As we gracefully welcome the New Year, we are also looking forward to a number of new innovations and advancements in technology like we do year-after-year. Technology is one thing that has never witnessed its core end or the ultimate satisfaction. Everybody wants more and more in the upcoming years. Talk to a geek and you will realize how restless he is to know “What is next”.
So what is next? Just like the recent past years, 2012 seems to be yet another promising tech year. Though many of these technologies may not have come up with a promised release date, they are the definite ones to emerge as upcoming gadgets for our new year. Here are few of the most anticipated and rumored gadgets for 2012.
The iPhone 4S emerged at an event when the iPhone 5 was gestated. Though there could have hardly been any regrets, it was like expecting to see the queen and finally ending up meeting her minister. However, the iPhone 5 is still on the cards and is strongly rumored to be released in the mid of 2012. Some even believe that the delay is for the good and the greater the time Apple consumes, the better is their chances of coming out with a great product. Now let’s see some of the strongest rumors revolving around the iPhone 5.
To start with, the device is expected to feature a larger screen (probably 5-inch) and a completely new design and a new casing. As usual, they will be rich, tempting and would live up to what Apple is always known for its superiority. Based on the mobile phone chip developments so far, it can be incurred that the iPhone 5 would be debuting with its quad-core 5 processor (could be called Apple A6).
It cannot be too long before the Apple announces its version of 4G mobile phone. So this could be seen in the iPhone 5. Other rumors say that the new iPhone could be released in two variants – iPhone 5 and iPhone 5 pro. Predictors also say that the iPhone 5 could ship its glass from Wintek, the touch panel vendor. The phone is more likely to be available in white and black. Following the iPad 2, the iPhone is likely to have a full HD support. The new device will also get more memory, more storage and a faster processor. It is more likely to have the A5 processor of the iPad 2 which is a dual-core processor. With a new antenna, the iPhone 5 may also feature a 16 GB or 32 GB storage.
After the runaway success of the iPad1 and iPad2, a lot of expectations have arisen for the iPad 3. The iPad 3 definitely cannot go wrong and so here is the collection of its possible specifications.
To begin with, the iPad 3 might feature a new quad core ARM-based processor – the A6. It is wildly predicted that the new device might feature a retina display especially with Apple regularly testing the 2048 x 1536 (9.7 inch) display from the Samsung and LG models. In the mid November of 2012, there have been more rumors on the new tablet that it might feature a dual-LED light bar technology due to its super-high-pixel density.
One tasty rumor that is also exciting to know about is the suggestion that iPad3 might boast NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to take on the Mac devices nearby. This technology allows users to share and transfer data just by the flick of the wrist. Another expected specification of the iPad 3 suggests that it could feature more storage capacity with its added 128 GB flash storage option.
The thunderbolt port in the 2011 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is very popular for its astonishing speeds as it could also be included in the new iPad. This is a welcome move especially after the absence of a USB port in the first two generations of iPads. Just like the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 is also rumored to feature a 4G Qualcomm Gobi 4000 chip LTE next-gen connectivity.
Other familiar rumors:
The device could be bulkier owing to its higher resolution display.
The making of the new iPad could be assisted by other companies other than the Foxcomm. It could be the Pegatron Technology or the Quanta computers.
The new device could be using a separate adapter to detect camera cards and flash drives.
Gesture controls could be featured.
The device could feature a light weight carbon fiber case specially designed by Kevin Kenney, senior composites engineer at Apple Inc. and President at Kevin Kenney & Associates LLC.
This is another exciting technology prospect waiting for 2012. Microsoft’s long-time close association with Dell is yet again showing its worth with its new windows tablet. The all new Dell Peju Windows 8 tablet promises to be yet another thumps up to the tablet world.
Windows 7 pro operating system is also compatible with Windows 8
CPU features an Intel Core i5 processor
5 megapixel back camera and 1.3 mega pixel front camera
10.1 inch wide-angle display
Slots or ports with support for two USB, HDMI, audio, Mini VGA, microSD and 3GSIM
5500 mAh battery that supports 6-8 hours battery backups
4GB memory card
Storage capacity of 64-GB or 120-GB SSD
Connectivity : Bluetooth, 4G, 3G, WiFi with b/g
Input systems : Bluetooth, USB keyboard, Stylus and Touch
For many years, windows operating system has been the most-widely used OS. Especially after the wonderful success of Windows 7, there have been more speculations of the Windows 8. With a new user interface and app store, Windows 8 offers a lot of new features.
Let us now make an overview of these features.
Supports both ARM tablets and x86 PCs
The ‘Windows To Go’ feature is exciting as it allows the OS to be booted from a USB device along with a user’s personal settings and preferences.
The popular operating system will be introducing their Windows Store, which they claim will even challenge the Apple store. Many kinds of windows app are expected in the market.
Simple, yet interactive user interface and one of the best, the OS has ever witnessed.
Windows Defender will allow you to surf the internet with utmost and latest security standards.
Internet Explorer 10 promises better HTML 5, CSS 3 and hardware acceleration thereby giving the best web browsing experience.
Offers faster booting when you turn on the PC. Thanks to the Protogon file system.
Better management system and resource handling would help you work with less than 300 MB RAM capacity.
The OS can be used in any platform like mobile phones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.
Sony’s new handheld powerhouse gaming device is expected to be released in February 2012. The device may be released in two versions – one supporting WiFi and the other with WiFi + 3G. This handheld gadget is packed with features and is also expected to be an affordable one. Some of the reported specifications are as follows:
5-inch OLED touch screen
dual analog sticks and dual cameras
rear touch panel
With the emerging gaming mobile devices, it is very difficult to predict the future of these gaming devices. But Sony has always done well with gadgets like the Nintendo (that has dominated the world of gaming portable devices for a long time).
Much to the delight of shooters around, Cannon may release its new digital photo machine that could be the successor of the tremendously popular EOS-1D. Rumors suggest that the camera might be released in March 2012 and will boast the following features:
Full 61 focus points
Sensitivity range of ISO100-51200
A fixed LCD
24-70mm lens casting
Cannon is also expected to release its new SLR lens, a new compact video camera with 3 new innovative lenses and a new PIXMA printer in 2012.
Apple’s Entry into the Television market may be due in 2012
Analysts now strongly predict that Apple might make its debut to the television world in 2012. Though nothing much is known about the Apple’s HDTV a collection of rich rumors suggests that the new TV’s screen could be supplied by Sharp. Whether the new TV will feature 3D technology or what could be the price range is all out for everybody’s guess. One interesting and wild rumor, points out that Apple could follow the technology that is used in the iPhone 4S’s Siri. Yes, that would mean you will be able to control your television through voice commands. Again, this technology would be a threatening competition to
Microsoft’s Kinect that allows voice commands for its Xbox on a TV.
At present, how much rumors are true and fake is left to your stretch of imagination.
As Henry David Thoreau, an American author and poet, points out, “Men have become the tools of their tools”. Be it a strong speculation or an officially announced information, the 2012 seems to be a fun-filled year for the geeks.
Happy Technological New Year Buddies!!
Sanjay Bojan, an internet analyst, who is keen in observing broadband providers in UK. Also he enjoys to compare broadband service and their marketing strategies followed in different countries across the globe.