Gadgets To Watch For in 2013
We’re nearing the end of the year, which is as good a time as any to put on our prediction caps and take a look at what we’ll all be adding to our shopping lists in 2013. Although a few of the items listed here are just expected sequels to things we already own and love, there are some intriguing new products that should be on your radar.
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A rousing tech success, like a smash hit movie, always gets a sequel. In some cases, most notably iPhones, you can count on annual iterations. While it’s anyone’s guess what the next iPhone’s feature set will look like, you can bet it will feature a faster processor and possibly an improved camera. Additional rumors that it might have some sort of fingerprint scanning for purchases are intriguing. As well, the iPhone’s Passbook app which stores boarding and concert tickets on your device will like see major improvements. Just remember, you don’t have to line up to buy one, just hop online at Apple.com when the company makes its next iPhon announcement – most likely in the fall of 2013.
But the iPhone isn’t the only cool tech device that will get a substantial upgrade in 2013. Expect to see the successors to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sometime during the next calendar year. Again, not a whole lot is known about either machine just yet, but it would be extremely surprising in the case of the next Xbox if the hardware didn’t also support Blu-Ray discs when it finally becomes available. Whatever specs the next Playstation and Xbox possess, it’s all but certain that come holiday season 2013 they’ll be in demand and sold in bundles alongside flagship titles at places like Walmart and Toys ‘R Us.
Finally in the existing tech department are Smart TVs. The next generation of smart TVs have Wi-Fi access that can pull up YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming media services on the fly.The biggest question with our new all-in-one TVs is what services they’ll have piggy-backed inside. Netflix and YouTube seem like a given at this point, but streaming music services like Spotify make a lot of sense, too. I can already imagine waiting for a Kmart door-buster sale a year from now, can’t you?
Hot off the presses
What’s old is new again with regards to a lot of technology, but there’ll be a few brand new ideas hitting the marketplace next year, too. 3D Printing is slowly becoming more accessible to the everyday consumer. By this time next year, however, you might wonder how you ever got along without a next generation printer. In November 2013 we might be checking out the Kohl’s electronics department to get the 3D printer we need to finish our artistic dream project.
No, seriously. Samsung is preparing to launch its first “flexible” electronic devices in 2013. Whether that translates to a new phone or that the technology will be applied to a new device is unknown at this time. Reportedly the initial devices won’t be 100% flexible, so you won’t be able to fold the thing up to turn whatever it is into the size of a postage stamp. But increased flexibility in our electronics usually means going to special plastic cases, which could mean a lot less cracked phone screens a year from now if Samsung delivers. Talk about a killer black Friday item!
And those are just a few of the possibilities. Chances are something completely off the radar will surprise us all before we know it. But it’s still fun to take a look ahead and see some of the very exciting possibilities that might be available to us in a few short months.