Apple releases new Watch and iPad, but no sign of the iPhone 12

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<p>Three new Apple Watches were shown off, as was the updated version of watchOS.</p><p>The marquee new feature is a pulse oximeter which allows the wearable to detect blood oxygen levels by using red and infrared light to measure the colour of wearers' blood.</p><p>This will be used with researchers in three studies focusing on respiratory diseases, including asthma and <strong><a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19</a></strong>.</p><p>The Apple Watch 6 will be available for £379 from 18 September, while the high-end version with GPS and cellular capabilities costs £479.</p><p>Apple also announced the launch of a cheaper device, the Apple Watch SE, which will be available from £269 with just GPS, or £319 with GPS and cellular capabilities.</p><p>As part of the company's move to generate revenue from services as well as its hardware devices, it announced a new Fitness+ service allowing Apple Watch users to take part in programmed workouts with world-leading fitness experts, with performance measured by the Apple Watch.</p><p>Access to Fitness+ and other services is now available in a bundle called Apple One. This will be priced at £29.95 per month in a premier version which can be shared among family members, or for £14.95 per month on a limited subscription with fewer services.</p><p>The company also introduced its most powerful ever chip, the A14 Bionic, which will be available in the new iPad Air 4, available from £579.</p><p>The chip was described as "by far the most advanced we've ever made" with transistors so small they "challenge the laws of physics" with about 11.8 billion packed into a single chip.</p><p>"We're talking about a scale so small, they're measured in atoms," the company said.</p><p>It is the first time such a chip has been announced in any product line other than the iPhone, potentially due to the delayed release date which the company warned investors about earlier this year.</p><p>According to Apple the iPad Air 4 is three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook.</p><p>The iPhone 12 is expected to be the company's first 5G device and will be launched at an event in October, according to reports.</p>