Apple Watch Series 6, SE + iPad Air 4 Revealed!

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

there were no new iphones announced at this event and at least tim cook was very very obvious and upfront about it at the very beginning of the event he just straight up said we're focusing on two products today so congratulations german bloomberg leakers you got it right a lot of the time today so no big surprises from apple pretty much everything they talked about we knew and even stuff we were expecting them to talk about they didn't talk about and i personally didn't think it was possible for an

Apple event to be this stale and uninteresting this was the shortest apple event in four years mind you it was one hour and it was literally just apple watches services ipad a lot of disappointing stuff along the way but not everything was terrible i mean the app watch series six does come in a blue and red finish now which looks epic yes i've ordered one i can't wait to see the product red series sticks i think that looks dope they removed the apple watch editions

Entirely so there's no more ceramic and they tinkered with the stainless steel finish a little bit and they added blood oxygen level monitoring to the series 6 as well so you don't need an internet connection you'll just be able to in 15 seconds check the oxygen level of your blood which is cool with some extra sensors on the bottom which should be good for certain use cases when you're hiking or going in high altitudes and that kind of thing and they also introduced the s6 chip which is apparently 20

Faster than the s5 chip so that we can export videos much much faster in the apple watch series 6. they also tinkered the gold design a little bit i'm not sure how i feel about it it kind of pops a little bit more i guess than before i'll have to see it in person to really come to a conclusion about it because when they first unveiled the stainless steel in gold it definitely didn't look the same as the gold on the website so the website renders can be deceiving so i wouldn't 100 believe them but the new blue option the red option they

Look great and they also introduced the apple watch se which i will add months and months in advance i just threw that out there suggesting that if they do a cheaper apple watch that's the naming they would go with and i totally called that one even though i was 100 not expecting them to call it that they do call it that and it actually has the design of the series four and five it has the s5 chip on the inside it doesn't have ecg but it does have fall detection and it doesn't have an always on display

But i do think it prioritizes a lot of things most people care about and there's not as many customizable options with the se so it only comes in aluminum it only comes in space gray silver and gold that's it so yeah this kind of sucks but if you want the new red or blue you have to get the series six that doesn't come to the cheaper apple watch and it starts at 280 dollars which i found kind of surprising i was kind of expecting the se to be the cheaper model

But it turns out they actually want to keep the series three so yeah they're still selling the series three for 200 bucks and the apple watch se for 280 bucks and the series six is the same price as the series five at 400 bucks it's kind of weird i'm confused as to why they want to keep the series 3 around especially given it has a force touch layer and watchos 7 has removed forced touch being useful at all so the sc was a bit more expensive than i was expecting but you want to know something really upsetting

The new apple watches do not include a charge brick so yeah they do include the little cable with the charge puck but no more charge brick and lisa went on this whole rant about how it's better for the environment that's gonna help anything but if you were scared of those rumors of the iphone not coming with a charge brick then this does not help that argument it's most likely going to happen if they're willing to do it on the apple watches and that helps the environment i guess but they're not gonna offer you a charge brick for free they're not going to include it at a

Bundle discount or something like that it's just gone so don't expect the charge brick in these new apple watches and they've also introduced a few new watch bands the really confusing one is the solo loop which i still don't understand how it works i guess it's stretchy but you won't even have to clasp it or anything it's just a singular loop and they also have a braided watch as well and they updated the leather loops to be a bit more simple when it comes to the magnets and that kind of thing so yeah apple watch has got some aesthetic

Changes that are pretty noticeable but when it comes to functional changes blood oxygen level monitoring some people will appreciate that but i guess not most and se ended up being more than we thought which is a bit of a bummer i will admit then they wanted to talk about apple fitness plus that's right we got a new apple service it's 10 bucks a month yeah really they just hired some people at apple to be dedicated trainers that will follow along with you and when you're doing the workouts it'll show your heart rate it

