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Watch the entire first 2020 presidential debate – CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump and democratic nominee Joe Biden took the stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate of 2020. Watch the full event below.

The Supreme Court

President Trump explains why he should be able to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court before the election is over.

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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden make the case for who the American people should trust to address the coronavirus pandemic.

The economy

Donald Trump and Joe Biden defend their record on the economy and explain what they would do to help Americans recover in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Race and law enforcement

The presidential candidates argue for why voters should trust them to deal with race issues and law enforcement in the United States.

Voter choice

Trump and Biden make the case for voters.

Climate change

Debate moderator Chris Wallace pivots to the climate crisis and how Trump and Biden plan to combat this issue in the oval office.

Election integrity

Trump and Biden answer whether they will accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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Apple Watch Series 3 owners deal with random reboots in watchOS 7 – Engadget

We’ve asked Apple for comment on the issue, although watchOS 7.0.1 doesn’t appear to have addressed the glitches. Newer watches (including this author’s Series 5) don’t appear to be affected. It’s also unclear if the problems affect Series 3 watches bought directly from Apple with watchOS 7 already installed.

There’s a good chance this will be patched in an upcoming release. Even so, it’s not a great experience for owners of a device that’s still considered current.

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Apple Watch Series 3 users complain of random reboots, other bugs after updating to watchOS 7 – 9to5Mac

watchOS 7 was released to the general public last week, bringing new watch face features, sleep tracking support, and more to Apple Watch models dating back to the Apple Watch Series 3. Some Apple Watch Series 3 users, however, are reporting a variety issues since installing watchOS 7, including random reboots, poor performance, and more.

On Apple’s support forums, there’s a thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners expressing frustration with device performance since installing watchOS 7. One of the most common complaints seems to be that the Apple Watch Series 3 will randomly reboot multiple times per day with watchOS 7 installed:

I’ve had several reboots a day since updating, it asks me for my passcode and shows blank stats on activity. Never had an issue like this before on Watch OS6 or earlier, surely there has to be a supplement update from Apple to address this?

Multiple Apple Watch Series 3 users refer to watchOS 7 as “the worst” watchOS update that Apple has released so far.

My series 3 completed an auto update overnight to Watch OS7. Today it has shut itself down at least 3 times, locked itself while on my wrist about 4 times, failed to load complications on multiple faces (weather, activity rings, date etc), disconnected from my phone at least twice. This has been the buggiest upgrade I have seen.

On the MacRumors Forums, there’s another thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners voicing frustration with watchOS 7, including complaints of random reboots, laggy performance, and more.

Two things make these complaints even more notable. First, there is no way to downgrade a watchOS 7 update, which means these Apple Watch Series 3 owners can’t downgrade back to watchOS 6. watchOS 7.0.1 was released as a bug fix update this week, but users report that it has not solved their problems.

Secondly, Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3 as part of its Apple Watch lineup, even though it seems as if the aging hardware might struggle to keep up with the new features of watchOS 7. This could also have implications for the availability of future software updates, such as watchOS 8, for the Apple Watch Series 3.

At this point, it’s unclear how widespread these issues are, but judging by the sheer volume of complaints, the problems are likely to already be on Apple’s radar. Have you experienced any of these issues with your Apple Watch Series 3 since updating to watchOS 7? Let us know down in the comments.

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The new Apple Watch Series 6 is the best all-around smartwatch, but don’t buy it just for the blood oxygen sensor – CNBC

Apple Watch Series 6, the new Memoji face looks like me.

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I’ve been testing the new Apple Watch Series 6 for the past week. It’s very similar to the Apple Watch Series 5 launched last year. It even looks the same, unless you check out the new sensors on the bottom or buy one of the the new red or blue models. 

You can’t really think of a new Apple Watch model the same way you do a new iPhone. People buy new phones every couple of years, while the smartwatch market is still just getting started. Canalys expects only 150 million people, total, will have smartwatches in 2020. By way of comparison, Apple was regularly selling more than 200 million iPhones a year up to 2018, when it stopped reporting unit sales.

But people are buying them, even during the coronavirus pandemic and extreme economic uncertainty it’s created — Canalys also said shipments grew 12% in Q1.

So when I think about the new Apple Watch Series 6, I’m still thinking about people who’ve never owned a smartwatch and want to take the plunge. For that audience, it’s the best smartwatch you can buy, although the $399 starting price isn’t cheap, and Apple does offer some less-expensive options.

