Apple’s September 2020 event wasn’t exactly full of surprises – as numerous leaks and rumors were circulating in the previous week (many of which turned out to be true). Still, this doesn’t mean that the Cupertino-based company didn’t prepare a whole slate of interesting hardware and software products.
During today’s event, we’ve seen new Apple Watch models, new iPads, as well as new types of subscription bundles for Apple services. With that said, if you’ve been looking for the full recap of Apple’s September 2020 event, you’ve come to the right place! Therefore, let’s jump right in, shall we?
Apple Watch Series 6 & Apple Watch SE
Apple’s flagship smartwatch has now received its latest iteration – called Apple Watch Series 6. As you can expect, the latest Apple Watch packs all of the features already used by millions worldwide, in addition to a couple of new health-related tools.
More precisely, the Apple Watch Series 6 detects VO2 levels, designed to measure the oxygen levels in your blood. This feature comes fully automated – but can be used on-demand as well. Also, there’s an always-on altimeter, keeping track of your altitude in real-time (by using a new watch-face).
When it comes to its design, the Apple Watch Series 6 didn’t change things too much. Still, there are new bands that can further add some personality to your smartwatch, as well as some much-needed color.
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In other words, it comes with all the motion sensors and health-tracking features you’d expect. However, to cut costs, Apple has decided to implement its S5 chip instead of the latest one. Still, the Apple Watch SE is a major step forward when compared to its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 3.
iPad Air (4th-Generation) & iPad (8th-Generation)
Apple has also refreshed its lineup of tablets, starting with a new 8th-generation iPad. The company has managed to refresh the tablet’s internals, improving its performance while also managing to keep its price affordable, starting at $329.
It’s worth noting that plenty remained the same for Apple’s iPad. For example, you can still count on 10 hours of battery life and there’s a gorgeous 10.2-inch Retina display. However, the 8th-gen iPad now comes with the A12 chip built-in, pushing its boundaries even further.
And then, there’s a new iPad Air. There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the iPad Air, which is now closer to the iPad Pro lineup than ever before. For example, it comes with USB-C connectivity, and it now features a high-end camera. Not to mention, the iPad Air 4 comes with small bezels that surround a 10.9-inch display.
Among other announcements, we’ve heard that the iPad Air will come with Apple’s ultra-powerful A14 Bionic chip. This is the company’s first 5nm chip, coming with six cores. This translates to massive gains in terms of performance and graphical power.
The iPad Pro 4 will be available in five colors (silver, space gray, rose gold, green, and sky blue) and comes out next month with a starting price of $599.
Apple Fitness+ & Apple One
Among other news, Apple is soon launching a new subscription service, called Apple Fitness+. As its name says, this is a fitness-oriented service, harnessing the power of your Apple Watch, primarily. However, you’ll find it available inside the new Fitness app on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
Apple’s Fitness+ comes priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. We don’t have a release date just yet, but Apple has promised to launch the service by the end of the year.
Speaking of monthly costs, the Cupertino-based company is now offering you a way to save on their subscription services. Called Apple One, you can now pick from three subscription tiers, each bringing a different group of Apple services and goodies.
The most affordable Apple One plan includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud (50GB), priced at $14.95/month. Then, there’s a $19.95/month plan, and the most expensive one is called ‘Premier,’ priced at $29.95/month.
iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 & tvOS 14 – Available Starting September 16th!
And finally, we’ve also learned that the next major version of Apple’s operating systems is coming out on Wednesday, September 16th. This includes iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So, make sure to visit the Settings app on your device to check for new updates.