Hands on With iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac [Videos]

Yesterday was a big day that contained many great surprises, those who've watched Apple's keynote will probably know that Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac with Retina 5K display. Obviously, the products are going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following yesterday's event, 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.

“The new 5K Retina display is the meat of the upgrade, and it is a beaut. It has 5,120-by-2,880 native resolution with an IPS screen that displays excellent color balance and detail in high contrast areas of photos, like shadows. As pointed out in the keynote, Final Cut Pro users can view 4K (Ultra HD) videos natively while surrounding the video view window with toolbars for editing, library lookup, and scrubbing through your video project. Likewise, 5K photos display natively in iPhoto and other photo-editing apps that have been updated to support Retina displays.”

“At 5120×2880 pixels, the new Retina 5K Display is precisely 4x the pixels of the 2560×1440 panel in last year’s model. What this means is that Apple can tap their standard bag of tricks to handle applications of differing retina capability and get all of it to look reasonably good. This also means that 2560×1440 content – including widgets – will scale up nicely to the new resolution. Apple does not discuss whom they have sourced the panel from, but given the timing it’s likely the same panel that is in Dell’s recently announced 27” 5K monitor.”

“The iMac’s screen is bright from edge to edge, and shows great color saturation even when looking at it from an angle. Other displays with this kind of resolution depend on two timing controllers, or TCONs—think of a TCON like the brains of the display, sending instructions to the individual pixels. Apple designed its own TCON for this iMac, so a single controller can drive all 14.7 million pixels.”
The Verge: 

The new iMac with Retina 5K display is available now for a starting price of $2,499 through the Apple Store.


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