What’s hot in 2013

If you thought this year was hi- tech heaven, check out what’s on the hori­zon in 2013. Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester report

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

AP­PLE ITV

Ap­ple’s in­ter­est in the id­iot box has long been ru­moured and this year might be the one to see the so- called ‘‘ Ap­ple iTV’’ come to life. Late Ap­ple founder Steve Jobs ( right) told his bi­og­ra­pher he had ‘‘ cracked’’ the for­mula for a per­fect TV user in­ter­face and chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Cook reignited ru­mours late this year when he called tele­vi­sion ‘‘ an area of in­tense in­ter­est’’. But what would an iTV look like? Ac­cord­ing to Jobs, it would be ‘‘ seam­lessly synced with all of your de­vices and with iCloud’’, with the ‘‘ sim­plest user- in­ter­face you could imag­ine’’. Piper Jaf­fray an­a­lyst Gene Mun­ster tips the iTV to be avail­able be­fore Novem­ber 2013.

MI­CROSOFT XBOX 720

It’s been seven years since we’ve seen a thor­oughly new Xbox but Mi­crosoft is poised to change that in 2013. All eyes will be on its E3 booth in June when it’s ex­pected to re­veal the con­sole that’s been co­de­named ‘‘ Du­rango’’ and is bet­ter known as the Xbox 720. Ru­mours point to a more pow­er­ful con­sole, with a quad­core com­puter chip, con­trols fea­tur­ing touch­screens, and their mo­tion- sens­ing Kinect con­troller built into the hard­ware. Kinect will also re­port­edly get an up­grade to see four peo­ple at once and reg­is­ter the tini­est of move­ments.

UL­TRA HD TVS

Tech­ni­cally, large Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TVs are al­ready here but they’re not quite com­monly avail­able. Both LG and Sony have launched 84- inch UHD TVs for those look­ing to spend more than $ 20,000, although there is re­port­edly only a few hun­dred sets on sale around the world. There are more to come. West­ing­house Dig­i­tal has an­nounced it will launch a 4K, 110- inch TV at next month’s con­sumer elec­tron­ics show for an un­spec­i­fied price. The 4K TVs will screen im­ages at four times the res­o­lu­tion of full 1080HD dis­plays. Cur­rently, they’re ex­pen­sive and there’s lit­tle con­tent that’s made for that res­o­lu­tion but good things will come to those who wait – even­tu­ally.

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