Apple Keynote Fall 2020: Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, Apple One, LumiHealth and more

Apple Keynote Fall 2020: Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, Apple One, LumiHealth and more

Series 6 and more

Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

It has begun: Apple's Keynote 2020, which usually gets the ball rolling with the unveiling of new launches and products, is here. In light of the pandemic, this year's event is held virtually and is pre-recorded. While there was no news of the highly-anticipated new iPhones, Apple has turned its focus to an array of exciting products like the Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air. Below, we highlight the exciting new releases to look out for.

Apple Watch Series 6: Your new health sidekick

With the new Apple Watch Series 6, you can now measure your health and fitness to whole new levels. The current Apple Watch encompasses features that measure heart rate and rhythm, and now, with the new Blood Oxygen feature in the Series 6, you can measure your blood oxygen right from your wrist. Blood oxygen measurement contains critical information about your breathing and circulation, and knowing such information can help improve your overall well-being and fitness. Series 6 is also said to measure periodic background measurements even when the user is inactive, so you can still track health data such your blood oxygen level differing over time, all whilst you're asleep.

Besides added health tracking capabilities, the new Series 6 has redesigned hardware which makes it more adroit than ever. A high performance dual-core processor based on the A13 Bionic in iPhone 11 has been optimised for the Series 6, allowing it to run 20% faster, with apps being launched 20% quicker. Faster charging, where one can obtain a full charge in under 1.5 hours, and improved battery life are part of the new updates. The Always-On Retina Display has been upgraded to be up to 2.5 times brighter than its predecessor, making the display easier on the eyes when in bright sunlight. The always-on altimeter has a boosted power-efficient barometric altimeter, allowing for the detection of small elevation changes and measurements, and can be shown as a new watch face complication or workout metric. The new Series 6 also features the most colour line-up ever, allowing for unique customisation with a palette of new case finishes and bands as well as a (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Series 6

Available beginning Friday, September 18, starting from $599 for the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) and $749 for Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular).

A cost-friendly Apple Watch

For those looking for a more affordable option, Apple has answered your request with the launch of the Apple Watch SE. Offering the most essential features of an Apple Watch, the less costly version with the SE moniker offers the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as the Series 6. The Apple Watch SE has a large Retina display with thin borders and curved corners, allowing for easily decipherable app icons and fonts. A competent watch that can hold its own amongst the other Apple Watches, the Apple Watch SE contains a S5 System in Package (SiP) and dual-core processor, capable of delivering high-speed performance. Available in three different case finishes made of 100% recycled aluminium, the new offering is compatible with all Apple Watch bands.

Apple Watch SE

Available beginning Friday, September 18, starting from $419 for the Apple Watch SE (GPS) and $499 for Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular)

watchOS 7 and Family Setup

Add your touch of customisation to your Apple Watch with the seven new watch face options available in the new watchOS 7 update. Other attributes in the update include new health and fitness features and new workout types. Maps also now include cycling directions and Siri offers language translation, which will come useful when borders open up once again. To integrate your whole family into Apple, the new Family Setup available in watchOS 7 allows members in the household who do not have an iPhone to benefit from features such as connectivity, health, fitness and safety on the Apple Watch. These features allow family members without an iPhone to keep in touch with loved ones, stay safe and be more active. Children are able to utilise the communication and personalisation capabilities, access Emergency SOS whenever, enjoy an optimised Activity rings experience, and tap into Schooltime mode, where access to apps is restricted and Do Not Disturb is turned on whilst they're learning at home or in the classroom. For elderly members in the household, customised features such as fall detection, irregular rhythm notification and a refreshed X-Large face that shows time and a rich complication at a glance are available.

Apple watchOS 7 update

watchOS 7 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 or later on September 17, and requires iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14. Not all features are available on all devices.

Most capable iPad Air yet

Apple is changing the way we use iPads. Gone are the days where we simply use the tablet for entertainment purposes. The new iPad Air is completely redesigned, and contains Apple's most advanced chip, the A14 Bionic, which vastly improves performance and is said to be able to support even the most demanding apps. With a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, a new all-screen design, next-generation Touch ID as well as camera and audio upgrades, you can expect a new enriched experience. By far the most powerful and competent iPad Air, it's available in five colourful finishes and compatible with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Apple iPad Air

Available starting next month. Wi-Fi models of iPad Air will be available with a starting price of S$879 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at S$1,079. The new iPad Air, in 64GB and 256GB configurations, will be made available in five different finishes.

The most popular iPad is even more powerful now

Joining the line-up of iPads is the new eight-generation iPad. The new addition contains the A12 Bionic chip which introduces Neural Engine, allowing for advanced machine learning capabilities in areas such as augmented reality (AR) apps, photo editing, and Siri performances. The thin and light design makes the iPad easily portable and on-the-go between working from home and office. Incredibly durable, with ultra-fast wireless performance, support for gigabit-class LTE connectivity and an all-day battery life, the new iPad will be your go-to tablet for drawing, note-taking, marking up documents and more.

Apple iPad 8th Gen

Available to pre-order starting today, and for purchase beginning Friday, September 18, with a starting price of S$499 for the Wi-Fi model and S$699 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and comes in silver, space grey, and gold finishes in 32GB and 128GB configurations.

Enhance your workout with Fitness+

Get active with Apple's Fitness+, the first fitness experience built for the Apple Watch. With a manifold of studio workouts delivered by high-calibre trainers, the Fitness+ workout experience is attainable for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts. When a workout is chosen on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, the corresponding workout type will start on your Apple Watch. Throughout your workout session, Fitness+ delivers recommendations and metrics from your Apple Watch to the screen. Activity rings, which users of Apple Watch would be familiar with, will also appear onscreen, giving an extra boost of motivation. At launch, Apple Fitness+ will offer popular workouts such as cycling, HIIT, yoga, core and much more, with each workout being accompanied by music curated by trainers. If you're afraid of getting bored, new workouts will be added each week to keep things energetic.

Apple Fitness+

Available later this year.

No more messy subscriptions

If you've ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of subscription services you have, Apple is taking care of that problem with Apple One. Introduced as a single subscription, you can now get Apple's subscription services such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and iCloud in a sole plan. There are two plans available depending on your needs. The Individual plan includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage, whilst the Family plan offers the same services with 200GB of iCloud Storage to be shared amongst up to six family members. To make things even easier, you'll only receive one invoice each month, and Apple One plans can easily be changed or cancelled at any time.

Apple One

Arriving later this year, Fitness+ will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US at launch.

Get rewarded for staying healthy

As part of Singapore's Smart Nation initiative, Apple has partnered with Singapore's government to launch LumiHealth, a personalised program to help incentivise healthy activity and behaviours. The free program utilises the features of the Apple Watch to build healthy habits through individualised reminders and nudges, programs, activity coaching and incentives. To further gamify the experience, an intergalactic explorer through the LumiHealth app will guide users through wellness tasks such as weekly activity goals and challenges. The explorer also sends timely reminders when it comes to health screenings and immunisation shots. As a reward for completing such challenges, you can get up to $380 worth of HPB eVouchers. The program is completely voluntary and can be opted out of any time, and no data will ever be sold or shared for marketing purposes. To participate in the program, you'll need to own an Apple Watch and download the LumiHealth app via the App Store.

Apple LumiHealth

Available in the App Store for pre-order now, and the two-year program will be offered from late October 2020.