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Apple Release Update: New iPads, iWatch and more!

Not everything has to be about the iPhone 12… Here’s an update for the latest devices that Apple will be releasing / have released already along with what we should know about each of them.

My fellow Aussies, read on:

The New iPad (8th Generation)

Released now with a cheaper price tag than the previous year at $499 and under the hood, we can expect a faster and all-round better performance. Not straying far from the same design with a physical home button and same screen size, However, the standout feature in the new iPad is the A12 Bionic processor, versus the A10 in the seventh-generation iPad.

The New iPad Air

Regarded as the mid-tier iPad being one step above the iPad and one step below the iPad Pro, but sharing many similarities to its premium bigger brother. To help you get your head around this tablet, we’ve compiled the information for you to be easily digestible:

  • What is it? Apple's newest mid-range tablet
  • When is it out? Sometime in October
  • How much will it cost? Starting at AU$899
  • Design and Display?
    • flat edge, an all-screen display, a single rear camera and some subtle edge buttons
    • The screen uses Apples Liquid Retina display tech, which is a fancy form of LCD
    • A fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side
    • A USB-C Port making data sending and charging much quicker
  • Front and Back Camera? A 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera and 12MP f/1.8 rear camera, which should be good enough for video calls and other forms of communication
  • The iPad Air 4 works with the Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil– that makes it the first tablet outside the Apple Pro range to use this newer stylus. It attaches to the top of the tablet magnetically for storage and charging
The Apple Watch Series 6

On the outside you can expect not much of a difference from its predecessor, it seems as though all of the upgrades have been made internally. With the main key upgrade being the blood oxygen sensor, which can monitor how much oxygen is pumping through your blood cells and can give an indication of any potential medical issues.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • When is it out? It is officially on sale online and through retail now
  • How much will it cost? AU$599 for the 40mm version and starting at AU$649 for the 44mm version (those prices are for the GPS-only version, without cellular connectivity).
  • Design and Display?
    • A new S6 chipset inside allowing for a more powerful chipset, meaning better battery life and a blood oxygen monitor to allow you to see how much 02 is pumping through your system
    • An altimeter to track your elevation
    • The screen is now capable of becoming 2 and a half times brighter in strong sunlight
    • Sleep tracking as well as more watch faces, such as your very own memoji face right there on your wrist (not sure if this is cool or slightly frightening)
The Apple Watch SE

This is the cheaper Smart Watch option, but the value for money this new watch offers cannot be argued with. The Apple Watch SE boasts the same large display as the Series 6, as well as the same accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and altimeter as the high-end model. It’s also swim proof and will come with sleep-tracking, fall-detection, and a new feature called family setup, which allows for those without an iPhone to setup and use an Apple Watch.

It will obviously lack some more premium specs available on the Series 6 watch such as the latest chip and new health sensor, but with the significantly cheaper price tag starting at AU$429, I don’t think you can argue. It is officially on sale online and through retail now.

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