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The Apple company event 2020 is over and we saw some exciting products revealed today, including the Apple Watch 6, the updated iPad Air and the updated iPad 8th generation.
“But where is the iPhone 12?” we hear you ask. Well, after months of speculation and rumours, it seems that the iPhone 12 will be deviating from its traditional September release date. It’s not clear exactly why this is, but it’s likely to have something to do with the rumours of production delays that we’ve been hearing about for quite some time.
We were expecting to see the appearance of Apple AirTags, which have been rumored for quite a while. This would be Apple’s answer to Tile, which is already a lifesaver for photographers looking to keep their kit safe. However, a native Apple company version of Tile might prove even more popular for those who like to maintain their technology in the same system.
Unfortunately, it seems that, once again, Apple has decided to make us wait for AirTags. Nevertheless, perhaps we’ll see them appear when the iPhone 12 is finally announced?
Apple Watch 6
Two new Apple Watch models debuted on Tuesday. (The announcement of new Watch hardware was a given, considering Apple titled the event “Time Flies.”) Watch Series 6 is the premium model, priced at $399, which features a new sensor that can take a reading of blood oxygen levels in 15 seconds. There’s also a lower-priced model called Watch SE that sells for $279, minus the new bloodstream oxygen sensor. Both are available on Friday. Watch Series 3 is still on sale for the lower price of $199.
Other fresh features include a way to sync with your kids’ Apple Watches-even if they don’t have their own phone-so you can track their location and moderate the content they’re consuming. In addition to the new models, there are new bands. Fans of a classless design can snap a Solo Loop into their Watch. These are stretchable loops, available in either solid or braided material, with no buckle. The band comes in different sizes, so you can find the best fit for your own wrist.
iPad (2020) – 8th generation
The updated iPad 8th generation will include the A12 Bionic chip, which delivers a powerful CPU performance – 40% faster CPU in fact! It also delivers a 2x jump in graphics, which is great for photographers working with high res content. Apple boasts that the 8th gen iPad will be 2x faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, 3x faster than the top-selling Android tablet and 6x faster compared to the state of the art Chromebook.
Interestingly, Neural Engine for machine learning is coming to iPad 8th generation. This is capable of 8 trillion operations per second. The iPad 8th gen will work with full size keyboards and the Apple company Pencil. iPadOS 14 will also bring new capabilities to iPad and Apple Pencil, even being able to understand what you’re writing. Shape recognition will help you draw perfect circles. Plus, you can even copy handwritten notes and paste them as text in other apps.
The iPad 8th generation will feature a 10.2″ retina display and will start at $329 / AU$499 for general consumers and $299 / AU$469 for education. It’s available for pre-order today and can be picked up on Friday 18 September.
The new iPad Air will feature a completely updated design, featuring an all-screen display. It will come in 5 colors, including Green, Sky Blue and Rose Gold. It’ll have a Liquid Retina display that will measure 2360 x 1640, which is 3.8M pixels. The screen will also feature full lamination, True Tone technology and antireflective coating. As previously rumored, the Touch ID will now be on the Power button and there will be no home button anymore.
The iPad Air will include a brand new A14 Bionic chip that features 5 nanometer technology. There is 11.8 billion transistors in this 5 nanometer chip, which means that there is increased performance in every aspect of the chip. Apparently you will see a 40% faster increase over the previous iPad Air and a 30% increase in the graphics performance. The brand new iPad Air flow will have a 2x quicker graphics performance than best-selling laptop.
Interestingly for photographers, Apple’s Neural Engine will enable ‘ML Super Resolution’. This is a feature that will define edges to effectively increase the resolution of a photo (although it’ll be interesting to see how this will work in real life – it also seems that this will be through the third-party app Pixelmator).
The front-facing camera on the iPad Air could have a 7MP sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. It’ll feature Smart HDR and will support video capture at 1080p 60fps. Meanwhile, the back of the iPad will have a 12MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture. It’ll be capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps – plus you will have 240 fps slow motion video and improved movie stabilization as well.
The iPad Air will start at $599 / AU$899 and will be available beginning from next month.
iOS 14 / iPadOS / Watch OS 7
And finally, iOS 14 will be released tomorrow, featuring App Library and App Clips. iPadOS will also be released, with new capabilities for iPad and Apple Pencil. We’ll also see the release of Watch OS 7, which will allow users to discover and share watch faces. It will also have automatic hand washing detection, new exercise metrics and more. All of the products announced today will ship with these new OS updates.