2012 promises to be an exciting time for technology, with many new products in the pipeline to be released this year. Last year we saw an influx of e-readers, tablets and other gadgets designed to make life simple, and this is set to continue this year with new versions of the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle in the offering.
Technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last ten years, with the iPod paving the way for more and more outlandish designs. Keyboards, mice and video game controllers have become obsolete as gadgets rely solely on touch screen technology.
Major players in the internet industry, such as Google, will also continue to developtheir collection of new technology, with rumours of a Google tablet in the works to go directly head to head with the iPad. Time will tell if this will be the tablet to finally give the iPad a run for its money.
We thought we’d give you a rundown of some of the most hyped tech gadgets on their way this year:
Amazon Kindle Fire
Amazon’s Kindle is the most famous example of an e-reader, an electronic devices which allows you to store and read books. You have probably seen people using them on public transport - it’s popular with commuters because of it’s super portable nature.
The Amazon Kindle Fire seems set to tear up the tablet market, honing its e-reading capabilities to also serve as a low-budget colour tablet. Aimed squarely at those wanting the functionality of a tablet without the budget for an iPad, it will be interesting to find out how this fares.
Apple iPad 3
Hot on the heels of the iPad 2, the Apple iPad 3 is one of the most talked about pieces of tech since the iPhone. Would you believe the first iPad was only launched at the beginning of 2010? Combining video, internet, apps and music it serves as a ‘laptop’ in your hand - simplifying the laptop’s design by making the keyboard and navigation touch screen.
Many things have been rumoured for this latest incarnation of the classic tablet, including 3D and 4G, but it seems that Apple will keep things typically under wraps until its official release.
Apple iPhone 5
The iPhone is well on its way to becoming one of the most popular phones in the world. Taking the brilliance of the iPod touch it adds the ability to phone your friends, and is perfect for keeping connected on the go. There has already been iPhone 3, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and most recently the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S was released in late 2011 and featured a faster processing time and a much better camera.
The iPhone 5 release is expected to be a much larger redesign, with improvements to both the physical design and the inner workings too.
Many people have reported that Steve Jobs worked on iPhone 5 project before he died, which may be his legacy.
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo have managed to brave several decades of technology advances, seeing off competition from such lauded gaming consoles such as Dreamcast, Sega’s late 90s console hailed as a pioneer in gaming. Designed to win back hardcore fans, Nintendo’s sixth console, the new Wii U is a touch screen controller where you can play a game even when the television is off, and is like a combination of the Nintendo DS and the Wii. With full HD graphics and a 6.2 inch screen this will be enjoyable viewing. The release date is rumoured to be around the second half of 2012, with pricing is yet to be announced.