Basically syncs your watch with whatever device you're watching the trainers on whether it be your phone or your ipad or your tv which was rumored we did hear that this was going to be a thing i just didn't expect it to be 10 a month that's a lot when you buy a new apple watch you do get three months for free though so i guess you can try it out for yourself but not really something i can justify you know i'm fat and i don't care that much about my health so i'm not terribly interested in paying apple 10 bucks a

Month just so that some overly enthusiastic person can be on my phone telling me do this now do this now do this now i'm not crazy about that but i guess it is a lot cheaper than gym membership and with more people at home maybe fitness plus could be successful to a certain demographic i just i i think it's way too much i would have said it should have been cheaper and then as expected they also introduced apple one which comes in three separate tiers and to be honest with you i'm not super happy with the prices on these tiers so

The individual plan includes apple music tv plus and apple arcade and 50 gigs of icloud storage for 15 bucks a month so i guess if you were already paying for all those would be around 20 bucks a month but i feel like none of you were and then the family plan is 20 bucks a month so you can share these services with up to six people and this gives you apple music apple tv plus apple arcade and 200 gigs of icloud storage for 20 bucks which i guess if you have a

Family that plans on utilizing those services it's decent deal and then the very very high end one is 30 a month and you get basically everything two terabytes of icloud storage apple news plus tv plus apple arcade and apple music and eventually apple fitness plus when that comes out later this year for 30 bucks a month and you're able to share that with five other people if you're willing to pay 30 bucks a month so in my opinion yeah this is kind of what we expected when it came to the bundling offers it's

Like see when you buy all of them together you get the most savings but i've just discovered these services aren't worth it to me i'm not incentivized to subscribe to any of these things so sorry apple sheep's not crazy about apple one because i pay for two terabytes of icloud storage and that's pretty much my only recurring apple service right now and these aren't incentivizing me to upgrade i have no interest in subscribing to apple one so there's your update on services when it

Came to the ipads pretty much exactly what we thought would happen did happen so the ipad 8 has an a12 chip it's faster now and interesting enough it now comes with a 20 watt usbc charge brick and usbc to lightning cable even though it's only 300 bucks so you get a fast charger with that ipad now which is kind of dope and the ipad air 4 which i think is kind of the main star of the show because it's the only thing that looks relatively different ipad air 4 introduced the a14 chip that's right so we're getting our first look at the a14 chip this month

Despite the fact that the air 4 is not coming out until october this confuses me a lot they're willing to show the air 4 now even though it's not launching until next month but when it comes to the iphones no we don't want to show that yet we want to wait until they're ready to ship why does the ipad get preferential treatment i don't know but it comes in five colors and it's actually not the exact same display as the 11 inch ipad pro as i thought it would be this is a 10.9 inch display

Obviously it's only 60 hertz no promotion it does look very very similar to the ipad pro except of course with these new color options comes in pink green and blue unlike the ipad pros it doesn't have flash on the back and it doesn't have face id though it does sport a new biometric format apple has never done before which is touch id and the power button originally i was kind of okay with this because i thought it would save on cost but the air fort cost 600 bucks and it still starts with 64 gigs of storage in my opinion that's kind of pricey and

Knowing that it has the a14 chip which is really fast really powerful and based on the math i saw a lot of people in our chat calculating they're saying that it could actually outperform the ipad pro which is very bizarre that apple would do this and we're not really sure yet of what the ram on this thing is but i imagine it would probably be around three or four gigs 600 feels a little bit steep especially considering it doesn't have face id i would almost say that you're better off buying a

Certified refurbished 2018 ipad pro because that'll have face id that'll have 120 hertz and yeah the ipad air does support apple pencil too magic keyboard case like we expected and thankfully the ipad air now has stereo speakers so speakers coming out on both ends of the device and that makes the two in one laptop experience much much better than the previous generation ipad air which just had speakers on one side but yeah it's kind of an interesting little mid-step ipad i mean you're only 200 away from getting an ipad pro so i guess if you're

