Apple Watch's blood oxygen monitor may detect Covid-19 symptoms


Apple is also introducing a new 4th-gen iPad Air with an Apple A14 Bionic processor, a larger, higher-resolution display, slimmer bezels, and a new Touch ID sensor built into the power button. It brings improved performance that makes it 40% faster than the previous model. Few believe the company may launch a new iPad or iPad Air.

Premium - All of the same services, but also includes News+ and Fitness+ for $29.95 per month (in select regions).

The iPad is twice as fast as the top-selling Windows laptop and 3x the top Android tablet, and 6x Chromebooks, claims Apple.

The entry-level iPad starts at $329 to start, $299 for education.

That capability is powered by the Series 6's new blood oxygen sensor, which uses a series of photodiodes and infrared LEDs to measure your oxygen saturation-the amount of oxygen in your blood cells-as you breathe.

Fitness+ is one of the services being incorporated into Apple One, which bundles Apple's various subscription services into one package.

Apple Watch's blood oxygen monitor may detect Covid-19 symptoms
Apple Watch's blood oxygen monitor may detect Covid-19 symptoms

According to tipster Jon Prosser, the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE might officially be called Apple Watch Pro and Apple Watch respectively. For $9.99 per month (or $79.99 per year), Apple users can tap into classes (Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, and Mindful Cooldown) on their Apple devices.

While the event announcement on Apple's website is silent about what it may announce, the media invitation is tagged "Time Flies", which has triggered speculation that the announcement may be related to the Apple Watch, and not iPhones. We don't know much about the study yet, but Apple says it will "seek to learn how signals from apps on Apple Watch, such as Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen, could serve as early signs of respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19". (No iPhone 12 yet, sorry.) If you didn't have time to watch the whole presentation, read on for the highlights.

The Series 6 has a dual-core processor based on Apple's A13 Bionic.

The feature requires requires a cellular model of Apple Watch Series 4 and later and will be available at launch with select carrier partners, including AT&T, T-Mobile and (TechCrunch parent's parent) Verizon, and other worldwide carriers.

The Apple Watch Series 6 will start at $399 when it goes on sale on September 18th. Pre-order it now starting at $279.

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