Garmin expands its Approach® with a new lineup of GPS devices to help golfers improve their game

Including the Approach S42 golf smartwatch, Approach S12 golf watch and Approach G12 GPS rangefinder

OLATHE, Kan./March 16, 2021/Business Wire – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced new additions to its popular Approach series of GPS golf products – the Approach S42 smartwatch, the Approach S12 watch, and the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder – all with more than 42,000 preloaded courses so golfers can walk onto any tee box with confidence. Across the board, the new Approach lineup offers exemplary battery life and supports connectivity with Garmin’s very own club tracking sensor and the Garmin golf app1 which makes it easier than ever to upload scorecards, review performance stats and much more.

  • With the Approach S42, golf with style and rely on smartwatch capabilities to easily transition on and off the course.
  • Avid players can rely on the easy-to-use Approach S12 and focus on a practical golf watch solution designed to obtain key yardages to the green, hazards, doglegs and more.
  • And with the Approach G12, players can glance at golf data – like distances to the green — from a compact GPS rangefinder that clips on to their pocket or golf bag.

“Garmin brings technology to the forefront with the new Approach product line to help golfers play their best game while staying competitive and connected within the golfing community,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “From smartwatches to GPS rangefinders, our latest Approach devices will also equip novice and veteran golfers alike with precision, style and attention to detail on every swing.”

Three of a kind 

The Approach S42, Approach S12, and Approach G12 share a host of features to benefit golfers of every skill level:

  • Link with the Garmin Golf™ app to participate in weekly leaderboards, tournaments, review live scoring, strokes gained analysis, automatic scorecard uploads and much more.
  • Pair with the optional Approach CT10 club sensors for automatic club tracking to see how far players hit each club.
  • Gain precise yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green, hazards, doglegs, layups and more, thanks to a built-in high sensitivity GPS that zeroes in on a player’s location.
  • Use the Green View feature to see each green’s true shape and to move the pin for better yardage accuracy, regardless of where a golfer is on the course.

Golf with style

The lightweight Approach S42 offers an easy-to-read 1.2-inch color touchscreen display with a sleek design that easily transitions from a daily timepiece to a comprehensive golf watch. Once on the course, golfers can rely on a loaded feature set that includes the AutoShot round analyzer to track and auto-record shot distances.2  Golfers can wear the smartwatch in and out of the golf course and peruse smart notifications3 and activity-tracking features4 that include steps, sleep, calories, vibration alerts, move bar and built-in sport profiles. Whether golfers are looking for style points or sportiness, switching bands is easy with the Approach S42’s quick release bands. Enjoy more time on the links thanks to the Approach S42’s versatile battery life that lasts up to 15 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode.

Ready to tee off 

Easy-to-use and practical for beginners and seasoned players alike, the Approach S12 includes interchangeable quick release bands and introduces a unique round watch design with a 1.3-inch sunlight-readable high-resolution display. Thanks to the new Big Numbers display mode, Approach S12 makes it easier than ever to read yardage numbers during play. When paired with the Garmin Golf app on a compatible smartphone, the Approach S12 wirelessly updates a player’s most frequently played golf courses for up-to-date course information. Golfers can confidently play round after round thanks to the Approach S12’s internal, rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 hours in GPS mode.

Clip and play

Golfers can fine-tune their game with the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder featuring a thin, compact design with a 1.3-inch high-resolution sunlight readable display that lasts up to 30 hours on a single battery charge. Offering all the benefits included in the Approach S12, the versatile Approach G12 GPS rangefinder adds a built-in clip and a lanyard loop to securely attach the device to pockets or golf bags.

Available now, the Approach S42 GPS golf smartwatch has a suggested retail price of $299.99; the Approach S12 GPS golf watch has a suggested retail price of $199.99; and the Approach G12 GPS golf rangefinder has a suggested retail price of $149.99. To learn more about these products and Garmin’s full line of golf electronics, visit

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1Requires app on your compatible smartphone.

2Lie and ball contact may affect shot tracking. Putts are not tracked. Some shots, particularly chip shots around the green, may not be tracked.

