Two Apple watches announced: The Apple Watch Series 6 & the SE

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‘Apple Christmas’ may be all over the place this year, and while we’re still yet to hear anything official about the iPhone 12 beyond it’s expected to come in October, there’s still been some great technology announced overnight (September 16) at Apple’s September event – and the new Apple Watches took centre stage.

There’s two Apple Watches on the way, not just the one usual release. Rather, there’s the new high-tech and high-price watch, the Apple Watch Series 6, and a new budget model, the SE, perfect for anyone that doesn’t want to throw too much cash at Apple.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get to it.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 – iPhone’s new high-spec counterpart

If you’re all about the newest and best technology Apple has to offer, then last night would have certainly satisfied, as would the Apple Watch Series 6 itself. Building on the technology found in last year’s Series 5, the Series 6 features welcome changes to performance, some great colours, and an interesting blood oxygen sensor for fitness-oriented users.

It’s got the same basic design as its other Watch counterparts – a glass square on a band – but this year’s version will include Apple’s new S6 chipset: a dual-core chip, which performs 20% faster according to Apple.

On top of this faster speed, the Series 6 brings with it blood oxygen sensing. With the sensor sitting on the bottom of the device where it meets the skin, you can measure your blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, and track your fitness. The Watch also has automatic handwashing detection, as do watchOS 7 devices.

You’ll be able to order the Watch Series 6 in Blue and Product RED, along with Graphite and Yellow Gold, with a huge variety of loops to choose from. The Series 6 will cost AU $599 and up for the WiFi/GPS-only version, and from $749 for WiFi and cellular connectivity, and will be available in Australia from September 18.

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After a Smart Watch? Get a phone plan to match

New technology is always exciting, especially smart watches – and especially when it looks as flashy as what Apple offers. But you’ll definitely need a phone plan to match, to really get the best out of your watch. Phone plans are always being changed to offer more data and inclusions, and it’s always worth keeping an eye on the phone plan market. Below you’ll find some great plans to choose from, perfect for the upcoming release of the iPhone 12 too!

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

The Apple Watch SE: An affordable Smart Watch from Apple

If spending lots of money isn’t your style, but you’re still interested in picking up a Smart Watch from Apple and don’t want to get an older model, the SE is made for you. The SE uses technology found in the Series 5, notably the processor, design and heart rate monitor, and has all the same features as its Series counterparts without all the expensive additions. Despite this, it has the same accelerometer and gyroscope as the Series 6

The SE will be available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey, all aluminium, with a huge variety of loops to choose from. The SE is priced from just AU$429 for WiFi/GPS, and $499 for WiFi and cellular, and will be available in Australia from September 18.

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Keeping it cheap? Consider the iPhone SE

The iPhone 12 may be right around the corner – so while the iPhone 11 might not be the best sales pitch if you want a flagship phone, the iPhone SE is a perfect alternative if you’re looking for something cheaper. The iPhone SE is the budget phone from Apple, using all of the new phone technology wrapped up in a classic iPhone design, just without the wide screen. It’s the perfect match for the Watch SE. Below you’ll find some tables of the affordable iPhone.

36-Month Plans for the 64GB iPhone SE

The following table shows selected published 64GB iPhone SE plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

24-Month Plans for the 64GB iPhone SE

The following table shows selected published 64GB iPhone SE plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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