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The Series 6 does have some options that could spur some upgrades from previous versions, like an always-on screen that gets slightly brighter when you tilt your wrist, which is great for checking notifications or looking at the screen when you’re outdoors. It’s faster than last year’s model thanks to a new chip. It also has a new blood oxygen sensor, but this is meant as a “wellness feature” and not a replacement for a medical-grade device, so don’t buy it for that reason alone.

What’s good

Apple Watch Series 6 in blue

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The Series 6 is a hair faster than last year’s Series 5, opening apps about one second faster, and has a brighter always-on display, which helps when I’m outdoors. These are great if you’re a first-time Apple Watch buyer and want the best model, or if you’re coming from an earlier version that doesn’t have an always-on display and may be starting to feel sluggish. But if you have last year’s model like I do, those aren’t enough reason to upgrade.

I like that it has all of the features introduced in earlier models, like the electrocardiogram option, and provides high and low heart-rate notifications (as the cheaper Series 3 and Series SE do).

The biggest new feature is a blood oxygen sensor. It’s easy enough to use: just open the app, rest your arm on a table and it’ll read out your oxygen.

But I don’t know what I’m supposed to learn from it. Sometimes it says I have a 96% blood oxygen saturation. Sometimes it says 99%. I don’t really know what that means, and Apple doesn’t explain beyond that anything above 90% is normal.

Apple says you might want to use the sensor at high altitudes, like during a hike, to see how you’re adjusting. But you shouldn’t use it for medical purposes, like if you think you might have coronavirus and want to watch your oxygen levels. For that, you should get an FDA-certified device.

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Apple is running three different studies to see how oxygen saturation levels can help people understand their health more. But, for now, don’t use it for medical purposes.

I like the new blue color, which is fun but not too shiny and not too bold like the red model. I appreciate that the colors are offered in the most-affordable aluminum tier, which starts at $399.

If you can spend more, I recommend stepping up to a stainless steel model, since those models and higher (titanium) come with the harder sapphire screens that are way more resistant to scratches than the glass on the regular Series 6. Stainless steel models start at $699 but include cellular sensors, too, so you can place calls, receive texts or stream music without an iPhone nearby.

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Finally, the Apple Watch software is still the best of any smartwatch on the market. It’s fast, there are thousands of apps that you can bring up on your wrist, and it’s a lot of fun to try to close the rings that indicate whether you’re getting enough exercise and burning enough calories. All the models work with Apple Pay so you can tap your watch to buy stuff at the store — particularly convenient during the coronavirus pandemic, when you might not want to touch a payment screen.

I’m also excited for Apple Fitness+, which launches later this year and will provide workout stats right from your Apple Watch, like your heart rate, on an iPad, Apple TV or iPhone, while showing a workout video.

What’s bad?

Trying the blood oximeter.

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My biggest complaint is battery life. Apple still promises 18 hours of on time, which is fine but not great considering Fitbit and Garmin offer many days of battery life. But Apple wins against those with way better software.

At least the Series 6 charges in 1.5 hours, versus 2.5 hours for earlier models. In my case, I just charge it while I’m reading in bed at night and put it back on before bed to use the new sleep tracking feature (also available on earlier models.) I’d love to see two or three days of battery life in future models.

This new band doesn’t have any clasps, just slide it over your wrist.

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It’s a little boring that it still looks pretty much the same as the Series 4 and the Series 5 Apple Watches. On the other hand, I’m not sure what Apple needs to change. It can’t really slim it down while also adding a bigger battery, for example.

Finally, one of my editors has an Apple Watch Series 6 and noticed that the screen didn’t always register to his taps. I didn’t notice this on my unit, but it could be some software bugs that will be worked out over time.

Should you buy it?

Apple Watch Series 6

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It depends who you are.

If you’ve never owned an Apple Watch and want the best, get the Series 6. You won’t be disappointed.

If you want to save some money, consider the Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279. You’ll just miss the always-on display, the slightly faster processor, blood-oxygen tracking and faster charging. But you still get water-resistance, the great software, automatic fall detection, an always-on altimeter and everything else from older models.

If that’s too expensive, you can even go with an Apple Watch Series 3, which starts at $199, for the basics.

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It’s not uncommon for asteroids to pass relatively close to Earth, but it’s rare that we actually get the chance to witness them as they soar by. Sometimes, researchers don’t even know about near-Earth objects until after they have passed, but astronomers discovered Asteroid 2020 SW on Friday, ahead of its visit to Earth. 

