A Wrap up of the Apple Event
Everything that has been announced during the September 2020 Apple Keynote
At today’s keynote, Apple focused on two products: Apple Watch and iPad. Normally, during this time every year, we have Apple announcing the newest iPhone, but it is supposedly delayed until October 2020.
First, Apple Watch Series 6. As for design, it stays relatively the same with the same square face that we have had on all Apple Watches, but now coming in even more colours such as blue, red and others that we have had on previous models. One big new feature is that users can now measure blood oxygen levels with a quick 15-second test. Apple Watch always strives to be one of the best health tools since it can now measure blood oxygen, heart rate, and more. They have updated the processor to the Apple S6 which works the same at the chips in iPhone’s but optimized for Apple Watch. The Always-On display is now 2.5x as bright which is great for sunny days. Per usual, Apple has added more Watch Faces and new bands making it more customizable. Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399 for GPS and $499 for GPS + Cellular.
Previously, you would always need an iPhone to use and sync with an Apple Watch. Now, Apple has introduced the Family Setup. This is directed towards parents who want to give an Apple Watch to kids so that they can benefit from all the Apple Watch health and fun features, even if they do not have an iPhone. This will allow parents to give access to certain features to their kids along with tracking them as well to make sure they are safe. This is supported for Apple Watch’s Series 4 or later.
Apple also announced a budget Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE. It comes in silver, gold and black, combines the same design as the Apple Watch Series 5/6, but with many of the core features such as messaging, fitness tracking, etc. Essentially, it is the Apple Watch Series 5, but missing a few features, such as the ability to take an ECG test and the Always-On Display. It comes in both a cellular version and non-cellular starting at $279. However, Apple is still selling the Apple Watch Series 3 which is now starting at $199.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us are trying to stay fit while at home. Apple has now introduced Apple Fitness+, a new service that works with Apple Watch (yes, you need an Apple Watch). It provides many workout videos that can be played on your Apple Devices. While you are watching your workout, your stats, such as heart rate, calories burned, etc. are being shown in real-time during your workout. Apple Fitness + provides a variety of workouts to help cater the workout to the user and all of it is controlled within the Fitness app on your iPhone. It costs $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year. If you purchase a new Apple Watch, then you’ll get three months free. Apple Fitness+ is expected to come out later this year.
With another service being announced from Apple. they have now combined everything into one plan, Apple One. This provides a subscription package for Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade as well as 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 a month. To add, they’ve also included a family plan which includes all the previous services along with 200GB of iCloud storage and allows up to six family members for $19.95 a month. They’ve also announced a premier plan as well that includes the previous four subscription services along with adding Apple Fitness+, Apple News+ and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 a month.
In 2020, Apple has reached the 10 year birthday of the iPad and with this, they have announced updates to the iPad line. First, the iPad. iPad 8th generation follows the same design from the last one, but now includes the Apple A12 Bionic chip for more powerful performance and starts at the same price of $329
Next, iPad Air. It has been redesigned to look similar to the iPad Pro, but with multiple colours, such as green, blue, rose gold, black and silver. It now supports Apple Pencil Generation 2 and works the same as it does on the iPad Pro along with the new levitating Magic Keyboard. It has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display which is a bigger screen. However, it does not have Face ID, but they’ve built Touch ID into the home button at the top of the device. To add, they’ve released a new chip for the iPad Air, the A14 Bionic. A 6-Core CPU with an increase in GPU power. And finally, they have brought USB-C to the iPad Air. The rear camera is the same one that they have on the iPad Pro. They have also brought the same audio experience that is on the iPad Pro to the iPad Air. It starts at $599 for 64GB and $749 for 256GB.
Tomorrow (September 16th), Apple will be launching the new iOS 14, iPad OS, WatchOS 7 and tvOS 14.
That wrapped up the quick, one-hour Apple Event bringing updates to Apple Watch, iPad and the subscription services that Apple provides. While it was disappointing not to see the new iPhone along with updates to Apple Silicon, I look forward to finding out about them at the next event that is rumoured to be held in October.