From iPhone 6 to Samsung Galaxy S4, the amazing gadgets we can't wait to see in 2013
It’s the end of another tech-packed year, but we’re not stopping, and we doubt the gadget giants are either. As we look ahead to the year to come, we’re taking a peek at the gadgets that’ll be dominating the headlines and eating into your paycheque in 2013.
Based on Apple’s previous release cycles, we doubt the next iPhone will see a big hardware design revamp. But we’re seriously excited to see what Apple can come up with, as legendary British designer Sir Jony Ive has now been placed in charge of software design as well as hardware for Apple. Expect a new look iOS on the iPhone 6 that’s every bit as modern and gorgeous as the chassis it comes in.
HTC Droid DNA in the UK
The HTC Droid DNA is already on sale in the US, but we’re hopeful the new year will see the arrival of it, or something similar, on these shores. It’s one of the first phones in the world with an insane full HD five-inch display, destroying the iPhone’s panel for clarity. Paired with bleeding edge Android, and we reckon HTC is onto a winner.
Samsung Galaxy S4
You can be sure that Samsung’s smash hit Galaxy S series will return this year – in fact, the rumours are already swirling. According to analysts, the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be out as soon as April, and boast a full HD, unbreakable screen. It’s probably already a given that this will be the second biggest phone of 2013, after a new iPhone – perhaps it may even beat it.
iPad mini 2
We’re already smitten with the iPad mini’s form factor, and while we don’t expect it to change, we’re hoping the screen resolution will. We’re hoping Apple can squeeze in a super sharp Retina Display the next time round, so that websites look crisp and it’s even easier to read long articles and ebooks. Hey, if Barnes & Noble can already manage it in the low-price Nook HD tablet, we’re sure Cupertino can pull it off in the iPad mini 2.
Xbox 720 and Sony PS4
Nintendo has laid down its cards for the next generation with the Wii U already, and it won’t be long before Microsoft and Sony show off their new consoles. We’ve already heard lots of rumours about both, including what hardware to expect, as well as Microsoft’s plans to produce disc-less versions of the Xbox 720. With the first next-gen games already being announced, we can’t wait to see what’s new with consoles in 2013.
A true Apple TV
With the publication of Steve Jobs’ autobiography late in 2011, the rumours of a bona fide Apple flatscreen TV started to ramp up over the spring. They died down soon after, and reports suggest that the company is still having trouble getting broadcasters onboard, but with the iPad mini now in the public domain, and the dust settling on a huge executive shake-up, we reckon that now is the time for Apple to unleash hell on all the lazy TV manufacturers out there. And so does the Wall Street Journal, so you can bet something’s coming, and soon.