What Aussies need to know about Apple's new gadgets
Apple's now famous "September Event" would normally introduce a brand new iPhone to the world, but for reasons we can only speculate on that announcement will have to wait until October as this morning the company revealed new versions of their iPad and Apple Watches.
Here's what Australians need to know about the news.
New iPad (8th Generation)
The iPad has been around for 10 years now, with over 500 million sold and Australian analysts Telsyte reckon Apple are selling almost a million a year here in Australia at least.
iPad today is now cheaper at $499 than last year, and under the hood is faster and just all-round better. But it's the same design, has the same physical home button and the same screen size.
The new iPad goes on sale this Friday.
New iPad Air
iPad Air sits above the iPad and below iPad Pro in the range on both price and performance. Stopping short of being the camera, sensor, and graphics performance of the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air does take on some of the iPad Pro design.
Squared off edges and a very flat slim design make it an all-new look. It does come in more expensive at $899 starting price, but Apple has introduced new colours, including a radical new Green and Blue to the iPad range for the first time.
The new iPad Air doesn't go on sale in Australia until next month.
New Apple Watch Series 6
Your friends will know you've got the latest if you choose from the range of new colours including Red or Blue on the Series 6.
Inside is a more powerful and battery efficient S6 processor, which allows things like faster charging and a doubling of the always-on display screen brightness.
Underneath, pressed against your skin are new sensors allowing you to measure your Blood Oxygen levels in just 15 seconds.
Unlike the ECG feature which was announced a while back but is still not available to Australians, the Blood Oxygen level check will be available at launch.
Prices start at $599 upwards depending on the model, and they go on sale this Friday in Australia.
New Apple Watch SE
In addition to the Series 6 there's an all new model which is the same size, but slightly paired back. Inside there's an S5 chip not the new S6, no Ultrawideband chip, no Always-on display and no Blood Oxygen sensor.
This one comes in more simple colours, and starts at $429 but is also available with 4G connectivity.
The Apple Watch Series 3 stays on sale, at a reduced price of $299 but there is no longer a 4G option.
Apple Watch for your Kids - without an iPhone?
Also announced today is the Family Setup feature. Allowing you to take an existing or new Apple Watch and set it up for your kids, or a parent who does not have an iPhone.
Available on the Series 4, Series 5 and Series 6 models with 4G connectivity, this allows you to get a mobile number for the user without them having phone, for you both to stay in touch, for them to be located on a map and even use apps like Music on the go.
There are also restrictions to stop the watch being used during school time, and a special watch face for Parents and Teachers to recognise it is in this mode.
Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available in Australia, as it requires some work from the Telcos to provision the virtual SIM card for a new number on the same account as the iPhone. Give them a few months, we hope to see this early in 2021.
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