It took me almost a year to commit, but I finally purchased a new iPad for myself! It joins the other two I already own and love, this time I decided to upgrade to the biggest screen, and a much larger memory (for my ever growing digital movie collection!)!
This used to be the device that got me through those boring airplane rides to and from conference. In the old days when conferences weren’t virtual! Now, since we do not allow our son to have a TV in his room, I have to use this as a TV on occasion to stream a show wile he does his gaming or anime watching in the living room, as my spouse is asleep in the bedroom, and I am left without a television. Oh, the sacrifices we parents make!
Of course, within the month, Apple announces their new iPad! Just because they knew I made this huge investment (purchased at my favorite store, Best Buy, where I even saved an extra $50 by price matching!):
iPad— The new eighth-generation iPad introduces a huge leap in performance to the most popular and affordable iPad, so it’s even faster and more powerful.— In combination with iPadOS 14 — available now — and Apple Pencil support, the new iPad gives customers of all ages the freedom to learn, play, work, and connect with ease at home or on the go.— iPad lets kids use creativity to become better communicators and problem solvers, especially with Apple initiatives like Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create, and built-in apps like GarageBand, iMovie, and Clips.— Read more about the new iPad here.
Family Setup— Family Setup allows kids and older adults in the household to set up an Apple Watch through a family members’s iPhone, so for the first time kids can take advantage of the many communication, health, fitness, and safety features of Apple Watch.— Now kids who do not have an iPhone will have the ability to do everything from connect with family and friends through phone calls, Messages and Walkie Talkie, to work toward their personalized Activity goals, to express their creativity through custom Memoji. They can also learn to navigate with Maps, listen to Apple Music, download parent-approved apps, and more, right from their wrist.— Parents will have peace of mind knowing they can reach their child and identify their location, and that all personal data stays securely encrypted.— Family Setup is available with watchOS 7 now on any Apple Watch Series 4 or later, or on the just-announced Apple Watch SE. Apple also just introduced two new Apple Watch models: Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE.— Read more about Family Setup on Apple Watch here.Apple Cash Family— The new Apple Cash Family lets parents easily and securely send their kids money — like an allowance, one-time reward, or spending money — to spend on their iPhone or Apple Watch.— With Apple Cash Family, parents have the ability to see their child’s transactions right on their own iPhone so they have insight into their kid’s purchases and can have informed conversations about spending and financial health.— Kids can use money on their Apple Cash card to make purchases anywhere Apple Pay is accepted including in stores and online. Sending money remains as simple as sending a text in Messages, so you can always ensure your kids will have the money they need, no matter where you are.— Apple Cash Family will be available with iOS 14 and watchOS 7.
Apple One— Apple One is the easiest way to get all of Apple’s subscription services in one simple plan, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and iCloud.— The Apple One Family plan offers Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members, for a savings of over $8 per month.— The Apple One Premier plan offers Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members, for a savings of over $25 per month.— Starting this fall, customers with Apple subscriptions will be recommended the right Apple One plan for them so they can sign up with a tap from any Apple device and get even more for less.— Read more about Apple One here.