Apple ‘Time Flies’ Event for 2020 has wrapped and, as expected, it brought a lot of exciting announcements. As most of us expected, the iPhone 12 did not happen but the tech giant announced a much more interesting line-up with a new iPad Air, 8th gen iPad, Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, Apple One, iOS 14 at the virtual event.
If you weren’t able to watch Apple Event 2020 live or want a quick summary of Apple Event 2020, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. From the new Apple watches to Apple One, here’s everything you wanted to know about the Apple ‘Time Flies’ Event 2020.
Apple Watch Series 6 and SE:
The first product announced in the Apple ‘Time Flies’ Event 2020 is the brand-new Apple Watch Series 6. It brings advanced features including SpO2 tracking, always-on screen, hand-washing detection, and Family setup feature along with other features from its previous edition like the FDA-cleared ECG app. The biggest upgrade to the Series 6 is the Blood Oxygen app that measures oxygen saturated in the blood or SpO2. It uses infrared sensors located at the back of the watch to measure the colour of your blood and determines the percentage of oxygen in your body. This is an important health feature because oxygen saturation has become a key metric to monitor during the COVID-19 pandemic as low blood oxygen levels are one of the symptoms of COVID-19. It also features real-time fitness evaluation and cardio fitness alerts with the help of Vo2 max reading that measures maximum oxygen consumption during exercise. Series 6 comes with Solo Loop, a new type of band that just slides on your wrist like a band. You also can customize the watch face with the Memoji option.
Along with the Series 6, Apple also announced Apple Watch SE, a less expensive yet powerful Apple Watch. It is a successor to the Apple Watch Series 3. It doesn’t have advanced features like SpO2 tracking and ECG functionality but it does come with all the necessary features that you would expect on a fitness tracker. It has a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, sleep tracking, fall detection, and hand-washing detection. This model is aimed to attract a new audience of smartwatch wearers including children with its Family Setup feature.
Apple Watch Series 6(https://www.apple.com/in/apple-watch-series-6/): Starting from INR 40,900
Apple watch SE (https://www.apple.com/in/apple-watch-se/): Starting from INR 29,900
Apple Watch Series 6: Yet to be announced
Apple watch SE: Yet to be announced
Apple iPad Air and 8th gen iPad:
The next big thing after Apple Watch Series 6 and SE in the Apple Event 2020 is Apple’s latest 8th gen iPad and iPad Air. The iPad Air gets a whole new look with an all-screen 10.9-inch liquid retina display and no home button on the front of the device. The top button now has the Touch ID to unlock the screen. The iPad Air will also switch over to a USB-C connection following the iPad Pro. The iPad Air also supports Second-generation Apple Pencil and Magic keyboard. It comes with iPadOS 14(https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-14/), the most advanced operating system for an iPad.
All these features come packed in Apple’s advanced A14 Bionic chip that has a 16-core Neural engine capable of performing 11 trillion operations per second. This powerful chip has a 40% faster CPU, 30% faster graphics, and 2x faster machine learning than the previous-generation iPad. It is available in 5 colors including green and sky blue. Apple also unveiled its new 8th gen entry-level iPad. It has a 10.2-inch screen and an A12 chipset. This will also run on iPadOS 14 but it’s still sticking with the Lightning port instead of the USB-C port.
Apple iPad Air (https://www.apple.com/in/ipad-air/): Starting from INR 54,900
8th gen Apple iPad(https://www.apple.com/in/ipad-10.2/): Starting from INR 29,900
Release date in India:
Apple iPad Air: Yet to be announced
8th gen Apple iPad: Yet to be announced
Apple One is a subscription service that bundles together Apple’s services like Apple Music, Apple Tv Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, iCloud, and the newly revealed Apple Fitness plus. This lets the customers pay one monthly price to get several services at once. One thing that has gained more attention here is Apple Fitness plus.
It is Apple’s new fitness streaming service that offers guided workouts built for the Apple Watch. There are 3 different Apple One plans- individual plan, Family Plan, and Premier plan. With the Family plan, you can share the services with 5 other family members.
Individual Plan: INR 195/month
Family Plan: INR 365/month
Premier Plan: Yet to be announced.
Release date in India: Yet to be announced
Apple announced its latest operating systems for iPhones, iOS 14 at the Apple Event 2020. According to Apple, the new iOS 14 brings a fresh look to the things that customers do most often in their iPhones, making them easier than ever. The widgets have been redesigned to give more information at a glance and you can also add a ‘Smart Stack’ of widgets based on apps you use the most.
The new App Library automatically organizes all your apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view. iOS 14 supports Picture-in-picture mode and Compact call design that doesn’t use the full screen while receiving a call. Also, this latest iOS 14 has improved security and claims to give you more control over the data you share.
Release date in India:
iOS 14 (https://www.apple.com/in/ios/ios-14/ ): September 16
One notable thing in the Apple Event 2020 is Apple’s environmental sustainability effort(https://www.apple.com/in/environment/). Apple claims that by 2030, all of their products would be carbon neutral. The latest iPad Air unveiled in the Apple Event 2020 features an enclosure made from 100% recycled aluminium. It also uses 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board and 100% recycled rare earth elements in the speakers. The braided Solo Loop for the Apple Watch Series 6 is also made from 100% recycled yarn. Even all of the wood fiber in the packaging is recycled or comes from responsibly managed forests.
The Apple event 2020 mainly focused on technologies and features that improve our lives in the new normal. Thus, from the advanced Apple Watch Series 6 to the new powerful iPad Air and iOS 14, the Apple ‘Time Flies’ Event introduced some of the biggest Apple technologies yet.