Apple Event Highlights 2020
Apple announced a ton of new devices and features today at its September hardware event, but no word on its upcoming iPhones. That’s expected later in the month, maybe next.
Apple Watch Series 6
The next-generation model has the same design as the Series 4 and Series 5, but features improved internals and new finishes – including an oximeter sensor. With an oximeter sensor, Apple Watch Series 6 is capable of measuring blood oxygen levels. The new blood oxygen lets you take a measurement in just 15 seconds.
Apple Watch Series 6 comes with the new faster S6 chip, with improved performance and new sensors, including an altimeter. Apple Watch Series 6’s screen can get 2.5 times brighter outdoors and also has an always-on altimeter. The Series 6 comes in a number of new colors, including a blue aluminum case, gold stainless steel, gray stainless steel called graphite, and for the first time, there’s an Apple Watch Product Red model. There is a number of new watch faces, including a watch face that shows a Memoji.
The Apple Watch Series 6 India price starts at Rs 40,990 for GPS and Rs 44,990 for GPS+Cellular.
Apple Watch SE
Apple also announced the new Apple Watch SE. It has the same design as the Series 5, It has many of the same features as the Series 6, including a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, an always-on altimeter, and fall detection. Apple Watch SE will be available in 40mm and 44mm with GPS and Cellular versions. Apple Watch SE will be available at a starting price of Rs 29,900 for the 40mm GPS aluminum model.
As rumoured earlier, Apple has announced its new fitness service, designed around the Apple Watch. It’s called Apple Fitness+ and will cost $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year. The service will offer workout classes spanning many categories, including cycling and yoga.
The new Family Setup option lets families stay connected, even when some members of the family don’t have an iPhone. It also comes with a family tracking feature, which lets parents make sure their kids have checked into school or sports practice.
iPad Air (2020)
The iPad Air (2020) was also launched during this event. This iPad has a bigger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution. This iPad has a single 12-megapixel rear camera. One big feature here appears to be the integration of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the power button on the iPad Air (2020). The iPad Air (2020) has the new 5nm A14 Bionic chip, which is expected to ship with the iPhone 12 series too. Apple says it has a 6-core CPU, a new 4-core GPU architecture, and a 16-core neural engine and Lightning port have also been switched out for USB-C.
Apple says the iPad Air (2020) offers 40% better CPU performance and 30% better graphics performance than the iPad Air (2019). The new iPad comes in five colors — sky blue, green, silver, space gray, and rose gold — and it starts at $599. Apple says it will be available next month.
Apple announced a new eighth-generation iPad that has the same design as its predecessor, with the big top and bottom bezels and a Touch ID button on the front. big upgrade over the A10 that was powering the older iPad. The A12 Bionic was first seen on the iPhone X series. The iPad 8th Gen also supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover and Apple Pencil.