Apple’s virtual conference ended to announce some of its new devices and services without announcing any iPhones. The American company announced during the conference about the Apple Watch 6, the eighth generation of iPad devices, an update for iPad Air devices, the A14 Bionic processor, Apple Fitness + service, Apple One subscription, the date of updates to its systems and some new features for its devices.
The eighth generation of iPad devices
Today, Apple unveiled its latest updates to the famous iPad, launching the eighth generation of its budget tablets without any fundamental change in design. The new generation of the company’s devices is based on the Apple A12 bionic processor, which was found in the iPhone Xs. The new generation has seen, for the first time, support for the Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard and USB-C port, and the device is completely made of recycled materials.
The eighth generation iPad will be available with a 10.2-inch screen and two storage options between 32 GB and 128 GB, with a price starting from $ 329 and will be available on September 18th.
IPad Air devices
IPad Air got an all-new design to closely resemble the recent iPad Pro. The new American company’s devices will come with a 10.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels, small edges, and without a Home button, to transfer the fingerprint sensor to the power button for the first time in this type of company.
Apple will also support this series with the company’s smart pencil, as well as the Smart Keyboard, in addition to its switch to the USB-C port instead of Lightning. The biggest surprise about iPad Air was its adoption of the company’s new A14 Bionic processor as the company’s first devices to work with it even before the upcoming iPhones.
A14 Bionic processor
The surprise of the conference in my opinion was in the announcement of the A14 Bionic processor and its presence in the iPad Air devices. Apple’s new processor is the first to be manufactured with a 5nm process. Apple says it is able to provide 30% faster performance than the previous generation, while this percentage increases to 40% when comparing the A14 Bionic graphics performance with its predecessor A13 Bionic.
Apple also mentioned that the processor consists of 11.8 billion transistors and that it is capable of performing 11 trillion operations per second, in addition to its distinctive capabilities in supporting systems that rely on artificial intelligence and graphic processing.
Apple Fitness + service
Apple decided today to add a new service to its paid electronic services, which is Apple Fitness +, the new service, as its name indicates, is related to sports, as it allows subscribers a large library of exercises specially prepared for service users in the form of videos that can be broadcast on any screen. Apple smart watches, and when the service is activated, will interact with the exercises that appear on the screen to begin to follow up and save the results of the exercises and the reaction of the body and its state during its practices. A simple summary will also appear on the screen immediately during the exercise of those exercises.
This service will be available at a price of $ 9.99 per month and can be shared by up to 5 members per family.
When Apple announced the Apple Watch 6, Apple focused on a new feature that it would introduce in the WatchOS 7 update called Family Setup. This feature will allow iPhone owners to link more than one smart watch (Apple Watch) with one phone at the same time. The American company aims with this feature to link the children’s hours to their parents’ phones so that they can follow them wherever they are, either by communicating with them, locating them or controlling the people who can contact them.
Apple One subscription
As we mentioned to you yesterday about the upcoming conference leaks, Apple announced a set of new packages under the name Apple One. These packages will allow users to subscribe to more than one service from Apple at the same time with one subscription.
Tim Cook announced at the end of the conference that the final version of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, WatchOS 7 updates will be available from tomorrow for all users. If you own an Apple device that hasn’t gone out of company support, prepare for the new update.