hands on

So you’ve watched Apple’s keynote, and you’ve been keeping up with the news today, but thus far you’ve only seen the new iPads and Retina iMac from either afar or in marketing materials. Obviously, the products are going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following the event today, select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the two new iPads, and 5K iMac, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these clips that show folks trying out the devices for the first time.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3


The Verge:


iMac with Retina 5K display

Laptop Magazine:


The Verge:

Obviously these are just initial impressions, gleaned from a short amount of time with each product in a very controlled environment, so opinions could change after the wow-factor wears off. It’s hard to imagine anyone ever not liking that gorgeous 5K Retina display though.

The new iMac starts at $2,499 and is on sale now, and the new iPads begin at $399 and will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow. Apple hasn’t said, however, when the refreshed tablets will hit store shelves, but if it follows past behavior, they should launch next week.

  • George

    Any idea when Apple will release a lightning cord that actually lasts longer than a month? It’s getting rediculous.

    • Maxim∑

      I heard taking care of it can increase lifespan.

      You can put a pen spring on the base if you use it at high stress angles

      • George

        I have had the same micro usb cord for 4 years and it hasn’t been torn with the same use. The Lightning cords are cheap as hell, not to mention you can’t buy 3rd party lightning cords because Apple is so damn amazing that they need you to only use their perfect accessories.

      • Guest

        You’re just holding it wrong-steve jobs

      • Dan

        I think you just answered your own question. Apple wants you to buy 30$ cables that cost them around 25 cents to make.

      • Jack Wong

        Exactly, the Mcdonalds meal is like 8-9 bucks in Manhattan and it will only cost me not even half of the price to make it.

        By the way, I don’t know how to cook.

      • Buy a micro usb to lightning adaptor. They are extremely cheap [for Apple] and if your micro usb cable breaks just buy another one for a relatively cheap price. This is what I do, the micro usb to lightning adaptor is the best Apple accessory I’ve ever bought

      • Jack Wong

        I am so glad that you are happy with your micro usb device and cable.

        There are many 3rd party lightning cables available.

        Lightning cable is cheap as hell and there is a chipset inside, what about the micro cable?

    • Matt

      Well – ever since I got my 5s in December of 2013 – the cord hasn’t broken. I wonder why…

    • Derrick Goh

      I owned two lightning cords since Dec, 2012. Until now still working fine without any tear & wear.

    • James G

      Just have Apple give you a new one. I walked into a store on Saturday with a worn down cable from my 5S, just showed them my 6 and said “I need a new one.” They didn’t bother looking up my serial or fooling around with an appointment, they just gave me a new one and I walked out. Simple.

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      Well stop walking your dog with it.

    • Beat Modz

      thats weird, i have the same cords since iphone 5 and ipad 4. i havent had a problem. must be defective after i bought mine

    • Jack Wong

      Here is my trick, Belkin charging dock for office, 1 Apple lightning for car and 1 Apple lightning cable for home.

      I have been using the same cable since iPhone 5, they still look like brand new.

      By the way, we can claim for a free replacement online if your iPhone(or your friend’s iPhone) still within warranty, no question ask, I have been doing it for the earpiece and my co-worker lightning cable.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Very disappointed with the iPad Mini 3.

    • Sean Cua

      That’s their strategy, only significantly upgrade one ipad per year so that the next year they’ll have something to show.

      • Aleksandar Kojić

        And also, not to jeopardize good selling of the iPhone 6 plus, I would say.

      • Juschan

        i would say last year both ipads and the 5s were fantastic but why should you give this amazing ipad mini a big update? next year it will be thinner so what 😀

    • Matt

      I think it’s also a strategy to sell more of the larger, more expensive iPads. And perhaps next year they’ll unviel something extraordinary

      • I think with the iPad Air 2 they were mostly targeting older iPad owners. I’ve upgraded from an iPad 3 (if all goes well I’ll have it by next Wednesday) and think many other people have done the same thing and upgraded from the iPad 2, 3, or 4.

        There’s not a lot to make iPad Air owners upgrade so the above is literally the only reason I can come up with.

  • Warmachine69

    I guess the iPod touch is dead ;-( it’s such big part of Apple’s past so sad was such a cool device there will always be a part of me that likes the iPod touch

    • ishyg

      Being stuck in A5 is not cool. They could’ve bumped it up to A6 and keep everything intact and that would be cool.

      • andy

        Of course but they decided to suck big holes!
        Disgrace keynote, i lost respect for them, ios 8.1 coming next monday, tuesday here in australia….
        No, no ,no i feel sad 🙁

    • Juschan

      still in love with my iPod 3rd gen. haha its still works perfectly fine just need its time. i keep on holding on it because it was somehow part of my childhood 😀

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I have the iPad mini with Retina, but I think I’m going to sell it and get the iPad Air 2. Now that I have a bigger iPhone, I think I’m going to get a full sized iPad in order to utilize the larger screen size. Especially at school and work for taking notes and so on.

  • Jonathan Talbot

    Will sell my ipad air to get the ipad air 2! I think its worth the upgrade! 😉

  • stoopisdoop

    Does thunderbolt support 5K ?

  • ClaudieX X

    What Apple did with the iPad Mini 3 is disrespectful. They gonna discontinue the mini series ???? iPhone 6 plus is more lucrative, so mini is over? what the hell are they thinking? 1 year waiting the new ipad mini only to see this bad joke… I’m so mad…

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Just curious as to what your opinions might be. I just bought an iPad Air 2 and am pretty excited about it. Right now I have a 3rd Gen iPad and am curious if it was really worth the upgrade? I mean relatively speaking it seems like a better buy. Those of you that might have a 3rd Gen iPad did YOU upgrade? And even if you had another iPad besides 3rd Gen did you upgrade and tell me why? I’m just wondering if this was a good move on my part.