Wednesday, December 21, 2011

20 Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2012


Tech in 2012

We’re nearing the end of the year, so it’s time to ask what wonders 2012 will bring. No, I’m not talking about the possible end of the world. I’m talking about tech wonders–products that many of us wish were here right now, such as Apple’s (alleged) iPad 3 and iPhone 5, and Microsoft’s tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system.
What are you anticipating in the new year? Here’s what I’m looking forward to.

Apple iPad 3

If the gossip is true, the next-generation iPad will be a sight to behold. Its most compelling (alleged) feature: a 2048-by-1536-pixel display, offering four times the resolution of the iPad 2′s 1024-by-768-pixel screen. Assuming that Apple maintains its tablet-upgrade cycle, we can expect to see the new slate in the spring (the iPad and iPad 2 each shipped in the spring).

Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft’s next operating system promises to be everything. Designed to power both tablets and conventional PCs, Windows 8 is ambitious and risky. The new OS will feature the touch-oriented Metro interface that we first saw in Windows Phone 7. That means Microsoft’s “reimagined” flagship OS will be the first Windows version since the iconic Windows 95 to revamp, rather than simply tweak, the desktop interface.
Windows 8′s touch-friendly tiles might make sense for tablet users, but how will Microsoft’s bread-and-butter business clientele embrace the radically new look and feel?

Smarter TVs From Apple and Sony

Rumors of an Apple-branded TV set aren’t new, but recent developments lend credence to reports that the folks in Cupertino are cookin’ up something good. According to Steve Jobs’s biographer Walter Isaacson, Apple’s cofounder was obsessed with the smart-TV concept, and had been working diligently on a genre-defining television interface before he passed. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher, recently predicted that an Apple television would debut by the end of 2012 or by the start of 2013.

Sony, meanwhile, is developing next-gen TV concepts designed to emulate Apple’s successful strategy of sharing user content among multiple devices, including TVs, tablets, smartphones, and game consoles.                     More