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The Apple Store went down this morning, heralding another Apple launch day. The company’s virtual event has just started, and while we don’t expect the iPhone 12 to be announced, Tim Cook started out by telling us that the Apple Watch and new additions to the iPad family of tablets would be the highlights — and so far we’ve gotten an Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, redesigned iPad Air debuting the A14 Bionic chip and iPad 8th gen.

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The rumored Apple One bundle of Apple Arcade, Apple TV Plus, iCloud, Apple Music and more became a reality starting at $15 a month.

We didn’t expect the iPhone 12, and while Apple confirmed that the new iPhone will be available “a few weeks later” than its usual mid-September launch, our best educated guess for the event will be either Oct. 13 or 14. The updated versions of the operating systems — iPadOS 14, iOS 14, WatchOS 7 and TVOS 14 — are all coming tomorrow, though.


iPad Air

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Apple iPad 8th gen and iPad Air

It’s been 10 years since the iPad launched. Wow. The latest generation gets a power update to the A12 Bionic processor. It still starts at $329, preorders start today and it ships Friday.

The new iPad Air comes in colors like the rainbow, incorporates a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and receives long-awaited updates, like Touch ID via the power button. It jumps to new the 5nm A14 Bionic chip with six cores and four-core GPU. It will ship next month starting at $599.

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Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE

Apple recapped the updates to WatchOS 7 that were announced at WWDC. New colors and finishes, an always-on display and expanded health measurements, including blood oxygen saturation, SV02. It incorporates a new, customized A13-based processor that’s faster. A new band design is single, stretchy loop. Apple added a new Family Setup option that doesn’t require pairing with an iPhone and expands parental controls.

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Watch SE has a bigger display and a more affordable (?) $279 starting price. Watch Series 3 stays in the line at its current price.

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You can order them both today, with availability starting Friday. 


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