Apple “Time Flies” Event 2020: Everything New from Apple!

Staff Writer / 16-09-2020 / News

Apple held its “Time Flies” Keynote in September and although the iPhone 12 was not announced, the company did reveal a host of new devices and subscription services, including two new Apple Watch models, two new iPad models, a new Fitness+ subscription service, iOS14 and the all-inclusive Apple One subscription bundles.

Let’s dive deeper into each offering:

iOS 14

First up, the update every Apple fan has been waiting for is now available. Apple’s iOS 14 featuring a host of new features and security upgrades is now available on all Apple devices from the ever-popular iPhone 6s and above.

Apple Watch 6

Apple officially revealed the Apple Watch Series 6, which Apple claims can measure your blood oxygen levels in about 15 seconds. It also includes a new power-efficient S6 chip that can charge 20% faster than the previous generation chip. You also get a display that’s 2.5 times brighter and a new range of colour options to suit your style and taste.

Apple Watch SE

Following on from the trend started with iPhone SE , we now get an Apple Watch SE, which includes a lot of the same features from the Watch Series 6 such as heart rate and fitness tracking. It is powered by the S5 chip and comes with the bigger, brighter display from the Series 6 model at a much lower price point.

iPad Air 2020

The new 2020 iPad Air now sports a similar design to the iPad Pro, along with the bigger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS display with 2,360 by 1,640 resolution, a 12 MP camera, stereo sound speakers and Apple’s latest A14 chip. It features a new fingerprint sensor housed in the power button at the top of the device, as well as support for the Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard. The iPad Air will be available in a range of 5 colours.

iPad 2020

The entry-level Apple iPad remains pretty much unchanged from previous models, sporting the same thick bezels and bulkier frame, along with the 8th generation A12 Bionic chip that Apple first debuted in the iPhone XS all the way back in 2018. Still, at a price point of just $329, it’s the best tablet you can get for your hard-earned cash. At this point, they should just call it the iPad SE!

Fitness+ Subscription

Apple seems to be setting its sights on health and fitness with the new Fitness+ subscription, which focuses on workouts that you can follow right on your Apple device. Apple states that upon release the service will offer you 10 workouts such as yoga, strength training and cycling, with the ability to track your progress and measure your vitals with the Apple Watch. You’ll also be able to get customised workouts and recommendations over time, along with workout tutorials for beginners.

Apple One

It’s no secret that Apple is staking its future on subscriptions services, and Apple One is their move to bring all their current services under one offer for a slightly discounted, single monthly fee. The individual plan offers Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+ and 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 per month. The “Family” plan allows up to 6 users to access Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+ and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 per month. With the “Premier” plan, Apple is throwing in Apple News+, Fitness+ and 2TB of iCloud storage on top of everything else for $29.95 per month.

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