Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

 thehindu.com  09/15/2020 17:54:28  2

Apple has had a busy year having released the iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, iPhone SE and revamped MacBook Air. With the coronavirus pandemic underway, there have been doubts that an Apple Special Event would take place, but the event was confirmed on September 11.

The Cupertino-based company launched Fitness+, an in-house fitness service with 10 workout routines, Apple Watch Series 6 with a red sensor along with Blood Oxygen (SPO2) measurement systems, an iPad Air with A14 Bionic and 5 nanometre chip  a first for a consumer product.

Here are the live updates

Tim Cook concludes event with no iPhones announced

With no iPhones announced at Time Flies, Tim Cook closes off the event, mentioning all new devices will ship with the new operating systems. India-specific updates will be coming soon.

Redesigned iPad Air comes with USB-C for faster data transfer

The new iPad Air sports a redesigned metal chassis and new colours including rose gold. Theres a 10.9 inch Liquid Retina Display at 2360x1640 pixels. iPad Air comes with the A14 Bionic chipset, the first 5 nanometre chip on a consumer device. It comes with USB-C for faster data transfer, and new rear and front cameras. Prices start at US$599, available next month.

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

New iPad 8th Generation announced

Another addition to the iPad family: iPad 8th Generation with the A12 Bionic Chip with iPad OS 14, 10.2 inch Retina Display. This iPad, available September 18 (India launch date to be confirmed) is geared towards the budget-conscious creative professional who wants to edit images, create graphic designs, and create videos. Its pricing starts at US$329.

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple One, a subscription-based suite, announced

Apple One, a subscription-based suite of in-house apps, has been announced. One can access all the subscriptions across Apple (Music, Fitness+, Arcade,etc) for a single fixed price. India prices to be confirmed.

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple Watch announces Fitness+

Apple Watch announces Fitness+ an in-house fitness service with 10 workout routines  yoga, strength, rowing, mindful cool-downs, among others  from expert trainers from around the world. The module is touted to be Apples direct competition to third-party apps like Nike Training, Asana Rebel, and more.

This suite of workouts can be found in the Activity app in your Watch-connected iPhone. It also connects to Apple Music to stream mood-appropriate music to keep workout moods elevated.

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple Watch Series 6 will retail from US$399 for GPS with higher prices expected for the Cellular model

Availability starts September 18 with India dates to be confirmed by Apple India, for both Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple Watch SE, the brands affordable Watch, will retail at US$279

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple announces new design for Watch bands

Apple announces a new design ethos for their Watch bands: single loop, braided bands, revised leather straps and more.

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple Watch Series 6 will come in PRODUCT RED, a first for Apple Watch

Unlike the green sensor in previous Apple Watches, Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a red sensor along with Blood Oxygen (SPO2) measurement systems

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

Apple COO talks about update in Apple Watch

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams talks about a big leap forward for Apple Watch in the form of WatchOS 7 which comes with Sleep Tracking, Bedtime features and Handwashing Timer

Apple Time Flies Special Event 2020 Updates: Watch Series 6, new iPads announced

First 5G phone expected to be revealed

Apple is expected to reveal a new 5G model along with other handsets.Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said in a note to investors that a check of Apple's supply chain in Asian strengthened his confidence in an iPhone 12 supercycle kicked off by the release of several new models in October.Ives saw the China market as a "key ingredient in Apple's recipe for success," expecting it to account for about 20 percent of iPhone upgrades in the coming year.- AFP

Apple updates App store rules, clarifies stance on game streaming services and in-app purchases

Apple on Friday revised its App Store guidelines to clarify the issues that the company has been facing over the governance of its digital store for iPhone devices. It alsoupdatedhow it will approach game-streaming services and rules for online classes, and detailed its stance on in-app purchases from different app categories.The update comes amid Apples battle with Epic Games over the use of in-app purchases.

Apple expected to unveil updates to Watches, iPads

Analysts expect Apple to show updated Apple Watches, iPads and other devices while reserving an iPhone launch for next month.The companyteased at new watches with a Time Flies caption for itslaunchevent invite sent last week, and analysts expect a new flagship Apple Watch Series 6. - Reuters

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