Apple Event 2020: Apple Introduces Low-Cost Apple Watch SE, Fitness+
Making the announcement at Apple Event 2020 on Tuesday, September 15, Apple COO, Jeff Williams said;
The second thing we’re doing to make Apple Watch available to even more people is to create a new model that combines elements of Series 6 design with the most essential features of Apple Watch, all at a more affordable price.
The Apple Watch SE uses the S5 system-on-a-chip, which was first released for the Apple Watch Series 5.
However, it has the same, big display as the one on the Series 6. It also has the same accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and altimeter as the ones in the Series 6.
In addition, because the Apple Watch SE shares the same design as the Apple Watch Series 6, most recent complications and watch faces that are going to be introduced with watchOS 7 can still be used.
Apple Watch Series 6 costs $399 while Apple Watch SE will be available at a starting price of $279 for the 40mm GPS aluminum model.
The company is also positioning the Apple Watch SE as a way to offer an Apple Watch to your kid.
There is a cellular model, which means you can communicate with your kid without handing them a smartphone.
The Apple Watch SE will be available on Friday. Pre-orders start today.
It is called Apple Fitness+, and will cost $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year.
The service will offer workout classes spanning many categories, including cycling and yoga. Apple says it will add new workout sessions on a weekly basis.
Apple is offering the first three months free with the purchase of a watch. Family will also be able to use Fitness+ for no additional charge.
The launch of Fitness+ builds on the growing number of health metrics already available on the Apple Watch, including heart rate, calories burned, pace and distance.
This new service folds in a catalog of the video workouts that can be viewed on a user’s iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
Once a user launches a video, it communicates with and starts the correct workout in their Apple Watch workout app.
The user’s health metrics are sent in real time to whatever screen they are using to watch the workout video. Those metrics change as the workout progresses.