Hands-on with Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and AirPods

By , Sep 7, 2016

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Following its big iPhone 7 event this morning, Apple gave journalists the opportunity to go hands-on with some of the new products it announced today including the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods. And as usual, we’ve rounded up some videos of these first impressions so you can get a better look at the new hardware.

Apple Watch Series 2

iPhone 7


Both the Apple Watch Series 2 and iPhone 7 will be available for pre-order on September 9, and start shipping September 16, with starting prices of $369 and $649 respectively. The AirPods have a more vague “late October” launch date, and will start at $159.

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  • Crefus Williams

    I wish that he would’ve gave a more in depth review of the airpods…I’d like to know how you turn up the volume, answer a call..etc? I read on the site and it stated ‘double tap to bring up siri’…it would suck to have to invoke siri just to do such simple tasks

    • Jayy

      You tap the sides there is a sensor. Most likely it’s like the tap once to play pause/ pick up / end call. twice, next track , three times go back. Idk how turning up / down volume works though.

      • Martynet


    • It appears currently that most of those interactions would need to be done via SIRI as one of the examples they specifically state on the site is that you can ask her to adjust the volume.

      However as far as the interactions go, if you own an apple watch it should be super easy to do almost everything. Call notifications, music playback controls for your phone, and more can be adjusted right from your wrist. I think if I got these I’d expect to use them to listen to audio and to do 90% of my interactions via my watch.

      One last thought is that to pause the music is as simple as taking one out of your ear. If someone asks you a question you can simply remove one airpod and the music will instantly pause.

      • Crefus Williams

        I think you’re right… It would suck if I had to buy an Apple watch just to get a well rounded experience out of these airpods though.

    • Jayy

      Edit: nvm I thought I heard them say doing the keynote you can tap them to answer calls ect… I still feel like it did!

      • Crefus Williams

        If that’s the case (adjusting volume by invoking Siri) then these aren’t all that I imagined. But maybe we are jumping the gun, just think.. There has to be a way to answer your phone without having to physically handle your phone while wearing these, right? I’d hate to think that Apple has taken away the simple conveniences that we’ve grown accustomed to in their products.

      • Jayy

        I agree! Cause if you can double tap to enable Siri I’m sure there has to be a tap method to pick up a phone call and pause / play music without having to say “Turn the volume up” while people stare and cringe at you lol

    • Crefus Williams

      A hands on review via Mac World confirmed that you must indeed invoke Siri to control volume etc. Double tap to invoke Siri, which in turn pauses the music and then give Siri the command. All of a sudden I’m not so excited about these.

  • M_Hawke

    Ah! A short review on the courageous AirPods!

    • XT

      I see what you did there

  • Antonio®

    iPhone 7 or iphone 7 plus?

    • Mr.DnQ

      same here… Don’t know what to choose…i normally always have the normal model but the camera makes me want to have the plus. But it’s so big

      • Jayy

        You get used to it to the point where that 4.7 inch screen looks soooo small. (iPhone 6s Plus owner)

      • jOn Garrett

        But I thought you said 3.5″ was perfect?

      • Jayy

        I did? Idk maybe I did say that when I upgraded to the iPhone 4 from
        My blackberry curve in 2010.

      • Y2J

        When I first got my 6S+ I was a little iffy but after about two days I got used to it and now my girlfriends 6 feels ridiculously small. It’s not as big as it seems

    • Julio Hernandez

      7 Plus seems like it’s more worth it if you want the bigger screen for more media consumption and if you’re into photography

    • jOn Garrett

      Galaxy 7

      • Andrieux Querido

        HAHA BOOOOMM don’t keep it on your pocket you can get hurt.

      • jOn Garrett

        No issues with the S7/S7 Edge HOWEVER, several people have died using iPhones.

    • Martynet

      7 plus jet black 256 GB 🙂

  • askep3

    anybody have hands on with the jet black iphone? All the videos did the other colors.

  • jOn Garrett

    Welcome to a bit of 2011, 2013 & 2014.

    • Crim Nino

      And what’s in 2016 that’s useful and I really mean useful on smartphone? People cried about apple not having a battery you can take out so everyone else followed apple, everyone cried about apple going 64 bit so everyone else followed, now people are crying over the 3.5 being gone and the rest will follow.

      • jOn Garrett

        What’s useful in 2016–really seriously useful? Fast charging. Who doesn’t want to go zero to hero in 30 minutes? Samsung has both wireless and wired fast charging. I can plug my S7 Edge into the charger while I shower and get dressed and have enough battery to get through the whole day. Samsung Pay works everywhere Apple and Google doesn’t, heart rate, spO2 and other sensors–why have a health and fitness app if you can’t check your vitals on your phone!!! on an iPhone you have to enter data manually or buy 3rd party hardware. Having multiple profiles on your phone, adding storage the those 2k and 4k videos that on an iPhone you can’t even watch because you’re stuck at 2011’s 720p or 2012’s 1080p. Split screen support, S pen, don’t tell me it’s not cool to be able to take notes on your screen while it’s off

      • Martynet

        Looks like you don’t know lots of things and some things, you will probably never understand…
        2011…2013…2014… what…the..f*ck… you’re…talking…about?? Wake up man.

  • James G

    Why doesn’t anyone do a comparison of Jet Black and Matte black and smudginess.

  • jaimem17

    So $159 for some meh earphones? No thanks…