Apple Watch Series 6 launched alongside the cheaper $279 Watch SE

Yolanda Curtis
September 16, 2020

With watchOS 7, users can take advantage of powerful new features including Family Setup, which allows kids or older family members without an iPhone to enjoy Apple Watch, plus sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workouts.

Here's what Australians need to know about the news. Workout classes with renowned trainers are available right from your wrist and can be streamed to other Apple devices as well, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac and even Apple TV.

IPad today is now cheaper at $499 than past year, and under the hood is faster and just all-round better.

iPad Air sits above the iPad and below iPad Pro in the range on both price and performance.

Squared off edges and a very flat slim design make it an all-new look.

Health has always been a big focus for the Watch, and it's evident that Apple appreciates how important that is for customers.

The new iPad Air doesn't go on sale in Australia until next month. It comes in new exciting colors: blue, classic gold, classic graphite, and a stunning Apple Watch Product Red, for the first time.

Other hardware upgrades include a new S6 chip that Apple says is more power-efficient and charges 20 percent faster.

The feature requires requires a cellular model of Apple Watch Series 4 and later and will be available at launch with select carrier partners, including AT&T, T-Mobile and (TechCrunch parent's parent) Verizon, and other global carriers. When it launches later this year, there will be a 30-day free trial available. It's also only available in an aluminum finish (the Series 6 offers stainless steel and titanium options). Another new sensor is the always-on altimeter, which provides real-time elevation information. Perhaps it's time to start thinking of them as more of a bundle battle than just a competition centered on any one single application, like video or audio. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley estimates about 51 million Apple Watches will be sold this year, a 5% increase from last year. Even if you do not have Apple TV, you can take benefit of Apple TV Plus. It's also now possible to access notifications, Control Center, change watch faces, or tap on complications without fully waking the screen. The affordable Apple Watch SE combines the modern design of the Apple Watch 6 with the most essential features of Apple Watch in general. Give them a few months, we hope to see this early in 2021.

The scaled-down Apple Watch follows on the heels of a budget iPhone the company released five months ago as the economy cratered and unemployment rates rose above the levels reached during the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

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