Today, during its “Time Flies” event, Apple announced several new products and services, including the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE. During the live blog, Apple also showed off the latest generation iPad and an all-new iPad Air. We’ll take a closer look at each, along with some of the new services and software Apple unveiled today.
It’s hard to believe we’re already up to Series 6 of the Apple Watch. Maybe it’s the subliminal effect of Apple’s “Time Flies” marketing, but it really does feel like only yesterday we were just getting our hands on the first Apple Watch. Looking back, it’s hard not to marvel at just how far the Apple Watch has come, from a cool—but arguably superfluous—piece of tech to maybe the best smartwatch in the world.
So, what’s new with Series 6? One of the main reasons the Watch is so popular is because it’s such a capable wellness tracking device. Apple knows this and so it very wisely continues to invest in that side of wearable technology, focusing mainly on health and fitness. For the Series 6, that investment translates into new features and monitoring hardware, including an all-new blood oxygen sensor. According to Apple, data from the Series 6’s sensors could eventually be used as an early indicator of “respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19.”
To go along with the new blood oxygen sensor, Apple also gave the Series 6 an all-around spec boost. Headlining those upgrades are a new S6 processor, which promises up to 20 percent faster performance, and an improved always-on display that Apple claims is now 2.5 times brighter.