The asteroid will make its closest approach to our planet on Thursday. Eager skywatchers have the unique opportunity to witness 2020 SW’s close approach via a live feed, courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project, starting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. 

Dr. Paul W. Chodas, the director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told CBS News on Tuesday that the asteroid will be too faint to see with the naked eye, but viewers with 12-inch telescopes should be able to spot it. “It will be moving quite fast, and the amateur would have to know precisely where to look to find it” by using a star map, Chodas said. 

SW 2020 will get pretty close to Earth, but Chodas said it has “no chance at all” of colliding with us. He said it will come within about 14,000 miles of the planet’s surface.

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An orbit diagram shows 2020 SW’s close approach to Earth. 

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For perspective, the moon is about 240,000 miles away, and the satellites used for television broadcasting and weather are about 23,000 miles away. 

The asteroid is also quite small, measuring somewhere between 14 feet and 32 feet in diameter, according to the CNEOS. It’s so small that Earth’s gravity will likely change its trajectory when it zips by at around 7:12 a.m. E.T. on Thursday.

When the asteroid returns in 2041, it will have a much more distant approach, Chodas said.

In August, asteroid 2020 QG became the closest-ever to Earth, getting within about 1,830 miles of the planet and surviving. It wasn’t discovered until six hours after it passed over the southern Indian Ocean. 

Another asteroid is expected to make a close approach on November 2, just one day before the presidential election in the U.S. Even if that asteroid, 2018 VP1, did hit Earth’s atmosphere, it would be too small to do any damage, according to NASA. 

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Buy an Apple Watch and get a second one for $200 off – CNET

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If it’s time to get Apple Watches for the whole family, AT&T might be about to make your day. For a limited time, if you buy one Apple Watch, you can get a second one for $200 off. The offer covers pretty much any model — the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5, as well as the shiny new Series 6 and Apple Watch SE.

That sounds like a pretty cool deal, but there are definitely some caveats. First and foremost, while the offer covers a broad range of models, it looks like the Series 6 and SE are the only models actually in stock at AT&T right now, so I don’t think that getting a Series 3 or a Series 5 as part of this deal is in the cards.

Moreover, the fine print reveals some restrictions you might not like. You need to add at least one new cellular line at $10 per month, and you need to buy the watches on AT&T’s installment agreement. Personally, I am not jazzed by any of those details, but I understand this might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Also, keep in mind that these are not the only Apple Watch deals to be had right now. The Apple Watch Series 5 is $299 at Walmart, and if that deal expires before you can get to it, there are still some Series 5 refurbs available at Apple for $309.

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How to Watch the 2020 ACM Awards Tonight – Entertainment Tonight

The ACM Awards look a lot different this year, but tonight country music’s biggest stars are still putting on quite the show. Keith Urban is taking his first turn as host of the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards as the show moves from Las Vegas to Nashville after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And we already have some ACM Award winners!

We won’t have the usual crowd of country music fans, as the show is going audience-less, but those watching at home can expect a star-studded lineup of performers that includes Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini and many more.

For all the details on how to watch the 2020 ACM Awards tonight, plus nominees, performers, ET’s coverage and more, read on below.

When are the 2020 ACM Awards? The show will air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8-11 p.m. ET.

How to watch: Tune in on CBS at 8 p.m. ET (delayed on PT) or stream the ACMs on CBS All Access.

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Who’s Hosting?: Keith Urban will be hosting the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Who’s Performing?: A lineup of country’s finest will take the stage from three iconic Nashville venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

Urban, Pink, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi are all set to play.

For all the announced performers, visit acmcountry.com.

Who’s Nominated?: Morris and Rhett lead as two of the most-nominated performers, with an absolutely stacked category for the most-coveted Entertainer of the Year award, that includes Rhett — with his first nod! — as well as Bryan, Church, Combs and Carrie Underwood.

Some of the winners have already been announced. Miranda Lambert, Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King were announced as winners of the ACM Award Music Event of the Year category for “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.” Rhett won the ACM Award Video of the Year category for “Remember You Young,” while Hillary Lindsey won Songwriter of the Year. Other winners include Riley Green for New Male Artist of the Year and Tenille Townes for New Female Artist of the Year.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Who’s Presenting?: Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Clint and Lisa Hartman Black, Bobby Bones, Cam, Darius Rucker and Runaway June have all been tapped to present at the ceremony.

