After months of rumors and speculation, Apple this afternoon announced the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its Town Hall auditorium in Cupertino. Apple claims that the iPad Air 2 is the world’s thinnest tablet at just 6.1mm thick, which is astonishingly thin when you compare it to the already slim iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that launched last month.
Following the nearly two-hour keynote, Apple chief executive Tim Cook invited members of the press across the hall to try out the new iPad Air 2 and other products announced at the event for themselves. As a result, there are several first impressions and hands-on time for the iPad Air 2 that have been published by major tech publications today.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into what some of the more influential tech publications and journalists have to say about the new flagship iPad. Just ahead, we’ve gathered some interesting comments, pictures and hands-on videos from Bloomberg, The Verge, TechRadar, TechnoBuffalo, CNET, TechCrunch, Gizmodo and Business Insider.
“The new iPad Air feels a lot like the old iPad Air, and that’s a good thing, But it’s amazing the difference that shaving just a little more off of the thickness of the device can do, in terms of its overall presence in the hand. This iPad Air definitely feels more portable, and I’d imagine will be a lot more comfortable to hold over longer periods, thanks to the additional size and weight savings.”
“Not only is it way, way thinner than the smaller iPad mini 3 — and this will sound crazy — but it feels lighter too. Even though it’s nearly a quarter of a pound heavier, the 6.1mm-thin chassis is so thin and easy to lift with a single hand that it makes the mini seem downright fat by comparison. I feel like I could hold it over my head in bed without any worry of smacking myself. Not something I can say about any other 10-inch tablet.”
“The iPad Air 2 is the very definition of iterative. Like the jump from the iPad 3 to the iPad 4 (also known as the move from the “new iPad” to the “new iPad”) nothing much has really changed here beyond it becoming thinner and gaining Touch ID.
The power is upped, the battery lasts longer and the device is less heavy – but it’s Touch ID that’s the real win here, as it allows the iPad to be a one-tap wonder for buying things on the go.”
Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 starting tomorrow, October 17, ahead of the tablet’s launch next week. iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the base Wi-Fi model with 16GB of storage.
What are your first impressions of the iPad Air 2?