The Blood-Oxygen Edition Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Apple Watch Series 6 And Apple Watch SE: The MacStories Overview, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

These two devices follow Apple’s strategy with the iPhone, where there’s a flagship line plus a more affordable option that uses a mix of old and new parts. The Apple Watch Series 6 includes a new blood oxygen sensor, improved always-on display, S6 processor, an always-on altimeter, and new finishes. The Apple Watch SE also features the always-on altimeter and a similar design, but without the new color finishes, it includes the S5 processor from last year, but it doesn’t get the blood oxygen sensor nor does it include an always-on display.

Apple’s New Watch Strap Comes In 12 Sizes, And You’ll Need To Measure Your Wrist To Pick The Right One, by Jay Peters, The Verge

Apple launched new Apple Watch bands today that have no buckles or clasps, called the Solo Loop and the Braided Solo Loop. They look nice, but because you won’t be able to adjust the length of the band, you’ll have to measure your wrist in some way when you’re buying one to make sure you’re picking the right size. And that problem becomes trickier due to the fact that there are 12 total Loop sizes to pick from.

New 'Solo Loop' Style Bands Optimized For Apple Watch Series 4 And Later, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

These sizing options omit the older Apple Watch case sizes of 38mm and 42mm. To keep things simple, Apple is noting that the bands are only compatible with modern models of the Apple Watch, essentially including Apple Watch Series 4 and later.

Apple Fitness+, The Newest Apple Service, Will Arrive In Late 2020 Exclusively For Apple Watch Users, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workout experiences to your Apple devices in a way that uniquely integrates with the Apple Watch. As a workout video plays, live metrics from your Watch will display in the corner of the screen so you can easily keep track of things like the duration of your workout, heart rate, and calories burned.

Family Setup Will Let You Manage More Than One Apple Watch From A Single iPhone, by Cameron Faulkner, The Verge

The feature lets you adjust who each family member can call and message from their Apple Watch, and you can also set up location alerts so that you stay in the know of your family’s whereabouts.

Apple Watch Family Setup Includes 'Apple Cash Family' To Let Kids Use Apple Pay, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

One interesting feature of Family Setup is “Apple Cash Family,” which lets a parent securely load money onto their child’s Apple Watch and allows the child to then purchase items wherever Apple Pay is accepted.

Apple Watch Is Now Eligible For 0% Apple Card Financing, by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac

The same day that Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, the company expanded its 0% Apple Card financing service to cover its line of smartwatches.

Apple No Longer Including USB Power Adaptor With Apple Watch, Ahead Of iPhone 12 Debut, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The company’s announcement today for the Apple Watch will help customers get used to the idea of having no bundled accessories in the box, and soften the blow when the same thing happens to the iPhone in October.

Apple Discontinues Higher-End Ceramic Apple Watch Models With Launch Of Series 6, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple Watch Series 6 materials include aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, which was introduced last year, but no ceramic.

Singapore To Reward Residents For Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch, by Sareena Dayaram, CNET

The two-year wellness program is built around the Apple Watch and an iPhone app called LumiHealth from where a personalized wellness program is administered. Residents will need access to both in order to participate in the national health initiative, which begins in October. Taking part is voluntary.

The LumiHealth initiative is the first of its kind, according to Apple, since a national government is offering its citizens financial rewards in exchange for adopting healthy habits over a two-year duration.

Touch ID iPads

The New iPad Air And 8th Generation iPad: The MacStories Overview, by John Voorhees, MacStories

During an online-only event from the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino, California campus, Apple introduced a new iPad Air that looks as though it will rival the iPad Pro in many respects. The company also took the wraps off its 8th generation base-model iPad, which features a faster SoC.

Logitech Debuts New Folio Touch Keyboard With Trackpad For iPad Air, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

As with previous Logitech accessories, the new Folio Touch keyboard case connects to an iPad via Smart Connector and features a built-in trackpad for cursor support.

Service Bundles

Apple One: The Long-Awaited Services Bundle Is Coming Soon In Three Tiers, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Although Apple One doesn’t carry an official release date yet besides simply ‘fall,’ Apple did detail the breakdown of pricing and included services across three different Apple One tiers.

How Much Money Can You Save With The Apple One Subscription Bundle?, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple One Premier is the most expensive plan, priced at $29.95 per month, but it also offers the biggest savings. The Apple One Premier services sold individually sum to $54.94, so the Premier tier is almost half the price.

Apple Says Its New Apple One Services Bundle Isn’t Unfair To Spotify, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Apple insists that its customers will still be able to “discover and enjoy alternatives”.

Shipping Tomorrow

Apple Announces iOS 14, watchOS 7, And More Available September 16, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Today Apple announced that the latest versions of most of its major OS platforms will be shipping tomorrow, September 16. [...] macOS Big Sur was not mentioned, and it’s expected to release later this year alongside Apple Silicon Macs.

Developers Can Now Submit iOS 14 Compatible Apps To The App Store, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

According to Apple, developers can now submit apps compatible with iOS 14 and iPad 14 features, including widgets, App Clips, and ARKit enhancements. The same applies to watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 compatible apps.


Pixelmator Photo 1.4 For iPad Adds Machine Learning Super Resolution, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Most notably, Pixelmator Photo 1.4 now includes ML Super Resolution, which increases the size and resolution of images automatically. The results vary considerably depending on your source image, but at its best it is able to enlarge an image to three times its original size while maintaining sharpness and detail.

Illustrator On iPad: Designer Yiying Lu Bridges Art And Technology, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Adobe Illustrator on iPad is now available to pre-order on the App Store. The teams at Adobe and a select group of artists have been busy refining the app’s tools and user experience since it was previewed in November 2019 at Adobe MAX. I asked one of those artists, Yiying Lu, about her experience with Illustrator on iPad so far and how it will shape the future of creativity.

Adobe Premiere Pro Update Brings Scene Edit Detection, HDR For Broadcasters, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

New for Premiere Pro includes Scene Edit Detections, HDR for broadcasters, and new Quick Export option. Meanwhile, After Effects is gaining updated camera navigation tools and more in the public beta.

Bottom of the Page

If I am buying an iPad today, the iPad Air will be the one I choose. Enough Pro features, at a not-so-Pro price. But I'll probably wait for reviews on the new Touch ID sensor to see how good (or how not so good) it is.

Of course, based on how I use my current iPad, the regular iPad is more than enough for my needs. And, of course, I am not planning to buy a new iPad anytime soon.


The blue Apple Watch sure looks nice. So does the blue iPad. I like the color blue.


Thanks for reading.