Apple's New Tech
By Samir Ahmed
2020 is nearly over, and almost all the tech companies have unveiled their products for the upcoming year. On September 15th, 2020, Apple held a press conference to go over their new line of products. The new products they showed were the Apple Watch Series Six and SE, the iPad Air and iPad Eighth Generation, Apple Fitness, Apple One, and Family Sharing. However, one key piece of Apple technology was missing from the lineup: the iPhone. According to Yahoo Sports: ”It marked the first time the iPhone hadn't been featured at one of the tech giant’s trademark September launch events... where was the iPhone? Apple had previously hinted that this year’s phone might be delayed, following a series of reports about disruption, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in its Chinese supply chain.” This means that the iPhones may be announced at a later date, but will not be available until the suppliers are able to get back on track. While Apple hasn't announced the iPhone, they still announced some other products, like the Apple Watch Series 6 comes in nine colors: red, blue, space grey, silver, gold, graphite, silver, black titanium, and titanium. The color options vary depending on the model and the pricing of the series varies between 400 to 800 dollars.
The Series 6 is a major upgrade compared to last year’s Series 5. Apple has added a few new features, which Forbes explains quite well: “Here’s what’s new with the Series 6 compared to last year’s device: that aforementioned new S6 chip, which improves charging times and app launch speeds... This chip also helps boost a brighter “always-on” display...the most important update is a new blood-oxygen sensor that detects oxygen saturation levels in our blood, otherwise known as SpO2. Yes, this feature has been available for at least a couple of years... recent smartwatches from Huawei and Samsung. But you’ve probably heard the... saying: “Apple’s never the first to do anything, but when they do it, they do it better.”
Apple also announced the new iPad Air and iPad 8th Generation. The 8th Generation iPad has potential as a computer, and is described by Tom's guide in great detail “The A12 Bionic processor inside this slate offers blistering performance for a slate under $350, making it a great choice for work and play. And the nearly 13 hours of battery life is best in class. Add in support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, and the iPad 2020 can even pinch hit for a laptop.” From personal experience, the iPad lineup could definitely become a computer, and that's how Apple advertises it. However, Apple still hasn't given the iPad everything a computer needs ,such as ports and the ability to download anything from the internet, instead of only being limited to the app store. The iPad Air features a new design similar to the iPad Pro along with newer specs and a cheaper price. The iPad Air removes the face ID system ,and instead uses touch ID on the side. To sum up the fall reveal, Apple released a subscription, two new watches, and two new iPads, and most likely will release the new iPhone in October.