It’s that time of year again when tech companies are bringing out lots of fancy new pieces of kit. Could Christmas be around the corner, do you think? Feel free to be cynical about the timing – if you think there’s any point – but you might still want to take note of some of the products hitting the marketplace. You may not want to admit it yet, but very soon you may be looking for the perfect present for that special someone or a way to treat yourself if you don’t think Santa is going to come up trumps. So here’s a look at some of this autumn’s new techie gizmos.
It only seems like yesterday that the iPhone 6 was introduced with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect, but now there’s the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. On the face of it, they look pretty similar to their predecessors, although we’re reliably informed that hardware improvements have been made and a few little innovations have been added. Their A9 chips are supposed to make them 70 per cent quicker, and the camera is said to be better. There’s also a new colour choice, Rose Gold, and they should be able to take a bit more of a battering thanks to their reinforced frames. Some people are also getting excited about the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch panel, which is supposed to add to the functionality and usability of the devices. Are you tempted? The iPad Pro is another new/old innovation. It’s basically just a big iPad, but for some people big will always undoubtedly be better. It’s 3.2 inches bigger than a regular iPad and five inches bigger than a Mini, making it an unusual mix of a tablet and a touchscreen PC. If you like this idea and want to make the most of all the Pro can do, you’ll probably also enjoy some of the accessories that you can have. These include the Apple Pencil Stylus and the Smart Keyboard, which is really portable, durable and versatile. What more could you want?
If you fancy something slightly different, however, then the Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft is a worthy competitor thanks to its 12.3 inch screen, G5 chipset and pixel-packed imagery. It’s only 8.4mm thick, making it extremely portable, and it’s coated in Gorilla Glass to keep it safe. If you haven’t had enough Apple news, the company has also unveiled a new and improved version of its Apple TV digital media player, which should hit mainstream shops later this month and comes complete with a much-talked about Siri remote. If you’re impressed by premium and powerful performance, however, you just have to take a look at the new Surface Book, which is being billed as the quickest 13.5 inch laptop ever. Microsoft claims it works at double the speed of the newest MacBooks. The keyboard is supposed to be totally silent and backlit, whilst its super-low weight of just 1.6lb makes it a breeze to carry around. Want this on your Christmas list? You better start being very, very good!