3When paired with a compatible smartphone; see

4See; sleep tracking available when paired with your compatible smartphone; see

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Reimagining The Experience Of Aerial Creativity, Mavic Air 2 Is The Smartest, Safest And Easiest-To-Fly Consumer Drone to Date

Get Ready To Up Your Creative Game With The New DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today ushers in a new era of aerial creativity with the Mavic Air 2 drone, combining high-grade imaging, intuitive yet advanced flight performance and revolutionary smart and safe technology in the best all-around drone we’ve ever made.

Created to make capturing unique, high-quality content from the air simple, fun, and safe, Mavic Air 2 offers flagship capabilities in a compact and easy to use folding drone that features 8K functionality. A larger 1/2” camera sensor offers high-resolution photos and videos to make content stand out, while advanced programmed flight modes, intelligent features and imaging technology make capturing professional-looking content effortless. Pilots can now stay in the sky longer with an enhanced maximum flight time, capture vivid imagery with completely revamped autonomous capabilities, and wholly transform their content with in-app editing features.

“Mavic Air 2 is another milestone for DJI, demonstrating that our smartest consumer drone does not have to be the largest,” said DJI President Roger Luo. “While the Mavic Air 2 bears all the hallmarks of the Mavic drone family, we had to completely rethink its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that offered the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot. We hope our drones can help boost creativity and become a fun yet educational experience that can be enjoyed, even at this unprecedented moment in history.”

Robust Imaging Capabilities for Every Type of Creator

The new Mavic Air 2 reimagines how quality content can be captured in a portable, folding drone. No matter the skill level of the pilot, Mavic Air 2’s features and technology are sure to appeal to every creative visionary. Mavic Air 2 is the first drone in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60 fps and 120 Mbps. Additionally, users can record unique content using HDR video[1], 4X Slow Motion in 1080p at 120 fps or 8X Slow Motion in 1080p at 240 fps. Pilots can record 12-megapixel[2] images or choose a new high-resolution 48-megapixel feature that photographs in stunning detail, while a mechanical 3-axis gimbal helps compensate for camera shake to create smooth and stable footage, even in unpredictable scenarios. Taking full advantage of the large Quad Bayer 1/2″ sensor, the Mavic Air 2 is the perfect tool to take creativity to the next level with a suite of image capture modes. The newly added SmartPhoto records 12-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose one of three image capture options.

  • HDR photos: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures seven varying exposures of the same photograph, merging them together to bring out a highly dynamic image.
  • Hyperlight: Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios, taking multiple photographs and merging them to bring out a clear image with less of the noise which usually occurs in low-light scenes.
  • Scene Recognition: Mavic Air 2 can recognize five categories of scenes including sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees, then optimize settings to make the photograph pop by bringing out the highest degree of color, detail, and tones.

Unparalleled Flight Performance

Mavic Air 2 completely rebuilt the basics of drone flight to open up the skies for more exploration for everyone who is passionate about drone technology. Despite only weighing as much as a small water bottle at 570 grams, the Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESCs), enhanced battery technology and an aerodynamic design to provide a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes. DJI’s proprietary OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has been upgraded to deliver an extremely reliable and stable HD video feed from the drone at a maximum distance of 10km[3]. OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands and uses an auto-switching feature to move between the two based on signal strength, while anti-interference technology blocks unwanted signals to keep the video feed clear.

Setting a New Standard for Drone Safety

Mavic Air 2 is equipped with unprecedented new safety features to help make flying as safe as possible. Obstacle sensors on the front and rear of the drone warn pilots when they’re too close to an object and can also be set to stop the drone from moving any closer to avoid collision. Additional sensors and auxiliary lights on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 assist with several functions including smooth, automatic landing even in difficult lighting. Mavic Air 2 also comes equipped with our GEO geofencing solution to help keep drones away from the highest-risk locations, such as busy airports.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0 brings the next level of autonomous flying to DJI drones. When users enable APAS 3.0, as obstacles come into the drone’s path, Mavic Air 2 will create a new path around, under or over the object to avoid collision, giving pilots the confidence to fly in more complex situations while focusing on capturing their ideal images. Using 3D mapping, the updated version aids in smooth transitions and more fluid movements around objects even in highly complex environments.

