12:52PM EDT - Today Apple is hosting its 2020 fall launch event. This year due to circumstances, we'll be going virtual and remote, however we'll still be live blogging the show for those who prefer non-video formats. Apple's WWDC online event had been a great success and we expect a similar format for today's announcements. What will we be seeing today? Rumours state that the new iPhone won't make it to the September event this time around, although we're still expecting a set of different other new Apple devices. Maybe a new iPad? New Apple TV? Stay tuned as the event starts off at 10am PT (17:00 UTC).

12:58PM EDT - Hello folks, the event is starting now. Excited to see what Apple has in store for us in these unusual times!

12:59PM EDT - Intro starting off with Tim Cook.

01:00PM EDT - Today's topics: Apple watch and iPad

01:00PM EDT - Starting off with the Apple Watch

01:01PM EDT - "The most beloved watch in the world"

01:02PM EDT - Video clips about Apple Watch users and how the device augments their daily lives.

01:05PM EDT - Still discussing the health benefits of using Apple Watch monitoring and identifying early issues before symptoms appear.

01:06PM EDT - WatchOS 7 recap with the new features.

01:06PM EDT - Ability to measure VO² Max

01:07PM EDT - New Apple Watch Series 6

01:08PM EDT - New health sensor with new abilities

01:08PM EDT - New blood oxygen sensor

01:09PM EDT - Blood oxygen measurement in 15 seconds through the new sensor

01:09PM EDT - Tracking in the health app, also during sleep

01:11PM EDT - I'm wondering if Apple has received certification for the new sensor outside of the US- Samsung previously had such a sensor capability in past Galaxy devices, but it was locked regionally due to regulatory limitations.

01:12PM EDT - New S6 SoC inside of the Apple watch, using Thunder CPUs from the A13

01:12PM EDT - Better always-on display that's more efficient. 2.5x brighter than the previous generation.

01:13PM EDT - Altimeter measurements that's constantly available.

01:13PM EDT - New watch faces

01:14PM EDT - Memoji faces, animated with touch

01:15PM EDT - New "Solo Loop" watch band - made out of stretchable silicon

01:16PM EDT - Also a braided variant (out of silicon still)

01:16PM EDT - "The most advanced Apple Watch"

01:17PM EDT - Family setup - pairing an Apple watch with different iPhones than your own - for example pairing your kid's Apple Watch with the parent's iPhone

01:19PM EDT - (Requires a cellular enabled Apple Watch)

01:19PM EDT - New Apple Watch SE

01:20PM EDT - Same large screen, but uses the S5 SoC chip

01:20PM EDT - Same sensors than on the Series 6, however seemingly without the blood oxygen sensor

01:21PM EDT - Starting at only $279

01:21PM EDT - Series 6 falls in at $399, Series 3 remains at $199

01:22PM EDT - Switching topic now to renewable energy and Apple's carbon footprint

01:23PM EDT - Apple is removing the USB power adapter from this year's Apple Watches.

01:24PM EDT - (I guess this means, if you don't have one, you'll have to buy it extra)

01:24PM EDT - Availability of the new Series 6 and SE starts Friday, pre-orders starting today.

01:28PM EDT - Intro about a new fitness service.

01:29PM EDT - Apple Fitness+ - a service for the Apple Watch in order to keep you fit.

01:30PM EDT - Integration with TV, iPad, iPhone for training sessions

01:31PM EDT - New workouts every week by a range of trainers and instructors

01:34PM EDT - Costly subscription and again very limited regional availability.

01:35PM EDT - Talking about subscriptions, now Apple is introducing Apple One amalgamating all their services under one single subscription....

01:36PM EDT - Scales from $15 per month to $30 per month.

01:36PM EDT - Moving onto iPads

01:37PM EDT - This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPad

01:37PM EDT - 500 million iPads sold to date

01:37PM EDT - #1 customer satisfaction device

01:38PM EDT - "This is a big year for iPad"

01:38PM EDT - Updating the remaining iPad variants this year

01:39PM EDT - New iPad 8th generation, includes the A12 SoC

01:40PM EDT - Recapping various performance metrics about the A12 and how that augments the new iPad experience

01:41PM EDT - Works with the Apple Pencil

01:42PM EDT - Recap of new iPad OS features as introduced earlier this year at WWDC

01:42PM EDT - We recommend reading our overview article: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15873/apple-announces-ios-14-and-ipados-14-an-overview

01:44PM EDT - 8th gen iPad starts at $329

01:44PM EDT - Availability starting Friday, with pre-orders going live today.

