CES will set the tech mood for the rest of the year as one of the biggest events of the year if something is a big hit here,e.g tablets,other companies will try to make better versions for most of the year.Plus this year CES will have over 20,000 products on display including computers,phones,tablets to name a few.
Yes,it’s that time of year again so here are my CES predictions for 2013.This is in no particular order.
Today it seems that every thing you buy or are going to buy has a app.From using your iPad as a TV remote or to control your stereo system and some people think that you will be able to control your fridge from your iPhone.If that happens I will eat my socks.
Number 2:Android tablets
Big surprise,I know.But with tablets like the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire,everybody wants to have the next big tablet hit.Well apart from Apple and Microsoft.They want there tablets to be big hits.
Number 3:Lightning accessories
With Apples change from 30 pin to lightning we might see all the accessories that come with them,such as docks, speakers, ect. With Belkin shipping the first lightning accessories this looks very likely.However with Apple changing It’s MFI policy according to iLounge so that 3rd party manufacturers must go to Apple to approve there facilities.The problem? Apple has not yet approved any facilities yet.For more info go to:http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57525996-37/apple-reportedly-tightens-grip-on-third-party-lightning-accessories/?tag=mncol;CNETTop5
Number 4:Streaming boxes
Well with things like Roku and Apple TV being big hits I would not be surprised if a new Roku device or similar.Also connected TV’s and Xbox/PS3 apps I would expect.
Quickly,lets take a look of what we might not see at CES.Phones.The mobile World Congress just a month after CES,I think that all the major smartphone makers will save there biggest releases for that event.Not CES.No doubt,we will see phones at CES. However we won’t see phones like the iPhone 5 or a Galaxy S3.
Number 5:OLED and 4K tv’s
Well,you might say,They were there last year and where are they now? Well this year LG and Samsung,the two TV giants,promise OLED TV’s.Plus 4K is the next 1080p they say,however no content is 4K and only makes a difference on TV’s bigger than 80 inches. Also it’s said that OLED TV’s would cost about£10,000,therefore only the Queen could afford them.
CES isn’t just about TV’s and tablets,it’s also about car tech. Mainly electric and eco I think.Cars such as the Visteon e-Bee also shows how people will drive in the future with better built in screens and more content and even autonomous cars! Plus sat navs so no more Onstar. YAY!
Number 7:Creative TV things
I know it’s weird but follow me on this.LG took the covers of it’s improved Magic Motion Remote,the features include:voice,gestures,point and wheel,ect. Also some Samsung TV’s have gestures control.However one thing we might not see leaps and bounds in? 3D TV.It hasn’t really caught on so I think it’s a dud.But I think,despte that,we will see 3D TV’s as a feature.
Number 8:Computers and Accessories
With Windows 8 and lots of computers changing with touchscreens it looks like there saving there big computers for CES.Also Viso,who I only know for making TV’s,is planning to realease there first laptop.(Well 3 notebooks and 2 desktops).The price,which is like there TV’s,will be impossible to crack how they do it. Back to windows 8.Another possibility is more convertible laptops like the HP Envy X2 and the Lenovo Yoga.More at the bottom.
Number 9:high rez screens
Screens rez seems to be getting higher with all these android tablets and apple retina displays and at CES they look like the screen rez is through the roof. Plus there are rumors that Pantech phone which is 1080p compatible! Also,I’m sorry high end users, monitors are only taking baby steps.3D is unlikely but touchscreens are likely because of windows 8 part touch interface.
Number 10:vapor ware or late products
I know, this bit is not about tech but this is what we really see at tech events,take OLED TV’s.There not here and available(well apart from the queen). Plus,the Wii U it was late for 2 years and all of that vapor ware from last year.Rhyme intended.
Things unlikely to be at CES.
Number 3:A new 3D tech
In 3D tech there 2 two types passive and active and there alright so with 3D not as big as a hit that the TV manufacturers thought it was 3D is being taken as a feature.If you get what I mean.So with the price of making new tech and the lack of demand for 3D makes this unlikely.
Number 2:a new OS’s
It’s very unlikely that a new version of windows or Mac is going to be released at CES because it’s not really the event that something like that is released,But software is plentiful.
Number 1:a normal computer
With Windows 8 touch and the new wave on different computer designs a normal computer is just obsolete now. With touchscreens and convertible laptops,ect.
rumours at CES
A 1080p smartphone
Pantech,which is a small smartphone maker,is rumoured that,because of other smartphone makers, to be making a 1080p smartphone. 1080p is the HD standard for many TV’s and,maybe smartphones.The phone would be called the Vaga IM-A860 and spilled online by a WIFI Alliance certificate.Apparently the phone will have a 1920X1080 screen and a quad core Snapanddrag S4 processor with a Adreno 320 GPU. It will also have 4G LTE support. more on this story in a later post.
Big Samsung release
On the samsung website a video and blog post was uploaded which teased all the tech geeks,however one thing was cetain.That there was going to be one big product release at CES! The video says to get ready for January 8 to 11 which is the dates of CES. Who knew?Back to the video.It dosen’t give that much away,all it really says that there was going to be a big tech release by Samsung.more info in later post.
Intel to launch cable TV service at CES?
Intel is a pioneer of processors but it might be a pioneer of cable TV and set top boxes as the apple TV looms.The virtual TV cable service would be rolled out on a city by city basis instead of launching nationwide.This is because of licensing issues,however this allows Intel to negotiate for control of different markets.The service might launch as soon as January 7th according to TechCrunch. More in later post
That’s it folks
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I’ll be watching CES from here:http://ces.cnet.com/ and have a happy new year