Apple announces its latest updates to the Apple Watch and iPad line today, bringing an array of performance upgrades, lower-priced options, and a range of new colors. First up is the Apple Watch Series 6, which receives a number of new colorways such as blue aluminum, red aluminum, an updated yellow gold, and, graphite grey steel. Inside the watch is a new S6 chip, a Blood Oxygen sensor, an improved always-on display that is 2.5x brighter when idle, an always-on altimeter, and new Solo Loop band styles in silicone and braided yarn. Pricing will start at $399 for the GPS model and they've also introduced a lower-priced $279 SE model that has all the features of the Series 5.
The second big hardware update was an all-new iPad Air that takes on the styling of the iPad Pro with an all-new screen design with a larger 10.9" display, five new case finishes, a new 12MP rear camera, and a next-gen Touch ID sensor. The tablet also marks the debut of the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, the A14 Bionic, bringing Pro-level performance to a lower price point. It also receives a USB-C port, Wi-Fi 6, and stereo speakers in landscape mode. Apple also introduces the eighth-generation iPad with an A12 Bionic processor and Neural Engine and the same entry-level price point of $329.
One unexpected announcement was the introduction of its latest service, Fitness+, which brings a full-on fitness experience that works with the Apple Watch. Priced at $9.99 a month (3 months free with a new Apple Watch purchase), Fitness+ offers a collection of Studio Workouts that you can view on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, and all your fitness tracking data is relayed to the video in real-time. These workouts include a variety of types that include Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, and more.