Apple just finished its “Time Flies” event, its first fall event this year, and although we’re still waiting on new iPhones, the company took the wraps off new Apple Watches and iPads. And like this year’s WWDC, we got all of the news through a video streamed online; there was no in-person event to accompany the arrival of new products.
Our live blog, with commentary by Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn, has the whole play-by-play of the event. But if you just want to learn about the biggest announcements from the show, read on.
THE NEW APPLE WATCH SERIES 6 HAS BLOOD OXYGEN MONITORING
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, and it has a new health sensor on board: you can measure your blood oxygen saturation with the new Watch. The Series 6 is also powered by a new S6 chip, which Apple says is a dual-core processor based on the A13 Bionic in the iPhone 11.
Apple says the Apple Watch Series 6’s screen can get 2.5 times brighter outdoors and also has an always-on altimeter. The Series 6 comes in a number of new colors, including a blue aluminum case, a gold stainless steel, a gray stainless steel called graphite, and for the first time, there’s an Apple Watch Product Red model. There is a number of new watchfaces, including a watchface that shows a Memoji.
Apple also announced a new type of wrist band called the Solo Loop. It’s a stretchable silicone loop with no clasp. It’s available in multiple sizes and comes in seven different colors. There’s also a braided Solo Loop available in five colors.
The Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399 for the GPS version. You can preorder it today, and it will be available on Friday.
THE APPLE WATCH SE IS A NEW LOWER-COST WATCH
Apple also debuted a lower-priced Apple Watch called the Apple Watch SE. It has many of the same features as the Series 6, including a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, an always-on altimeter, and fall detection, but it’s powered by the S5 chip used in last year’s Series 5 model. Notably absent is an always-on display, which the Series 5 had.
The Apple Watch SE starts at $279, and you can preorder it today ahead of availability on Friday. But there’s a still-yet lower-priced version of Apple Watch: Apple will continue to sell the Series 3, which starts at $199.
NEW APPLE WATCHES WON’T HAVE A USB POWER ADAPTER IN THE BOX
Apple said it’s removing the USB power adapter from Apple Watch boxes to help reduce its environmental impact. Apple has been heavily rumored to be removing the charger from the boxes of upcoming iPhones, but the company officially made the move with the Apple Watch today.
FAMILY SETUP LETS YOU MANAGE MULTIPLE APPLE WATCHES FROM ONE IPHONE
Apple announced a new Family Setup feature that lets you manage multiple Apple Watches from a single iPhone. However, the feature requires that the Apple Watches have a cellular connection, and it will only work with Series 4 devices or newer. From one iPhone, you can manage which contacts connected Apple Watches can communicate with, as well as have automatic location notifications sent to you….Read More>>