January is a time for looking forward and seeing what lies ahead for the rest of the year. As ever technology will continue apace over the course of 2013. We, at QubeGB, thought it would be good to look at what we think could be the top three technological trends for 2013. These follow on from the two blog articles we wrote last year. One predicting the continued rise of Social Media and the other that smart phones will overtake PCs as the most common web browsing device.
Our first prediction is that our continued love affair with Apple will continue. The iPhone 5S is expected to be launched in 2013. This new and improved iPhone is expected to have a new camera, further improvements to the battery and rumour has it that they will be available in six to eight different colours. In addition to the new iPhone, 2013 is the year when Apple TV is expected to make an appearance as Apple focuses on transforming the TV market. Popular features such as Siri are expected to feature on the TV and it is likely that you will be able to use your iPhone and iPad to control it.
Our second prediction is that 2013 will be the year when more books are read on screens rather than paper. E books will outsell traditional books as more and more people take up reading on tablet form, especially with the prices of many E books being so competitive. Both types of books, however, have many advantages. Some people find technology more convenient, while others find the weight and smell of traditional books to be comforting. One thing I think we can be certain of is that paper books will never die.
Finally 2013 could be the year of Augmented Reality Glasses. Yes really. These may look like ordinary glasses but they include a headset and are targeted at people who can't bear not being connected. These 'glasses' would allow wearers not to miss a moment of their favourite sports or other live events including watching action replays or lyrics of songs and will literally give them the same viewing features as watching such events on TV. It is likely that the glasses will take off in the USA first but will undoubtedly make their way across the Atlantic to the UK.
So, 2013 should see the continued rise of social media and more and more of us using smart phones to browse the web. Our love for Apple products will continue and we may well be watching Apple TV by the end of the year. More and more of us will be reading books on tablet form as e books continue to rise. Will any of us be wearing Augmented Reality Glasses? We shall have to wait and see.