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Apple held its September event earlier today, and it was a big one. Between new Apple Watch models and new iPad models, there’s plenty to go over.
Let’s break everything down and see what Apple announced during its September event.
Apple Watch Series 6
It’s weird to talk about fitness-focused smartwatches during a time when we’re all stuck at home, but here we are with the Apple Watch Series 6.
Announced as the successor to last year’s Series 5, the Series 6 features a new sensor to measure your blood oxygen level. The sensor gives you readings on command and in the background, with the new Blood Oxygen app providing a break down of your blood oxygen level.
Under the hood is the new S6 processor, which supposedly runs 20 percent faster than the Series 5’s S5 processor. The newer processor also allows for a brighter always-on display for the Series 6.
Lastly, the Series 6 comes in several new colors. The smartwatch will be available in blue aluminum, gold stainless steel, graphite, and Product Red.
The Apple Watch Series 6 will start at $399 for the aluminum model and $499 for the GPS + Cellular aluminum model. The stainless steel version will start at $699. The watch will launch this Friday.
Apple Watch SE
For those who find the Apple Watch Series 6 too rich for their blood, there’s the newly-announced Apple Watch SE.
Using the same display as the Series 6, the SE features the Series 5’s S5 processor. This makes the SE twice as fast as the Series 3 it’s replacing.
The Apple Watch SE will start at $279, with a launch scheduled for this Friday.
Primarily aimed at Apple Watch owners, Fitness+ is Apple’s newest subscription service.
The service uses workouts and Apple Music to help you stay in shape. You can use the Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad to follow along with the video workout, while the Apple Watch measures your metrics like heart rate and estimated number of burned calories.
Workout types include yoga, cycling, dance, treadmill running, strength, core, HIIT, rowing, and mindfulness. New workouts will be available each week, and the service doesn’t require the use of workout equipment.
Fitness+ costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Buying an Apple Watch will net you three free months of Fitness+. It will initially be available in five countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
Apple announced another subscription, though this one hopes to keep things more organized.
Called Apple One, the idea is to offer most or all of Apple’s services for one monthly or yearly payment. Apple will offer three different tiers: Individual, Family, and Premier.
Individual will include Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and iCloud for $14.95 per month. Family will include the same services for your family for $19.95 per month. Premier will include everything previously mentioned, along with Apple News+ and Fitness+, for $29.95 per month.
Keep in mind the Family and Premier tiers will offer access to up to six family members. Also, there doesn’t yet appear to be a yearly option.
Apple One will debut this fall and offer a 30-day trial.
As predicted in the rumors leading up to the event, Apple announced the eighth-generation iPad.
Simply called the iPad, the tablet features the A12 Bionic processor. Thanks to the processor, the iPad boasts a 40-percent boost in CPU performance and twice the graphics performance relative to its predecessor.
The rest of the iPad remains the same relative to its predecessor, but that’s not a bad thing. It still supports the first-generation Apple Pencil and first-generation Smart Keyboard.
The new iPad will start at $329 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 128GB model. You can pre-order the iPad today, with a release set for this Friday.
We now arrive at arguably the biggest announcement of the event: the iPad Air.
Starting with the exterior, the new iPad Air adopts the same industrial design of the iPad Pro. That means an aluminum finish with rounded corners and small bezels around the display.
Apart from the design, the big story is with the new A14 Bionic processor. Based on 5nm architecture, the processor boasts a 40-percent increase in CPU performance and a 30-percent increase in GPU performance relative to last year’s iPad Air.
Other features include support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, a USB-C port, four speakers, and support for the Magic Keyboard.
The new iPad Air will start at $599 for the 64GB model and $749 for the 256GB model. It will be available sometime in October.
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