Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

When one of the most in­flu­en­tial and recog­nis­able tech giants goes quiet for a while, we start to won­der why.

Australian T3 - - EDITOR'S LETTER - Paul Tay­lor, Ed­i­tor paul.tay­lor03@fu­turenet.com

In this case, it was Ap­ple that had a near­si­lent 2016 – though we can now see what was hap­pen­ing as it re­leases a moth­er­load of new and up­dated gear. Al­most the en­tire Mac line-up was over­hauled to in­clude a bud­get-stretch­ing iMac Pro, while the iPad Pros took a big leap for­ward, and Ap­ple’s com­peti­tor to Ama­zon Echo, Google Home and Sonos, – HomePod – made a bold entrance. Plus, iOS 11 and other soft­ware up­dates were an­nounced too. We have ev­ery­thing you need to know on p37, in­clud­ing our re­view of the iPad Pro – and there’ll be more of the lineup in fu­ture is­sues.

How­ever, Ap­ple had bet­ter keep on its toes in the home space, as Nest fi­nally, of­fi­cially, launches in Aus­tralia. With the back­ing of Al­pha­bet (Google’s par­ent) be­hind it this is a sys­tem that pro­tects your home and makes it smarter, and the tech that has the power to save your life is noth­ing short of in­ge­nious. Check it out on p58.

Any­one look­ing for a bit of play­time will be thrilled to see that Mi­crosoft’s Xbox One X is a full-blown 4K gam­ing pow­er­house. We got our hands on it at E3, the gam­ing event of the year, to bring you our first ver­dict on p45.

Keep­ing the 4K theme go­ing for a mo­ment, we wrapped our hands around the Sony Xpe­ria XZ Pre­mium, which shows off HDR and Ul­tra HD im­ages on a de­vice you can keep in your pocket. Read all about that and be amazed from p74. En­joy the is­sue.

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