In accordance with DJI’s industry-leading 10-point Elevating Safety vision published last year, Mavic Air 2 is also DJI’s first consumer drone designed to include AirSense technology[4], which provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby. AirSense uses aviation technology known as ADS-B to receive signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, and displays their location on the drone pilot’s control screen. As these other aircraft approach the drone, AirSense will warn the drone pilot with messages, sounds and vibrations, enhancing the pilot’s awareness and ability to move the drone safely away.

“DJI has an unwavering commitment to enhance drone safety with technology, and Mavic Air 2 implements yet another pioneering safety solution for drone operations,” said DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman. “Our ambitious commitment to installing ADS-B in our new product models means Mavic Air 2 will be the world’s largest single deployment of ADS-B receiver technology, fulfilling and furthering our vision as the industry’s leader on voluntary safety efforts.”

Powerful Intelligent Features

Mavic Air 2 is packed with optimized intelligent features allowing users to quickly and easily record images and video that deserves to be shared with the world. FocusTrack[5] is the most advanced tracking feature on any DJI drone and offers three different capture modes:

  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow. The third iteration of ActiveTrack uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject tracking and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object.
  • Point of Interest 3.0: Set an automated flight path around a specific subject. The updated iteration improves surface recognition to better dynamically track subjects.
  • Spotlight 2.0: Found in professional DJI drones, Spotlight locks a subject in the frame while the user has free operation of the drone’s movement.

A Hyperlapse feature brings the visual appeal of timelapse but with the added element of the drone physically moving. For the first time, Hyperlapse can be shot in a max resolution of 8K[6] while pilots can choose four flight modes including Free movement, Circle, CourseLock and WayPoints. Pilots can also choose from several pre-programmed flight maneuvers known as QuickShots, which use a 3-axis mechanical gimbal and electronic image stabilization for unmatched video quality. Simply tap the desired mode and Mavic Air 2 will automatically create stunning, cinematic content. Pilots can choose Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang or Asteroid.

Intuitive App, Convenient Editing and a Wealth of Accessories

An updated version of the DJI Fly app adds more advanced functionality for Mavic Air 2 while maintaining its user-friendly navigation. New tutorials get users familiarized with the drone and quickly in the air to start capturing compelling footage. Easy to use in-app editing features make the DJI Fly app a one-stop tool to edit and adjust the footage captured. Mavic Air 2 will be supported by a host of additional useful accessories including a shoulder bag, ND filter sets, propeller guards, protective case, tablet holder for the controller and monitor hood.

Pricing and Availability

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new complexities for global shipping and logistics of many products. As a result, the Mavic Air 2 will be initially available for immediate purchase in China today while other regions will begin taking preorders today with an expected ship time of mid-May. Mavic Air 2 will be available in two purchasing options: a standard package which includes Mavic Air 2, one battery, remote controller and all the required wires and cables for $799 USD, and the Fly More option which includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries for $988 USD. Mavic Air 2 is available for preorder through all authorized retailers as well DJI’s online store:

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for Mavic Air 2. For a small  additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage for incidents such as collision and water damage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details and pricing, please visit:

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According to IHS Markit, the global console market grew from $42 billion in 2017 to $47 billion in 2018, buoyed by a record high in the digital content and services sector. The sale of digital games, downloadable content and games as a service raked in $32 billion last year. That pinnacle is expected to be broken this year with nearly $34 billion in revenue generated.

Game on: Google Stadia and Others Press Play on the Future of Gaming

A pair of newcomers — Google and Apple — are entering the gaming space in a big way, taking on Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. Not resting on their laurels, Sony and Microsoft have “next generation” consoles on tap for 2020 releases, while Nintendo is readying a lower-priced Switch to target a broader console gaming audience.

In the traditional console video game business, the bestselling devices of all time like Sony’s PlayStation 2 (155 million units sold worldwide) and Nintendo’s Wii (over 101 million sold globally) have only reached a fraction of the potential gaming audience, according to Jack Buser, director of games, business development at Google.

Mobile phones using the data cloud, retro style.

Google is targeting billions of gamers globally with its new cloud-based streaming service, Stadia, launching later this year. “The long-term vision is to take Stadia anywhere you might have YouTube,” Buser explains.

That YouTube connection goes even further, as Google demonstrated at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC). It showed gamers watching a video game trailer or Let’s Play video on YouTube jump into gameplay immediately by clicking the “Play Now” button. Buser says this opens up opportunities for streamers and YouTube gaming influencers, who can now invite fans into their games with the click of a button.

