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Apple unveils some exciting new tech
Apple has just wrapped up its 15 September launch event titled ‘Time Flies’. It was quite different this year - pre-recorded rather than in front of a live audience - but apart from that, it was business as usual with loads of amazing new tech being revealed.
During the event, we heard that a new Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and iPad Air 4 (2020) have landed. Here’s what we learned about each one.
Apple Watch 6
Apple Watch 6 was the star of the show, and it’s going to be packing a powerful health feature. The new Blood Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) sensor uses red and infra-red light to work out the colour of your blood, and gives you results in just 15 seconds. Normal blood oxygen is between 95 and 100 percent, and when levels drop below that, it can mean medical attention is needed.
There’s also a heart monitor built into the Digital Crown, which together with the ECG app to read your heart’s electrical signals. Just touch the Digital Crown, and you’ll generate an ECG waveform in 30 seconds. The ECG app will then let you know if your heart rhythm’s just fine, or if there are any irregularities.
The new S6 chipset running the show inside has an energy efficient design, and the face will be 2.5x brighter when you’re outdoors. Apple Watch 6 is going be kinder to the environment too, with 100% recycled aluminium used in the case, and 100% recycled rare earth elements used under the hood.
If you’re into fitness, you’re going to get a lot out of the new Fitness + health platform. It can deliver workouts straight onto your wrist, with professional health trainers guiding you through activities including yoga, rowing and strength training.
Apple Watch 6 is the most advanced Apple Watch ever, and also “the most colourful line-up ever”, with a new aluminium blue and (PRODUCT) RED version being added to the usual colour options.
Apple Watch SE
We also heard details of a new ‘light on price’ Apple Watch model called Apple Watch SE. It has the same S5 chip as the Apple Watch 5, a large Retina display, and safety features like fall detection and Emergency SOS. Plus, it’s twice as fast as the older Apple Watch 3 – so it’s no slouch! There’s also going to be a new strap called the ‘Solo Loop’, which will come in a range of sizes and simply slips over your wrist.
iPad Air 4 (2020)
Apple’s new iPad Air certainly looks the part. The all-display design is more or less bezel-free, making it look a lot like the premium iPad Pro. The new design is thanks to Touch ID now being built into the power button at the side, instead of a home button at the bottom of the display.
The screen is a 10.9-inch liquid retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution, so everything you do is going to look amazing. And with an A14 Bionic Chip inside, Apple says it’s a whopping 40% faster than the previous iPad Air.
What else? Well, the new iPad will use have a USB-C port, 12MP rear camera, stereo speaker, 10-hour battery life, and you’ve got the option of using Apple’s awesome Magic Keyboard with it. We really can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Apple usually launches a new flagship iPhone during its September event, but that didn’t happen this year. Apple CFO Luca Maestri has said that “the new iPhone models will be launched a few weeks later than usual.” As soon as we hear any new iPhone news, we’ll let you know.
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