Apple on Tuesday unveiled new iPad and Apple Watch models, along with a new fitness service and Apple One, which bundles the company’s core services together for a monthly price.
The context: Apple has launched new iPhones in September in the past, but production issues have turned the tide this year and the new smartphones are expected to be unveiled at a second event, likely next month.
Apple has updated its iPad lineup with new models, including:
- a new entry-level model with a 10.2-inch screen and an A12 Bionic processor. It starts at $ 329 ($ 299 for education customers) and will be available Friday.
- an updated iPad Air, available in five colors and featuring a 10.9-inch all-screen display, with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the top button. It also has a new A14 Bionic processor.
- Like the company’s Macs and its high-end iPad Pro, the iPad Air will now use a USB-C connection rather than the Lightning connector used by the entry-level iPhone and iPad.
- The new iPad Air will be available from next month.
- The Apple Watch Series 6 has a faster processor and new features, such as blood oxygen monitoring, as well as new color options including blue and (product) red versions.
- The company is launching a series of health studies to see if long-term monitoring of oxygen in the blood can help fight diseases such as asthma, as well as if changes in the level may indicate what whether it’s about the flu or the outbreak of COVID-19.
- It also includes an altimeter, to track changes in altitude, as well as new watch faces.
- Apple is also adding a feature called Family Setup that allows people to use their iPhones to set up an Apple Watch with a cell phone for their kids or older parents. (Until now, people needed their own iPhones to set up an Apple Watch.)
- Apple Watch SE uses some aspects of the Series 6 but is available in cellular and non-cellular models, but starts at $ 279. Apple will also continue to sell Apple Watch Series 3 for $ 199.
- One thing the new Apple Watch won’t come with is an AC adapter, with the company touting the environmental benefits of not including something most customers already have.
- The new models will be available to order today and start shipping on Friday.
- Apple showcased a new set of its key services including iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, Apple News +, and Apple Fitness +.
- The service, named Apple One, starts at $ 14.95 per month for Apple TV +, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. A family plan offers similar features for the entire household for $ 19.95 per month, while Apple One Premiere adds Apple Fitness + and Apple News + to other services and costs $ 29.95 per month.
- Apple also launched Apple Fitness +, a new digital workout service for $ 9.99 per month with real trainers focused on the Apple Watch. The service works with any brand of fitness equipment and supports ten types of workouts, including treadmills, rowing, cycling, yoga, strength training and more. The service will also be available for $ 79.99 per year, and three months are free with a new purchase of Apple Watch.
- Apple also announced the release on Wednesday of iOS 14 and updated software for iPad and Apple TV.