Considering that consumers watched over 50 billion hours of video game content on YouTube in 2018, and over 200 million fans watch YouTube gaming videos daily, that’s a powerful marketing tool. Because Stadia is cloud-based (using Google’s global network of data centers), gamers can seamlessly transition from gaming on their living room TV to their laptop to their mobile device — using their same Google account. Doom Eternal, an intense 4K first-person horror shooter from id Software, was demonstrated at GDC across multiple platforms.


Stadia will stream games in 4K running at 60 frames per second. Buser says all that’s needed is an internet connection of 30 megabits per second. Stadia will automatically optimize the gameplay experience to the highest quality based on your bandwidth, Buser adds. says more than 189.3 million smart TVs are in the global market. Each of those TVs now becomes a high-end gaming system, thanks to Stadia’s powerful hardware stack, which combines server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage. Buser adds that Google’s data center infrastructure means Stadia technology will never become obsolete, which is an issue with current game consoles, PCs and mobile devices.

While there will be a free version of Stadia offered, users can pay $9.99 a month to get free games, exclusive discounts and the ability to stream up to a 4K resolution.

Further, the Stadia controller connects the gameplay experience across any device, and Google.

“The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4K resolution,” Buser says. “And it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.”

Stadia’s success will revolve around pricing and exclusive games, according to Joost van Dreunen, managing director of Super Data Research, a Nielsen company. “The hopeful utopian perspective here is that as cloud gaming delivers on its promise of facilitating play of any high-quality game on any device, the market will grow,” says van Dreunen.

“We already see the positive benefits this had for music and video. And Stadia’s initial leadership team suggests that they are serious with industry luminaries like Phil Harrison, who held key positions at both Sony (where he oversaw 13 studios, including Sony’s most successful) and Microsoft, and Jade Raymond, who’s held executive positions at Ubisoft and EA. It suggests that Google may go about cloud gaming differently than it has with other forms of entertainment.”

Buser says a team of global developers are creating exclusive titles for Stadia, including games designed specifically to take advantage of YouTube integration. “Because these games are running in Google gaming data centers, which are all connected, we can support large-scale multiplayer games where thousands, if not millions, of people are playing in a single connected world, and you can jump into this world through YouTube from any entry point,” Buser explains.

The evolution of gaming into the digital space continues with Google’s commitment to gaming. Piper Jaffray analysts Michael J. Olson and Yung Kim forecast that by 2020 game software sales will be completely digital as streaming and subscription models become more popular.

“Google’s announcement marks a key milestone in the game industry’s history,” says van Dreunen. “It is in part because video games have become a mainstream form of entertainment that a non-endemic participant like Google has an opportunity to enter,” he adds. “It also gives us part of a vision of the future in what we traditionally know about console gaming is starting to evolve. After digitizing gaming software over the last decade, the industry is now starting to digitize its hardware.”

It’s Game on with Apple Arcade

While Apple has incorporated game developers like Epic Games and its Infinity Blade mobile franchise into past press conferences, the company has never gone all-in with gaming until now. Apple is launching a subscription-based service this fall that will immediately impact the free-to-play mobile, desktop and TV gaming ecosystems, which has enticed huge audiences from franchises like Candy CrushFortnite and Hearthstone with the ability to generate income through in-game purchases.

“The Stadia controller connects the gameplay experience across any device, and Google is rolling it out with its service.”

Apple has not confirmed its subscription pricing, leaving fans wondering if there will be a handpicked collection of all-you-canplay games with no ads, additional purchases or ad tracking. The service will feature new and original games from studios of all sizes, as well as exclusives from veteran game creators like Hironobu Sakaguchi (the Final Fantasy series), Ken Wong (Monument Valley) and Will Wright (The Sims series).

“The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room,” says Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.”

Apple is not just handpicking the games in Apple Arcade, but also contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life. The service will feature games from Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Konami, Mistwalker, ustwo games and dozens more.

Apple Arcade will introduce a collection of brand-new games that will not be available on any other mobile platform or in any other subscription service. Rather than pay up front for each game, a subscription will give players the opportunity to try any game in the service without risk. Since every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Every game is playable offline, and many games offer support for game controllers. Because subscribers can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, they can pick up where they left off in a game, even if they switch devices. New games will be added to the service on a regular basis.

