Apple’s Sept. 15 product event announced a slew of new gadgets and services, including a new Apple Watch and two new iPad models.
Apple on Tuesday announced a bunch of new hardware and some software. Here are the biggest announcements:
- Apple Watch Series 6
- The Apple Watch SE
- The new 8th-generation iPad
- The new iPad Air
- Fitness+ workout services
- Apple One service bundles
It also said that iOS 14, its new iPhone software, will launch on Wednesday with lots of new features such as widgets, a new way to organize your home screen, security enhancements and more.
Of note: Apple did not announce new iPhones. Those are expected at a future launch, perhaps next month.
Apple highlights health benefits of using Apple Watch
Apple is heavily emphasizing the health and fitness aspects of the Apple Watch, talking about the device saving lives. Cook presented a video where users talk about weight loss, heart health and being active — all with the help of the Apple Watch.
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, which will be able to monitor users’ blood oxygen levels. The app will let you take a measurement in 15 seconds. It will be available in blue and red options for the first time ever.
Apple COO Jeff Williams said that the latest version of the Apple Watch has a sensor that can measure the amount of oxygen in the user’s blood. According to Apple, blood oxygen saturation is a good measure of overall respiratory health. Apple will sponsor three studies to validate the feature and its benefits.
Apple said that the chip inside the Apple Watch Series 6, the S6, is 20% faster than its predecessor and is based on the processor in the iPhone 11. It also has a brighter display for better readability outside.
Apple announced a new, less expensive version of the Apple Watch called Apple Watch SE. It costs $279 or more. It comes in both cellular and Wi-Fi models. Apple also highlighted a new feature, Family Setup, which will allow kids and older adults to use Apple Watch without an iPhone.
Preorders start today. The Apple Watch SE will cost $279, and the new Apple Watch Series 6 will start at $399.
Apple won’t include chargers with its new watches, said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. The move is part of Apple’s push toward environmental sustainability. Consumers will need to buy one separately.
Apple releases Fitness+, a fitness service for Apple Watch
The service will connect Apple Watch users to trainers. Users can access a catalog of workout videos on iPhones, iPads or on an Apple TV, synced to an Apple Watch. New workout videos will be published weekly, and you’ll be able to see live stats from your Apple Watch on your iPad or iPhone while you work out.
Workouts include yoga, dance, treadmill, rowing and more. Many workouts require just a set of dumbbells or no equipment, Apple said.
Apple announces Apple One, its services bundle starting at $14.95 per month
Apple has announced its long-rumored services bundle, Apple One. It comes in three tiers with different services in each tier:
- Individual: Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and iCloud storage, at $14.95 a month.
- Family: The same services for up to five family members, at $19.95 a month.
- Premier: The same services plus Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+, announced today, for $29.95 a month.
Apple announced a new version of its most affordable iPad, now called the iPad 8th Generation. It has a faster A12 Bionic chip and an optional rugged case for schools. It still works with the Apple Pencil, too. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has sold 500 million iPads in the past 10 years. It’ll cost $329, the same price as usual, and $299 for schools. You can order it today, and it lands in stores on Friday.
Apple updates midrange iPad Air with edge-to-edge screen, fingerprint sensor, priced at $599
The new iPad Air will come in five different colors and will sport a new design with smaller bezels and a screen that stretches from edge to edge. Colors include rose gold, silver, space gray, green and blue. It costs $599 and up and will be in stores next month.
It will also include a “next generation” Touch ID fingerprint sensor inside the tablet’s power button. Apple says it will be equipped with an A14 processor that is 40% faster than its predecessor — one of the first times that Apple’s most powerful chip lands in an iPad before a new iPhone. It charges with a USB-C connector, not Apple’s proprietary Lightning charger. It is compatible with Apple’s 2nd-generation Pencil and Magic Keyboard stand.
Apple has seen boosted iPad sales amid the coronavirus pandemic as users look for computers for working and entertainment from home.
Apple announces iOS 14 iPhone update will be released on Wednesday
There weren’t any iPhones announced on Tuesday, but all of Apple’s new products require Apple’s newest software to run. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 14, the latest operating system for iPhones, will be released on Wednesday, ahead of an expected iPhone launch next month.