Apple unveils new Apple Watch, iPad products, subscription plan

Ruben Fields
September 16, 2020

Apple reported late July its financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter with quarterly revenue of 59.7 billion US dollars, an increase of 11 percent from the year-ago quarter while the net sales in the Great China region increased to 9.329 billion dollars.

According to the quarterly financial report, the company's services revenue reached 13.156 billion dollars, up by 14.8 percent year on year. Someone sporting an Apple Watch interrupts by pointing out that the Apple Watch already does that. While the Series 3 is still hanging around, Apple has now introduced a new "mid-range" option with the Watch SE.

Gurman also believes a new lower-end Apple Watch, the "Apple Watch SE" will debut today, which will be available in the same 40mm and 44mm sizes, resembling the Series 5 model in both design and internal specifications.

This feature allows for the detection of small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to the measurement of 1 foot, and can be shown as a new watch face complication or workout metric.

Apple Watch SE features the same accelerometer, gyroscope and always-on altimeter as Apple Watch Series 6, and with the latest motion sensors and microphone. And it supports accessories including the Apple Pencil and Apple Magic Keyboard.

"For the first time on iPad, A12 Bionic introduces the Neural Engine for next-level machine learning capabilities, including people occlusion and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps, enhanced photo editing, Siri performance, and more", Apple said.

Close-up of blue aluminum case for Apple Watch Series 6

Compared to subscribing to each service individually, the Individual plan will save users $6 per month, while the Family and Premier plans will save subscribers $8 and $25 per month, respectively.

The new iPad goes on sale this Friday.

The 4th-gen Apple iPad Air will be available for purchase in October for $599 and up.

Without those bezels, Apple has now placed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the top of the Air, as part of the power button, which should make unlocking the screen just as easy as before.

That makes it 40 percent faster than before and there's also a 30 percent boost to graphics performance. Its design, almost identical to the previous iPad Pro, ditches both the curved edges and Lightning port in favor of the much-desired USB-C port, along with support for the newest version of the Apple Pencil, as well as a smart connector on the back that works with the trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard originally made for the iPad Pro.

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