“The subscription-based service is a deviation from what has allowed Apple to become an absolute juggernaut in the industry: by offering premium titles for a fixed monthly fee, it effectively forfeits the free-to-play revenue that drives its success,” says Super Data Research’s van Dreunen. “Nevertheless, Apple is looking to build on its success in mobile gaming by adding a new business model and playing a more significant role outside of mobile.”

Sony Confirms Next Gen PlayStation for 2020

While PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console of the current generation of hardware (over 96 million units sold), Sony has spent the past four years developing its next PlayStation device. The PlayStation 5, which is the anticipated name for the latest in Sony’s long line of successful hardware, will ship in 2020.

Sony skipped the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for the first time. But the hardware giant confirmed its next generation console is heading to store shelves next year via an exclusive Wired Magazine interview with Mark Cerny, Sony’s PlayStation architect.

Sony recently shipped development kits to game studios worldwide, so games are in the works from both internal Sony studios and external developers, with titles that will take advantage of the machine’s powerful new AMD chips. For those techies out there, the CPU (central processing unit) is AMD’s Ryzen line, while the graphics processing unit (GPU) is AMD’s Radeon Navi technology.

What this means for gamers is visuals beyond anything PS4 Pro can deliver in 4K with high dynamic range (HDR). In fact, PS5 will support 8K, which opens the door for legions of gamers who will soon have a reason to upgrade from their 4K TVs to an 8K model.

But Cerny also focused on an incredible leap of audio technology with the new console, the one area that advanced processing power failed to significantly upgrade in the transition from PS3 to PS4. Sony has been working with immersive surround sound audio with its PlayStation VR hardware, which has sold over four million units to date. “Presence,” a key term in delivering a completely immersive experience in virtual reality, is something that Sony is focusing on for its non-VR experiences with the new PlayStation, says Cerny. Gamers will be able to hear enemies sneaking up from behind. When alien spacecrafts rush overhead in the game, it will be completely immersive.

Another element that Cerny promised will separate the new console from any previous generations is the inclusion of a powerful internal solid-state drive (SSD). As games become larger and more complex, even disc-based titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 require massive amounts of data to be stored on a hard drive and then accessed when moving from one area to another in the game world. What once took 15 seconds to do — and forced game makers to create cut scenes or custom lobbies to mask the loading times — will now require a fraction of a second.

Microsoft Cross-Platform Gaming

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been touting cross-platform gaming within its Xbox and Windows 10 ecosystems with its Xbox Play Anywhere platform and more recently its Xbox Game Pass digital titles. One price allows gamers to play games like Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves on Xbox One or Windows 10 devices. Now the tech giant is testing Project XCloud, a gamestreaming technology that Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice president of Gaming Cloud at Microsoft, says will complement its console hardware and give gamers more choices.

“We love what’s possible when a console is connected to a 4K TV with full HDR support and surround sound — that remains a fantastic way to experience console gaming,” Choudhry says. “We also believe in empowering gamers to decide when and how to play.”

Choudhry envisions a future where gamers can seamlessly access content on their phone, tablet or another connected device. “True console-quality gaming will become available on mobile devices, providing the two billion-plus gamers around the world a new gateway to previously console- and PC-exclusive content,” Choudhry says. “We can achieve this vision with the global distribution of Microsoft’s data-centers in 54 Azure regions and the advanced network technologies developed by the team at Microsoft Research.”

At this year’s E3, Microsoft unveiled some basic details about its next generation console, currently titled Project Scarlett. Complete with a custom-designed AMD processor and other next-gen upgrades, the console is expected to arrive in the 2020 holiday season. Accompanying its release is the game Halo Infinite, the next installment of the blockbuster Xbox-exclusive series.

Like Sony and its PS4 Pro, Microsoft offered a slight upgrade to its Xbox One console in 2017 with its Xbox One X and Xbox One S. Microsoft also launched the Xbox One S All Digital Edition last year, which stripped away the disc drive. All of these consoles support 4K gaming with full HDR.

“We’re excited about our ability to deliver a best-in-class global streaming technology,” Choudhry says.