The year is pretty much over, as far as the tech world is concerned. Just about every major product that’s been announced is available to buy in time for the holidays.
But 2017 is almost here, and we’re expecting a bunch of cool new products. Below you’ll find the most important gadgets likely to launch next year.
Keep in mind this isn’t a comprehensive list, and it doesn’t account for the surprises we’ll likely see in 2017. But these are the gadgets we think you should be the most excited about.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy Note 8?
There have been some scattered reports that Samsung may abandon the Note altogether in 2017. But if the Note does make its return, then expect to see it in the fall.
The new iPad models will focus on the Pro line, with improvements to the Apple Pencil stylus and new screen sizes.
New iMacWhile the iMac has been updated with new, high-resolution displays in recent years, it’s been a long time since Apple has significantly updated the computer.
Bloomberg’s Gurman reported that Apple has considered adding the new USB-C port to the iMac lineup, which makes sense since the company’s other computers are adopting the new standard too.
However, there haven’t been any solid reports on the timing of a new iMac.
iPhone 8The next iPhone is going to be a major refresh for the product, according to a various reports and rumors.
The so-called iPhone 8 is said to have an all-glass design, an organic LED display for better images, no home button, new screen sizes, and more. We’ve also reported that Apple is working on adding built-in augmented reality features — think Pokemon Go, but for all kinds of apps — but that might not make it into the next phone.
2017 will mark the iPhone’s tenth birthday, so expect Apple to go all out to mark the occasion.
An update to the Google Pixel phoneGoogle hit a home run with its first-ever phone, the Pixel, this year.
Although there haven’t been any reports on what Google is planning for 2017’s Pixel phone, the company’s hardware ambitions are just getting started. It’s more than reasonable to expect another great Pixel phone from Google in the fall of 2017.
A new laptop from Google running a special version of Android
A smartwatch made by GoogleGoogle delayed its big software update for Android Wear watches until 2017, and the company is expected to launch its own watch as well, according to Android Police.
The circular smartwatches will be Google’s opportunity to inject new interest into its wearable computers, a category that’s been dominated by the Apple Watch so far.
A new version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Book 2Microsoft’s first-ever laptop, the Surface Book, should be due for an update in 2017, too. The computer got a bit faster and more powerful this year, but it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can push its capabilities even further in 2017.
New form factors from Fitbit.
What does that mean? It’s unclear, but it sounds like we may see Fitbit expand beyond fitness trackers you wear on your wrist.
That’s when the iconic video game company will release the Nintendo Switch, its new gaming console that works on televisions and doubles as a portable system. Nintendo announced the Switch in a three-minute video this fall, but we won’t learn final details like pricing and launch titles until January 12, 2017.
Xbox Project Scorpio
The company is currently working on Project Scorpio, a more powerful version of the Xbox One designed for 4K TVs and potentially virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.
The console will be aimed at gamers who value performance over everything else. It’s expected to launch in the fall of 2017.
Source by businessinsider….