Apple Unveils New Watch, iPad Air, and Fitness Service

New Watch Can Measure Blood Oxygen Levels and Ensure 20 Seconds of Hand Washing

Apple's recent Infograph watch face on the Apple Watch

By Kurt Stolz on 15 September 2020
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At the company’s first virtual-only product launch, Apple introduced a new Apple Watch that is capable of measuring blood oxygen levels, a watch priced at a significantly lower price point than in the past, and a new iPad.

Unlike at past events in September where Apple would reveal its new line of iPhones, the iPhone 12 is expected to make its debut in mid-October due to pandemic-induced delays in production.

As a result, instead of Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiling the new iPhone, he had to make due with a new and faster Apple Watch, a new fitness service called Fitness+, a mid-tier Apple Watch with a price point of $279, substantially below the typical $399 price for the entry-level model, and a new and faster iPad Air.

The new Apple Watch 6 comes in a variety of new colors including Product Red, a new blue, and a new grey-black called graphite.  With the new WatchOS 7, the new watch includes a new sleep app that uses motion detectors to track sleep and it can automatically recognize hand-washing motions to ensure that, amidst the pandemic, the wearer washes his hands for 20 seconds.

The new Apple Fitness+ service includes yoga and dance and ten different types of studio workouts, which will cost $9.99 per month, although anyone purchasing a new Apple Watch will get three months for free. If you also subscribe to Apple Music, you can save the playlist and play it later.

Apple also introduced a new set of bundled services.  Dubbed Apple One, it bundles a variety of Apple services including iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and the new Apple Fitness+.  An individual plan is $14.95 per month and includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud, and Apple Arcade and a family plan with these features is $19.95 a month for five family members.  The Premier plan adds Apple Fitness+ and News+ and 2 TB of storage and costs $29.99, which includes sharing among five family members.

The Cupertino, California-based company also unveiled a new iPad and iPad Air. The new 8th generation iPad will support the company’s full-size Smart Keyboard as well as Apple Pencil.  The new iPad Air has an A14 Bionic CPU is 40% faster than in previous iPad Air.  A new top touch button will unlock the device. It can be used to log into apps and for Apple Pay. The new iPad Air comes in five colors including Sky Blue, Rose Gold, and Green.

Finally, the new eight-generation iPad with a powerful A12 Bionic chip that’s 40% faster than the A11 and features double the graphics power.  It also has support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

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