What’s Coming From Apple, Samsung, and Google

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but look around and you’ll see the first signs of fall. The NFL pre-season began Thursday night. Pumpkin spice is starting to infiltrate everything grocery stores, coffee houses, and restaurants. And the tech world is on the verge of its annual explosion of new products.

Samsung will be getting the ball rolling with its Unpacked event next week on August 10th. Apple, Google, Amazon and Meta are set to follow as the holidays draw to a close.

Some items are quite predictable. New phones are as regular as clockwork. But it’s the wildcards that make this time of year especially exciting for tech enthusiasts. A year ago, for example, Amazon Unveiled its Astro Robot, an “Alexa on Wheels” that will follow you across the house. A year ago, it touted a security drone. (Both products, it’s worth noting, are still available via invitation only).

Wildcards will certainly come as a surprise, but here are some of the most anticipated gadgets you can hear about in the days and months ahead.

Phones

Samsung has confirmed via a teaser video for its Unpacked event that it will introduce new folding Smartphones, possibly the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. The crease should be less noticeable with the usual memory and camera improvements. Hopefully the price will come down a bit. Expect some peripherals to also show up like the new generation of Galaxy Buds earbuds.

Apple hasn’t set a date for its fall showcase yet. (To do this you have to wait almost till the last minute). It’s pretty much a safe bet that it will be held in September, and you can expect the iPhone 14 to be in the limelight. Apple is expected to introduce four models this year, including a new Plus/Max variant.

In the meantime, Google should start selling it Pixel 7 In October, after teasing it in May. It is expected to run on a second-generation Tensor chip and come with Google’s Magic Eraser photo editing tool (which lets you remove unwanted objects from photos). The Pro model will have three rear cameras, while the standard model will have two.

watches

Look for a bigger screen and more rigid cover on at least one model in the U.S. New Crop of Apple Watches, Apple’s game market leaning more and a report in bloomberg The rugged version is said to have a screen that will be bigger than the current models. A standard Apple Watch 8 and budget model are also expected to be part of the September event.

Meanwhile, Google confirmed in May that it was getting into the smartwatch game. pixel watch, It could be available sometime in October, possibly alongside the Pixel 7. The rendering that the company has shown points towards a more minimalist design. Expect a focus on the game, even after Google’s acquisition of Fitbit last year, as well as some Android-exclusive features.

virtual reality

Virtual reality may be ready for a big push this holiday season. Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 could hit store shelves before the end of the year (though early 2023 is still a possibility), with an impressive spec list. The two OLED displays combine to give users a 110-degree field of view and the headset will use eye-tracking technology to enhance immersiveness and reduce motion sickness. The controllers will have the same haptic characteristics as the PS5 controller. And the game lineup is impressive, with VR installments horizon, resident evil And no man’s sky Franchisee.

Meanwhile, Meta is expected to introduce the Meta Quest Pro later this year, which has more advanced sensors and mixed reality capabilities. It is expected to be a high-end product with a high-end price tag, which may be targeted more towards enthusiasts and professionals. One rumored feature is the facial tracking sensor that will make Metaverse interactions more realistic. And Zuckerberg has also touted potential augmented reality (AR) features.

“Imagine you’re working on your virtual desk with multiple screens, while your real desk is looking so clearly you can pick up a pen and write notes without taking your headset off,” he said. That was called Project Cambria. “Or you’re working out with a virtual instructor in your living room.”

Apple, however, is real wild card In the AR/VR space. The company is widely expected to introduce the mixed-reality headset, but there’s no good information on when that might happen or what features it will offer. whispersSay, however, that it will combine elements of both VR and AR, allowing users to access digital content in the real world.

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