Apple launches Watch Series 6, Watch SE, new iPads and more at its ‘Time Flies’ event
Apple has finally unveiled a bunch of new products at its first ever launch event of the year. No, there were no iPhones this time but what we saw was new iPads and Apple Watch devices.
The firm has introduced its new iPad Air and the 8th-generation of its entry-level iPad with a new design and bumped-up specifications. These come in addition to Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE models.
On the services side of things we saw the launch of Apple One bundle subscription and Apple Fitness+.
New Apple iPad Air
Starting at $599, the new iPad Air boasts of a 7-megapixel FaceTime camera and a 12-megapixel camera, same as what's there in iPad Pro.
It is powered by company's A14 Bionic processor based on 5nm tech and also has a next-gen TouchID that is integrated on the power button at the top.
Sporting a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, the tablet comes in new colour variants.
8th-generation Apple iPad
The 8th-generation of iPad starts at $329 and will be available in the US starting this week. Besides supporting Apple Pencil, the tablet comes powered by A12 Bionic chipset.
Coming in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, the tablet still has the touchID button below the screen and comes in 32GB or 128GB storage variants.
There's a 10.2-inch display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera and stereo speakers.
Apple also introduced the Apple One subscription service that bundles iCloud, Apple Music, TV+, Arcade, News+ and Fitness+ for individual and family members. In addition, the firm introduced the Fitness+ service that costs $9.99 and $79.99 for monthly and annual subscription. Fitness+ brings automatic timers for tough intervals, shows alerts in real time and real-time ring animations.
You also get new workout classes added every week along with catalog of videos on iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV.
Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 6
Watch SE starts at $279 while the Watch Series 6 starts at $399.
The Watch SE features S5 chipset and borrows some features from Watch Series 6 including Fall Detection. it has a large screen like the Series 6 and has a water resistant body as well. Besides sporting the basic health features it is compatible with different straps as well. This also includes the ‘Solo’ loop, which has no hooks, no buckle and is just a stretchable, plain looking band.
Furthermore, Apple Watch gets ‘Family Setup’ feature. This includes Do not disturb mode, requires cellular models and lets parents keep a check on kids easily.
Apple Watch Series 6
The new watch's screen is now 2.5 times brighter outdoors and includes better Always-On feature. Powered by S6 chipset, which is based on A13 Bionic that is used in iPhones, the Series 6 finally brings Blood Oxygen monitoring feature.
What's special is that time time you get the product in two new finishes - Blue case and Product RED. This comes in addition to Space Black Titanium, new Gold Stainless Steel and Silver Aluminium.
Apple Watch Series 3 is priced at $199 for base model.