Looking something first party and new from apple this is pretty good deal but in my opinion that touch id to unlock the ipad thing is going to be an extra step that i don't think is super convenient and comfortable compared to face id if they're charging 600 bucks for this i really wish they could have just put face id in it so that that could be more of a universal standard for the ipad not just a pro feature which now seems like face id is going to be a pro feature for many many years to come

But i'm very curious if they could add that touch id top button to more devices if they're willing to put touch id in the ipad why not bring it back to the iphone on the power button just for when we're wearing a mask or something i don't know just an idea i would like to see this brought to more products on the ipad it feels kind of weird but it's also bizarre that it's a 10.9 inch display just looking at the pictures of it it almost looks like the bezels of the ipad air are just ever so slightly thicker than the 11 inch ipad pro it's

Weird that they didn't want to go straight to 11 inches i don't know why they couldn't just share that resolution why do we need another resolution and another screen size to remember with this lineup i i don't know but it does come with a 20 watt usbc charge brick so apple updating the charge bricks for the ipads but removing them for the apple watches is kind of weird with no real bundle or discount when you're checking out an apple watch which i found kind of bizarre so

Personally recapping this event as a whole i don't think apple should have done this honestly a lot of these announcements were kind of interesting and fun to talk about but they did not warrant a dedicated live streamed event especially considering how much apple has done as a site refresh lately the iphone se the airpods pro the 16-inch macbook pro the magic keyboard there's so much stuff that was huge and there was lots to talk about but they decided to do it as a site refresh because

Obviously it's not that big a deal and doesn't really warrant its own dedicated event but in my opinion apple kind of click-baited everyone everyone's used to seeing iphones in september and yes not everyone keeps up with leakers and what rumors are saying some people just follow apple for apple and having a september event that's live stream that they make a big deal about that they redesign the like animation for twitter and they do apple event 2020 hashtag that gets a lot of people hyped in thinking hey this is it this is when the

Iphones come out that's the way it's been for eight years and to get all this hype and to get all this excitement and taking down of old iphone videos and that just so that you can talk about your services in some watch updates and ipad updates i don't think this justified an event personally it was over in an hour and three minutes which in my opinion is way too small for a september event this is by far the shortest september event of all time and in my opinion it would have been way smarter for apple to just drop these as

Site refreshes occasionally throughout september like one week drop the series 6 and the se and then the next week drop the ipad 8 and then the week after that drop the ipad air 4. then you could have had hype over your announcements and coverage for the entire month instead of getting people really excited for one week and then immensely disappointed today which is what i kind of felt because there's a bunch of stuff we were still expecting to see even without the iphones we were like mini homepod or air tags or airpods studio or

Something with airpods at all so to get just literally a whole event dedicated to some watches in an ipad i didn't think apple would do it and i was wrong i'll admit it i really didn't think they would stretch this into an event with so much fluff so much dead air so much slow transitions and times they spent explaining to people how the apple pencil worked apple pencil's been around for five years and they're acting like we've never heard of it before like look you can draw with the ipad right it just felt

Like this event didn't need to happen it just created a whole bunch of hype and now people are disappointed and now we got another month to wait for new iphones so stay tuned for that i guess but on the good news side of things ios 14 ipad os watch os 7 and tv os updates they're all dropping for the public tomorrow so stay tuned for ios 14 and ipad os and watch os 7 they won't be on beta anymore they will be available for everyone tomorrow which is cool and mac os big sur we don't have any news on that probably october they'll launch it

For the public but yeah for the meantime applesheep is disappointed he feels like apple clickbaited everyone into thinking there would be iphones just so that they can try to sell you more services which i don't like apple being like this and i think if you're willing to showcase the ipad air even though it's not shipping until october then you should have just unveiled the iphones now even though they're not ready to ship until october i don't see how that's any different i guess iphone is iphone and that means it has to have its own special dedicated event but what

Did you guys think am i being overly critical towards this keynote feel free to let me know this is your app sheep here i'll see you all in the next you

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