Apple Fitness+ can also be used with iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The workout will automatically start on the Apple watch when any workout video is played.
On buying a new Apple Watch, three months of Fitness+ service will be available for free in the premium plan of the new Apple One bundle discussed below.
Price: $10 per month or $80 per year
Availability: By the end of 2020
This is great news for all Apple users. Now users can avail of all Apple services via Apple One Subscription. Apple One has made it easier for users to access various Apple services. iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and Apple News+ are bundled into one monthly payment.
Apple has tried to keep things simpler for the users and has come up with three monthly plans.
Individual plan: The user can subscribe to this plan by paying $15 per month. It includes Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50 GB of iCloud storage.
Family plan: It can be availed for $20 per month. It includes 200 GB of iCloud storage, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and the ability to share with up to 6 family members.
Premium plan: This plan can be subscribed for $30 per month. It offers the apps mentioned above, including Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2 TB of iCloud storage.
Apple has also announced the availability of its latest software for phones, watches, and tablets. The new updates include iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 7. However, there is still no word regarding the release of macOS Big Sur. Speculations are that it will release alongside new Mac models later in the year.
The first virtual annual hardware event of Apple was different from all the past events. Apple unveiled a set of unique and better products, both in performance and design. Apple has focused majorly on its users’ health and fitness, looking at the current times when the world is fighting against COVID-19 and has thereby offered a set of fitness features in its smartwatch. Apple Fitness+ and Apple One will provide users more flexibility and will help them save cash. Everyone has eyes on the iPhone 12 that is yet to be launched.