01:44PM EDT - iPad Air next

01:45PM EDT - New redesign similar to the iPad Pro's

01:46PM EDT - New Liquid Retina 2360 x 1640 10" display

01:46PM EDT - Highest quality screen experience

01:47PM EDT - Touch ID - in a new capacitive fingerprint sensor format

01:47PM EDT - Uses a custom sensor to achieve better performance and accuracy

01:48PM EDT - New chipset

01:48PM EDT - Debuting the new A14 Bionic

01:48PM EDT - A14 is the first in the industry to use a 5nm manufacturing node.

01:49PM EDT - 11.8B transistors, 40% more than the 7nm A13

01:49PM EDT - 40% faster CPU performance

01:49PM EDT - 40% faster CPU performance

01:49PM EDT - I wonder if this is ST or MT performance?

01:50PM EDT - New 4-core GPU with +30% performance

01:50PM EDT - 2x performance over a comparable laptop

01:51PM EDT - New Neural Engine with doubled up core-count to 16 cores, with up to 11TOPs inference performance

01:51PM EDT - Second generation matrix-multiplication ML accelerators in the CPU cores

01:52PM EDT - "By far the most advanced chip we've ever made"

01:54PM EDT - USB-C connector in the new iPad Air

01:54PM EDT - USB-C connector in the new iPad Air

01:54PM EDT - Same cameras as on the iPad Pro

01:57PM EDT - Starting at $599 with availability starting in October

01:59PM EDT - iOS 14 will be starting deployments tomorrow.

02:00PM EDT - Tim Apple is wrapping up the show- that's all for it folks! Hope we'll be seeing the new iPhones be announced in the next several weeks.

02:00PM EDT - .

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  • sing_electric - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    Well, because the base model will likely be on sale for $299 somewhere pretty much around the calendar, and $249 at rare times. I just don't get how the product managers sleep at night charging $100 for 96GB of NAND in 2020. Was their last job at a car dealership, charging $500 for a floor mat and a cargo net? Reply
  • name99 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    STOP freaking telling everyone else how to use their iPads!!!

    If you buy an iPad, for example, as an eBook reader, or to mount on the wall as a home controller, then 32GB is plenty enough storage.
    Reply
  • sbrown23 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    Triggered much? He didn’t tell you how to use your iPad. In saying “nearly unusable” merely expressed his opinion that 32GB is too small for many use cases. Not sure what’s so difficult to comprehend about that, nor why you feel compelled to attack and suppress any opinion that differs from your own. It’s kinda weird. Reply
  • sing_electric - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    And this ignores the fact that Apple could add like $5 (or less) to its BOM cost and double the storage, but chooses not to. Reply
  • sing_electric - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    The base iPad has been a decent deal for a while, but at the same time, it's been incremental progress and there's frankly not a ton of reasons to upgrade from recent generations in almost all use cases. Reply
  • name99 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    If you buy an iPad Air (or any iPad) expecting to get a PC you will be gravely disappointed...
    Someone who uses the term "real computer" and thinks that's meaningful will not be happy with even an iPad Pro.
    Reply
  • Speedfriend - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - link

    I couldn't agree more. The iPad Pro is a joke. My daughter plays minecraft on it and at times it stutters embarrassingly and the battery runs out in just over three hours. Even trying to use it instead of my Surface Pro at a conference was a lesson in frustration... Reply
  • shaddixboggs - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    Pumped for new apple watch. Hell yes. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - link

    Not an Apple fan, but that 5 nm SoC is nice; it has about 50-60% of the transistor count that NVIDIA's big Ampere has; not bad for a mobile SoC, not bad at all. Wish the next SoCs for Android had anything even close. Reply
  • Jake13942 - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - link

    "Tim Apple is wrapping up the show" LOL Did AT just call him Tim Apple? Reply

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