Normally, at its fall event, Apple announces the latest crop of iPhones, along with its latest line-up of Watches, iPads, and so on. However, this year, at its 'Time Flies' virtual event, Apple only announced Watch Series 6, Watch SE, iPad Air, and updated iPad 8th gen.
The main talking point of the Series 6 is the addition of a new health sensor that can measure your blood oxygen levels. It does so by flashing red and infrared light on your wrist and using the colour of your blood to calculate blood oxygen level. Moreover, the Series 6 comes powered by a new S6 processor, which, as per Apple, is 20% faster than the S5 processor inside the Apple Watch Series 5. It also gets an enhanced version of the Always-On display.
As is a norm with every generational upgrade, the Series 6 also gets a bunch of new watch faces, new watch bands, and new colours. Apple has also announced a new Solo loop and a new Solo Braided loop, both of which can easily be slipped onto your wrist. The Apple Watch Series 6 is priced at ₹40,900 for the 40mm GPS version and ₹49,900 for the 40mm GPS+Cellular version.
For the first time, Apple has also launched an affordable smartwatch to bring the design aspects of the Series 6 to a wider audience. As opposed to Series 6, the Watch SE misses out on an Always-On display, ECG monitor, and the new health sensor for measuring blood oxygen levels.
However, it still features the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as Apple Watch Series 6, along with the same Retina display. It also comes in the same sizes – 40mm and 44mm – as the Watch Series 6. As for its price, the 40mm GPS version is priced at ₹29,900, while the 40mm GPS+Cellular version is priced at ₹33,900.
The new iPad Air comes with an all-screen design, which we've previously seen on the iPad Pro. Therefore, the new Air features a 10.9-inch retina true tone display with a 2360×1640 pixel resolution and P3 colour gamut support. Also, for the first time, the new iPad Air now gets a USB-C port, like the iPad Pro.
Powering the iPad Air is a new A14 Bionic SoC, which is also likely to power the upcoming iPhone 12 series. Further, unlike the iPad Pro, the Air misses out on Face ID. However, Apple has included Touch ID into the mix, by integrating the fingerprint scanner into the power button.
The iPad Air also gets updated cameras, as the tablet now gets a 12MP single rear camera with 4K 60fps support. At the front, it gets a 7MP selfie camera with the ability to shoot 1080p 60FPS videos. Lastly, the iPad Air starts at ₹54900 for the base WiFi configuration, with the WiFi+Cellular version starting at ₹66900.
Unlike the other three products mentioned above, this one is a spec bump rather than an all-new release. It still carries over the same design as the 7th gen iPad, but it now comes powered with the new A12 Bionic chipset, which, as per Apple, offers 40% faster CPU performance and 2x faster GPU performance as compared to last year’s iPad.
The updated iPad also gets support for Apple pencil. However, it is limited to just the first generation of the Apple pencil. Lastly, as far as pricing is concerned, the eighth generation iPad remains great value for money, as it retails at ₹29900 for the Wi-Fi model and ₹41900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.