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Apple Event: iPad Air (2020), Ipad 8th Gen, Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE Launched

The new iPad (8th generation) will be available in India at a starting price of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 41,900 for the (Wi-Fi + Cellular) model which comes in 32GB and 128GB configurations.

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US tech giant, Apple has finally launched the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen, and iPad Air (2020) at its ‘time flies’ event yesterday. Apart from these, the company also announced Apple One subscription bundle service. Additionally, the roll-out of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 will start from September 16. 

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 comes with an enhanced always-on display which offers almost double brightness compared to its previous versions. The main highlight of the watch is its ability to track your blood oxygen levels. Apple Watch Series 6 comes equipped with the S6 processor that is 20% faster than its predecessor. It comes with many watch faces such as memoji face, GMT, etc. Additionally, the user can also measure their real-time elevation. 

In India, the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) carries a starting price tag of Rs 40,900 whereas the Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) starts at Rs 49,900. 

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE is the company’s entry in budget-minded model. It appears to be an upgraded version of the Series 3 watch that was launched a few years back. Under the hood, it gets S5 chip for much better performance than Series 3. It gets feature such as Swim-proofing, Fall Detection, compass, accelerometer, and Altimeter, etc. However, the watch still lacks the blood oxygen sensor and ECG capabilities, so people might still look at Series 3 as a budget option. 

Apple Watch SE (GPS) variant starts at Rs 29,900 while Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) variant starts at Rs 33,900. However, the availability dates of the watches have been announced yet. Additionally, the Apple Watch SE will compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 which starts at 230$. 

iPad 8 Gen

The eighth-generation iPad features the powerful A12 Bionic chip that brings the Neural Engine to the entry iPad for the first time.  Starting at just $329,it features a 10.2-inch Retina display, upgraded cameras, and better battery life.  

The new iPad (8th generation) will be available in India at a starting price of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 41,900 for the (Wi-Fi + Cellular) model which comes in 32GB and 128GB configurations. The device will be compatible with Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard as well. 

iPad Air (2020)

Apple iPad Air (2020) looks very similar to the iPad Pro design. It comes with flat borders, slimmer bezel design, and USB-C support. Under the hood, it is powered by a new A14 Bionic chip which is based on 5nm process technology. The company claims that this iPad will offer 40% better CPU performance and 30% better graphics performance than its predecessor. iPad sports 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display and a single rear camera. 

Although, it looks very similar to iPad Pro but comes in a variety of pretty colors, including rose gold, green, and sky blue, in addition to the staid silver and space gray. 

The new iPad Air Wi-Fi models will be available at the starting price of Rs 54900 while (Wi-Fi + Cellular) models carry a starting price of Rs 66900. The iPad Air (2020) will be available at Authorized stores starting from October. 

Apple One

From the past few months, we were getting rumors of Apple planning to combine its various services in one package. It has now become official.  Apple one offers three tiers package which includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and more. The individual plan is priced at $14.95 per month which offer 50GB of iCloud storage along with Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade for one user whereas Family Plan offers 200GB of iCloud storage for up to six users. The premier plan will be only limited to Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US and offers Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for up to six people. 

The India price of the Apple One plan seems quite affordable if compared to the US. The individual plan is priced at Rs 195 per month while the family plan is priced at Rs 365 per month and can be shared with up to six family members.