So, last Tuesday, Apple had their September Special Event – which usually is a 2-hour long keynote, with Apple announcing new iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and more! But this year, the event was only an hour-long, and Apple only announced 4 new physical products; the 8th Generation iPad, 4th generation iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6, and the new Apple Watch SE. Let’s break it down.
8th Generation iPad
So, first of all, the 8th Generation iPad. We’ve all seen this one before – the first generation was announced in 2010! This year, we received a minor update, but this single upgrade future proofs your purchase. This iPad now comes with the A12 Bionic chip and the Neural Engine – which is perfect for AI, machine learning, and faster image processing. But, it still rocks the same display, camera and design. So unless you really want to future proof your purchase, there’s really no need to upgrade from a 7th or 6th generation iPad.
4th Generation iPad Air
Ok, so next Apple announced the all new iPad Air 4. This was probably the largest announcement at the event. It has a completely redesigned body, all new A14 Bionic chip, and Touch ID in the power button.
The body now has no home button, a 10.9 inch display, an all-screen design and squared off edges, like the iPad Pro.
It also has (wait for it) USB-C! USB-C has now allowed so many accessories to work with the iPad Air. You can now use USB-C external drives, USB-C monitors, and more! There’s also a 12MP rear camera, identical to the iPad Pro, and is capable of 4K video recording.
Apple has also made the iPad Air in a whole range of new colours, including green and light blue! These colours look absolutely phenomenal, and if I was buying one I’d absolutely buy the light blue version.
They’ve also got the brand new A14 Bionic chip debuting in this brand new iPad Air. It’s packed with 11.8 billion transistors, a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, with a 30% improvement in graphics compared to the A13 Bionic. It also has an all-new 16-core Neural Engine that’s twice as fast, can perform 11 trillion operations per second, and takes machine learning apps to the next level.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 was predicted for this event, and was almost confirmed when Tim Cook said at the beginning of the event that the event was about iPads and the Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch Series 6 hasn’t changed much on the outside, but the inside is what counts.
The Apple Watch Series 6 has a new blood oxygen sensor. It can measure the blood’s oxygen saturation and can give the user advice on what to do with their result. On the back of the Series 6 are a set of new LEDs, including green, red and infrared LEDs. The lights are used to measure the light reflected back from the blood and is used to calculate the saturation.
The Series 6 also has a new chip. It employs the S6 chip, a new chip based on the A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11. It runs up to 20% faster too, so your apps will launch even faster than before. The new watch also includes Apple’s U1 Chip, a special Ultra Wideband Chip, which is used for extremely precise location data, and spacial awareness in the watch. This means that you will be able to unlock your car using CarKey even faster, and without any effort at all. In addition, the Series 6 can go from 0%-100% in 90 minutes, and the always-on display is 2.5 times brighter this year, without any compromise on battery life.
If there weren’t already enough sensors, the Series 6 has an always-on altimeter that can give the altitude to the feet, but this won’t work on aeroplanes, since the altimeter used is a barometric altimeter, meaning it responds to minor changes in pressure.
Apple Watch SE
Some people expected it, but most didn’t! The new Apple Watch SE has a Retina display, with the same thin bezels and corners as the Series 4 and 5, making the screen 30% larger than the Series 3. The SE has the S5 chip, doubling the speed of the Series 3! It has the same always altimeter as in the new Series 6 and also has a built-in compass.
However, it doesn’t come with all the fancy sensors like in the Series 5 and 6. What it does come with, is an appealing price. It starts at $279 or £269, which is more expensive than the Series 3, but it has a larger screen, a choice of cellular, Family Setup, and is likely to be supported for longer.
Accessories and Customisation
Finally, customisation. This year, there are 4 new colours in the Apple Watch lineup, and many new watch bands too. There’s an amazing new blue colour, and for the first time ever, a (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch. It may not be the nicest colour for a watch, but it looks amazing in aluminium. Gold has been changed to look like a classic yellow gold, and graphite is a new stainless steel model. There’s also a whole load of new bands. There’s the new Solo Loop, which is exactly as it says in the name. It’s a single silicone loop that is super stretchy and can be bought in a variety of sizes to ensure the perfect fit. If you’re really into your bands, you can get the Braided Solo Loop, which again is exactly as it says in the name; a braided loop that’s super stretchy.
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