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The 2014 Technology Race

The 2014 Technology Race

Seven years have passed since the moment Apple changed our relationship with mobile technologies. Since 2007 we have become accustomed to the smartphone, having information fed to us instantaneously through an ever evolving and developing stream of apps. So much so that we feel lost and distanced from the world when there is no 3G connection or Wi-Fi available.

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Along with the introduction of the smartphone, tablets have also become a ‘must have’ item, with it being announced that Apple have sold 170 million iPads at the end of 2013, helping the technology giant break a quarterly revenue record after releasing the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air.

But what’s next? It goes without saying that Apple will continue to churn out new models of the iPhone and iPad on a yearly basis, along with their living room appliance, Apple TV.  However, it has been predicted that 2014 will dawn a new age for our relationship with information technology. Wearable video devices have been in development for a number of years now, and it comes as no surprise to hear that they will be readily available for consumers in the coming month. They have already begun to infiltrate our homes in a sense, with 3D glasses, however, they are not yet interactive and only serve a sole purpose. Google have already set the bar in the wearable technology market with Google Glass, however, the market has still not opened up and it is still in its very early stages with only a few lucky ‘explorers; being selected to test the product.

Samsung have already entered the Smartwatch race, with the Samsung Galaxy Gear hitting the market in recent weeks. It is only a matter of time until Apple enters the race with it being predicted that a Smartwatch is their next biggest announcement.

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Experts are predicting that 10 million ‘wearable technology’ devices will be sold in 2014, with sales predicted to rise 10 times by the end of 2016. The mystery surrounding what’s to come only fuels the excitement, with technology enthusiasts imagination going wild at the thought of the endless possibilities that these new devices will be able to provide.

The 2014 technology race is well and truly on.

 

Time for the Apple iWatch?

Are Apple about to jump head-first into the accessory market? That’s what all the signs point to this week after the Californian-giant trademarked the “iWatch” term in an application to the Japan Patent Office.

The patent isn’t the only clue in this mystery, however. Apple have not released a new product since the iPad, and ever since the passing of the legendary Steve Jobs rumours have abound that the technology firm are on the verge of announcing a new gadget.

In February, Apple submitted a patent application for a ‘wearable accessory device’. Coupled with the hiring of Saint Laurent chief executive Paul Deneve, the obvious conclusion is that Apple are interested in releasing some kind of watch.

But what would an iWatch do?

Just as Google have announced their ‘Google Glass’ spectacles, Apple sees the need to explore the market and create a quirkier alternative. The patent submitted in February describes the device as ‘wearable accessory’ consisting of a flexible display and a touch-sensitive interface.

Various possible features include remote notifications, voice sensitive command (Siri) and access to Bluetooth and wireless technology. Alternatively, it could act as a means of controlling a future Apple television, a market that the firm have long been interested in crashing.

However, as with all devices as seemingly ludicrous as an iWatch, many people are sceptical about such a device. Giant firms patent just about any device that they can think of.  The size restrictions alone dismiss any possibility that the iWatch will pioneer new technology or features that are not available on an iPhone or iPad, whilst critics are split in terms of whether an iWatch will act as a secondary device to the iPad or iPhone.

Regardless, we may soon be embarking into a future where the ‘chic’ kids roll around with Google specs and Apple clinging onto their wrists. Heaven forbid…