New iPad Air, Watch Series 6 with oxygen monitor: Apple's latest launches

Apple also introduced a cheaper version of its smartwatch—Watch SE

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Apple announced Watch SE, Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen monitor, iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 at the special ‘Time Flies’ event on Tuesday. In India, the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) is priced at Rs 40,900 while the Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) is priced at Rs 49,900. Apple prices the Watch SE (GPS) at Rs 29,900 and Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) at Rs 33,900. 

However, no availability dates have been announced for the two more affordable Apple Watch models. Apple introduced a cheaper version of its smartwatch, its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its trend-setting products while many consumers are forced to scrimp during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new iPad (8th generation) will have a starting price in India of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 41,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model in 32GB and 128GB configurations. The device will be compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation) priced at Rs 8,500 and the Smart Keyboard priced Rs 13,900. Smart covers for iPad can be purchased at Rs 4,500. 

The headline feature of Apple Watch Series 6 is its ability to measure blood oxygen saturation. It's a measure of how well your cardiovascular system is functioning. If you have the Series 6, you may not need to use a dedicated pulse oximeter. 

This is the first Apple Watch to ship with a Product Red edition, which has a red band and Apple contributes a part of the proceeds from sales of Product Red edition products to charities. The Apple Watch Series 6 ships with the S6 processor that's 20 per cent faster than its predecessor.  The Apple Watch has never come close to rivaling the iPhone’s popularity, but it does dominate the market for smartwatches. 

CEO Tim Cook didn’t mention iPhones during Tuesday’s one-hour presentation recorded at the company’s massive, but now mostly empty, headquarters in Cupertino, California. Keeping it direct, Cook revealed that the event would focus on two products, the Apple Watch and iPad.

Cook introduced the new iPad, iPad 8th Gen, with the iPadOS 14, works with keyboards and the Apple Pencil and is priced at $329. The education-version comes at $299. Orders open today in the US, and availability begins from Friday.

There's also a "completely redesigned" iPad Air. With a 10.9-inch liquid retina display, it is fully-laminated and comes with an anti-reflective coating. Apple has integrated the fingerprint sensor into the power button on the top.

The new iPad Air comes with the A14 Bionic chip. A great new addition is the USB-C port in it.


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