2017 is here, and with it we’re expecting a bunch of cool new products.
Nintendo is having a great run on mobile, Samsung is recovering following the explosive Galaxy Note 7 launch, and Apple has been working on new adapters (ahem…), features for the next generation iPhone and MacBooks.
There’s lots of great new tech coming online this year, so we’ve put together a list of the new innovations/products we think you should be most excited about!
Apple iPhone 8
In 10 years, the iPhone has completely changed its layout, its user experience and its feature set. To mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary this year, Cupertino’s HQ has decided to overhaul the phone’s design. They’ve starting by ditching the liquid-crystal LCD display and replacing it with one made of OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) and the screen will wrap around the phone’s edges (much like the Galaxy 7 Edge). OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and more flexible than LCDs. Apple’s objective is to enable the phone to react when the user touches any of its sides, giving a broader sensation of control and expanding navigation possibilities. Another disruptive innovation? Let’s wait and see!
Samsung Galaxy S8
At least this one will not spontaneously burst into flames! Samsung is working on rehabilitating the company’s reputation regarding mobile devices following the fiery demise of the Note 7. The South Korean company has decided to go all-in with the new Galaxy S8: it will be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and it will feature a new virtual personal assistant based on cutting edge mobile technology. Still not really excited? The new mobile device will also feature a 4K display, a second rear camera and an iris scanner for an added layer of security. Ever wanted to feel like James Bond? The Galaxy S8 might be for you. Now use that virutal assistant to order a dry martini.
While iMac display quality has improved over the years, it’s been a long time since Apple significantly updated its desktop features. The most passionate fans were disappointed by the lack of innovation in the last iMac model (and can we blame them?). So what should we expect from this year’s version? iMac fans rejoice! Apple is launching a thinner, lighter computer, with internal spec enhancements to boot!
The iMac isn’t the only Apple computer getting some design love and attention. The new MacBook Air will feature new batteries, cooling modules and chassis.
You can also expect to see the USB Type-C ports across all Apple computers, so yes you’ll need to go out and pick up a few adapters.
No official release date yet, but rumour has it the new iMac and MacBook air will be launching in April. Definitely worth staying tuned for these.
Google has confirmed it will launch two flagship smartwatches next year, which will be the first to run Android 2.0. The circular smartwatches will be Google’s opportunity to inject new interest into its wearable tech line, a category that’s been dominated by the Apple Watch so far. Now we’re expecting two new smartwatches under the Google Pixel Watch banner, and they’re reportedly codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish! Angelfish will be larger and with a bigger display, buttons and lugs compared to its sibling. Swordfish appears to be significantly smaller and it will have a cleaner, more minimalist design and a much thinner strap. Which one would you go for?
New Windows headset
Microsoft is getting serious about Virtual Reality solutions! After the recent acquisition HoloLens, Microsoft is working to ensure Windows is a dominant force in the VR world. Their new VR headset will support inside-out, six degrees-of-freedom tracking, obviating the need for an external camera setup. Windows Holographic will also drive the headset’s capabilities, which should include a mix of converted HoloLens apps that take advantage of the two cameras on the front of the headset and a theater-style floating viewer mode.
The headsets will start at just $299 and come from a variety of providers like Dell, Asus, and Lenovo, and that’s definitely much cheaper than other headsets like the Oculus Rift, which starts at $599!
CES 2017 had some exciting news for Fitbit users! It seems the company has been developing new innovations to revolutionise the tracking industry and give users an experience they can’t find anywhere else. FitBit has been teaming up with Habit, Peloton and VirZoom so FitBit can get customized nutrition plans, and sync VR bike rides and games, to elevate and expand exercise options.
In doing so, users have unlimited access to the tools necessary to reach, and surpass, fitness and health goals. Unlike current apps, this partnership allows for full data integration, so information is 100% customized for the user.
To infinity and beyond!
March 2017 is going to be a big month for Nintendo fans. That’s when the iconic video game company will release the Nintendo Switch, its new gaming console that works on televisions and doubles as a portable system. Nintendo announced the Switch in a three-minute video this fall, and it be set a price tag of £279.99 – a little more than many UK fans were hoping for, after rumours it could cost as little as £200. By contrast, the Switch will cost $299.99 in the US!
What innovation are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.