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
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.