Weekly Digest - 2021.37
Apple held an online event and introduced couple of new things:
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch SE
This is another service from Apple. This one, as name suggests, focuses on fitnes and exercising. It integrates with Apple Watch, and offers guided workouts. Apple Fitness+ will be available for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV for $10/ month, or $80/ year.
Apple combined all it services into bundles and called it Apple One:
Entry level iPad finally got upgrade:
Also iPad Air got an update, and on paper it came much closer to a Pro version:
During an online event, Sony finally revealed that the next-gen console will arrive on November 12 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. For the rest of the world it will be available from November 19th.
The PlayStation 5 will cost $499.99 for the standard version and $399.99 for the PS5 Digital Edition.
Image credits: Apple
Microsoft has officially confirmed Xbox Series S. It's a simplified version of the Xbox Series X. Here are the highlights:
It's a good choice for people who want new Xbox, but doesn't care about 8K and optical disc. The only downside is really small storage. 512GB is really small, especially when games can take more than 200GB of storage. Hopefully, soon Microsoft will release another version with 1TB of storage.
Regarding Xbox Series X, it will also launch on November 10th for $499. The preorders will start on September 22.
Apple has announced an event that will be held on September 15th. Similar to WWDC, this event also will be digital only. According to rumors this event will focus on new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6. New iPhones will be announced in October or even later.
In August, Epic sued Apple, couple weeks later Apple is suing Epic, asking for damages over the breach of developer contract. In the press release they called Epic the "modern corporate Robin Hood" 😂
Apple has every legal right to do so, but I think the PR damages will cost Apple more than potential settlement with Epic.
Image credits: Microsoft
Wired published an article that shares more information about next-gen console. Here is the short summary:
The App Store screenshots for the Alarms app for Apple Watch include text that mentions the rumored Sleep app. This is another confirmation that Apple is working on it. The Sleep app supposed to come with iOS 13, but was removed before iOS 13 beta was released.
If we take in consideration that battery life in Apple Watch Series 5 is worse than in previous model, it looks like that for the Sleep tracking we will have to wait till next year. If Apple won't be able to improve battery life software-wise, then we won't see it until new version of Apple Watch is released.
Image credits: LetsGoDigital