How to watch ET’s coverage: Follow along on ET Live and ETonline.com for all of our 2020 ACM Awards preview coverage, interviews and more. You can also follow in real time on Twitter (@etnow), Instagram (@entertainmenttonight) and our official Facebook page.

After the show, tune in to ET Live’s 2020 ACM Awards after show where ET’s Cassie DiLaura will be joined by Nashville TV host and country music expert Kelly Sutton. They’ll cover all the biggest moments of the night and dig into how the ACM Awards came together amid the coronavirus pandemic: what was live, what wasn’t and what happened behind the scenes. 

To catch the after show, join us on the ET Live app — available in the App Store as well as Google Play, or by downloading the app on your RokuAmazon Fire TV or Apple TV. ET Live also streams on channel 120 on Pluto TV, channel 1253 on Samsung TV Plus and in CBS All Access. You can also visit ETLive.com.

Then, tune in to Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, Sept. 17 (check your local listings) for an ACM Awards recap.

Meanwhile, check the video below for more on the ACM Awards’ star-studded performance lineup!

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Apple Watch Series 6 Blood Oxygen Monitoring Available in Most Countries Worldwide – MacRumors

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Apple yesterday announced the Apple Watch Series 6 with a new sensor that enables blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, but Apple did not clarify which countries the feature would be available in.

Some health capabilities, like ECG and irregular heart rate notifications, have been limited in availability because of regulatory requirements, but it appears that those requirements don’t apply to the blood oxygen monitoring feature.

According to the Apple Watch Feature Availability page, blood oxygen monitoring is available in more than 100 countries, suggesting there are no health-related regulatory issues that Apple has to overcome. A support document on using blood oxygen monitoring does mention that it’s only available in “certain countries and regions,” however, so there may be some omissions.

Those who are interested in purchasing an Apple Watch Series 6 specifically for the feature should double check the availability page to make sure blood oxygen monitoring is supported in their country.

Measuring blood oxygen with the Apple Watch Series 6 is done through the new Blood Oxygen app. It uses a series of red and green LEDs and infrared light to measure the amount of light reflected by the skin, with advanced algorithms using this data to calculate the color of the blood to derive the blood oxygen level. Bright red blood has more oxygen, while darker red blood has less.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is available for purchase from Apple’s online store, with orders set to arrive starting this Friday.

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Here’s How You Can Download iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Around the World [It’s Out]

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Apple’s official public release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 dropped on Wednesday, September 16, just a day after the company released the Golden Master to third-party developers. Also set to be made available to the general public for the first time are watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.
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Apple Updates AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Firmware to Version 3A283

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Apple today released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods are being updated from the 2D15 firmware they were previously running, while the AirPods Pros are being updated from the 2D27 firmware they had installed previously.
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New AirPods Pro Firmware Introduces Spatial Audio Support and Automatic Switching

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The new 3A283 firmware that Apple released for the AirPods Pro today appears to introduce support for Spatial Audio, a new feature coming to the higher-end AirPods with iOS 14.
Multiple reports on Twitter and the MacRumors forums indicate that the firmware update adds a “Spatial Audio” option to the Control Center, which can be activated to enable the feature. Note that using Spatial Audio…

Spotify Says Apple One Bundle Will Cause ‘Irreparable Harm to Developer Community’

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Apple today announced Apple One, a series of new subscription bundles that provide access to various Apple services at a combined monthly price.
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iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Will Be Released September 16

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Apple today announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 will be officially released on Wednesday, September 16. Apple has seeded the final Golden Master beta versions of each update to developers in advance.
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Yesterday’s “Time Flies” Apple event saw the release of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and iPad Air 4, but no new iPhone models. Rumors before the event strongly alleged that it would not see the unveiling of new iPhones, with many reports pointing to an October launch.
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Apple’s virtual “Time Flies” event kicks off today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with Apple expected to debut new Apple Watch and iPad models, but it appears we may not see the iPhone 12 until next month.
While we’re not expecting to see new iPhones today, Apple’s software updates for its various platforms are likely nearly ready for launch, so we may be hearing more about them today. Check…

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Apple has released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the newest operating system updates designed for the iPhone and iPad. As with all of Apple’s software updates, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 can be downloaded for free. iOS 14 is available on the iPhone 6s and later, while iPadOS 14 is available on the iPad Air 2 and later. The updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To …

Everything Apple Announced at Today’s iPad and Apple Watch Event in Just Seven Minutes

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Apple today held its annual September event, but this year was a bit different because no new iPhones were announced. The “Time Flies” event focused on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the iPad Air, and saw the debut of a new Apple One services bundle.
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New Apple Watch and iPad, but no iPhone 12: What to expect from Apple’s September event – CNET

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After months of speculating whether or not we’ll get an iPhone 12 and Apple Watch 6 in the same timeframe as previous years, , Apple has confirmed it will host a September launch event in 2020 — virtually, of course. The company sent out the official invite for Sept.15 at 10a.m. PT that can be accessed via Apple’s website, YouTube channel or through the events app on Apple TV. Any other year, the headliner of this event would be obvious: a new iPhone. But the mess that is 2020 has likely forced some changes to the lineup. 

