Apple debuts discount watch, but no new iPhones yet
Sep 17 2020
Apple claims that the new S6 chipset in the Series 6 is 20% faster than its predecessor, while being better for overall battery life. The Series 5 already implemented an always-on display for the first time, but with the new Apple Watch, that AOD will be a bit brighter and easier to see. You'll be able to buy the wearable in a variety of new case colors, including blue aluminum and Product RED.
"Apple Watch SE combines elements of the Series 6 design with the most essential features of Apple Watch, all at a more affordable price", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. While the Series 3 is still hanging around, Apple has now introduced a new "mid-range" option with the Watch SE. It will also periodically monitor oxygen levels in the background.
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.
Apple has announced a brand new premium service, called Fitness+. Basically, Fitness+ is a fitness program that offers video workouts across a range of disciplines, in a neat, integrated and engaging way.
That capability is powered by the Series 6's new blood oxygen sensor, which uses a series of photodiodes and infrared LEDs to measure your oxygen saturation-the amount of oxygen in your blood cells-as you breathe. Well, it didn't, as there was a new focus on different services that are coming to the Watch later this year. It's machine-agnostic, meaning you don't need any particular equipment-aside from the Apple Watch.
Among the other products on show was an Apple One subscription, costing $15 per month for television, music and games.
Fitness+ is one of the services being incorporated into Apple One, which bundles Apple's various subscription services into one package. "This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later".
Apple's Fitness app will also come to the iPad and Apple TV, complete with Fitness+.
Individual - Apple Music, Arcade, TV+, and iCloud for $14.95 per month.
Premium - All of the same services, but also includes News+ and Fitness+ for $29.95 per month (in select regions).
Compared to subscribing to each service individually, the Individual plan will save users $6 per month, while the Family and Premier plans will save subscribers $8 and $25 per month, respectively.