Though Apple hasn’t released an official statement about what we can expect, the company did warn investors in July that the next iPhone would be delayed by “a few weeks”. A number of outlets, including CNET and Bloomberg, have also suggested we won’t see an iPhone 12 until at least mid-October.

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But even with a new iPhone out of the equation, there’s still a lot left for Apple to announce on Tuesday. We’re expecting new hardware, software and subscription services at this event. 

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The tag line “Time flies” on the invitation hints that the Apple Watch will be the headliner of this event. But there’s also a very clear nod to augmented reality. Clicking on the event logo in Safari prompts the date of the event, 9.15, to appear as an AR animation. This could refer to a time of flight sensor that was rumored to come to the iPhone this year, like the one on the 2020 iPad Pro. Or it could hint at more AR Kit capabilities on the next iPad Air, which is also rumored to get a refresh at this event. 

We can dissect the invite all day, but the only thing we know for certain is the time and date of this event. If 2020 has taught us something, it’s that we really can’t rule anything out. Instead, let’s focus on what we know right now. 

Several Apple Watches and iPads in the pipeline

Apple has filed multiple versions of the iPad and Apple Watch with the Eurasian Economic Commission, as originally reported by French tech site Comsomac. In the past, filings have provided a fairly accurate insight into what Apple may be launching next. 

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to have better battery life for more robust sleep tracking, and at least one new health tracking feature. The strongest rumor seems to be about new SpO2 or blood oxygen level tracking. 

Read more: Apple Watch Series 6 rumors.

The other surprise may be a cheaper version of the Apple Watch, possibly called the Apple Watch SE, with the same look and feel as the current Series 3. It’s likely it would cost the same, starting at $200 , but come with a newer processor. 

The latest rumors about the iPad Air refresh point to a larger screen without bezels and a similar design to the current Pro model. That means flat edges and no home button. Rather than replacing TouchID with FaceID, rumors point to a TouchID sensor integrated into the side button. The updated iPad would likely also get an upgraded processor, as the current Air still uses Apple’s older A10 chip.  It may also switch to USB-C instead of a Lightning connector like the iPad Pro. The better processor would enable more ARKit capabilities, though not quite as advanced as what you get from the iPad Pro with its depth-sensing Lidar scanner. 

Learn more about the expected new iPads here.

Software: WatchOS 7 and iPadOS 14 may get a full release

With the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air out in the wild, it would only make sense for Apple to release their corresponding OS updates as well. 

Releasing the final version of WatchOS 7 is a no-brainer. This update enables sleep tracking on existing Apple Watches (Series 3 or higher) and includes a new hand washing feature. Releasing just iPadOS on its own would be tricky because it’s so interlaced with iOS 14, so Apple might wait to launch the new mobile OS alongside the new iPhone 12 in October. 

New fitness service and a bundle called Apple One

Last year Apple went all-in with subscription services like Apple TV Plus, News Plus, and Apple Arcade, and we may not have seen the last of it. Apple is rumored to be launching a new fitness service with guided workouts, mostly geared to the Apple Watch, but also available to stream on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. There are plenty of third party apps that do this already, but this one would be Apple branded and directly integrated with the Health app, similar to what Fitbit offers with its Premium subscription service that costs $10 per month. 

And if all that sounds like subscription overload, there’s a bundle for that. Apple is also said to be launching a new subscription services bundle called Apple One. 9to5Google even found a reference of this hidden in the code of the Android version of Apple Music

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There’s also a possibility of one more thing at the end of the virtual presentation. If that’s the case, here are a few other products we’ve been hearing rumors about that could make an appearance. In order of most to least likely: 

Join us live for our Apple event preview at 9:30 a.m. PT on Sept. 15 on CNET.com and on YouTube, along with post event analysis following the announcements. 

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Watch Trump fire Obama lookalike in 2012 Apprentice parody video. – Slate Magazine

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