Four Weeks of Technology Heaven
October is a notoriously exciting month in the world of technology and this year has been no different. In the last month we’ve seen new devices released by Apple, Google, Motorola and HTC (amongst others) as well as new operating systems announced from Google, Apple and Microsoft!
It’s a big haul and there is too much to go through in one blog post, but there’s still a lot I want to cover – so lets delve in…
New Apple iPads and iMac
This year Apple give us the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The former gets a bit thinner and a bit more powerful, and the latter gets a new gold colour! Both new iPads also get their very own Touch ID fingerprint sensor to bring them up to date with the rest of the Apple mobile line.
There is mention of a new camera in the press release somewhere too but taking photos with a tablet is NOT ALLOWED so we wont talk about that…
Apple also showed off a new 27″ iMac with a ridiculous 5K resolution. The screen on this thing is hugely impressive and I imagine designers all around the world will be falling in love a bit. It’s actually got a fairly reasonable price for an Apple product too – a shock to us all!
OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Apples latest desktop operating system was announced several months ago but was finally made available to the general public last week. With some shinny new UI elements and better integration with iOS devices its sure to make many Apple type people much happier. Just remember not to install it on your work machine just yet – we all remember what happened last time and getting your emails on time is more important than a new UI… apparently.
New Google Nexus devices
There have been plenty of leaks recently so it was no surprise when Google announced two new Nexus devices last week. First off is the Nexus 9, a new tablet made by HTC that replaces the both the Nexus 7 and 10 in the Google line-up. It’s light and thin like most new tablets nowadays but also has HTC’s impressive front-facing stereo speakers which is a welcome addition.
Then there is the new “phablet” sized device made by Motorola to fill the gap between the Nexus 9 and Nexus 5 – the aptly named Nexus 6. Based on the Moto X it has high specs and a high price which is unusual for a Nexus device as Google normally aims them at the more budget end of the market to appeal to more users. It will be interesting to see how well this one sells or if people just go safe and opt for the Nexus 5.
Google did manage to keep one thing a bit more secret this year with the release of the Nexus Player – basically a Android TV set-top box with Google Cast capability. Unfortunately there is little chance of this being released outside of the U.S this year so it’s hard to get too excited just yet.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
In the biggest news this month Google announced the next major iteration of the Android operating system – christened 5.0 “Lollipop” and this one is a real game changer. It’s the biggest overhaul of Android since Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011 and includes improvements to many aspects of the design and UX. Most notably Android 5.0 is based on Google’s new “Material Design” concepts throughout – which we have all got familiar with over the last few months since it was announced at Google’s IO event.
Lollipop will be released to the public in early November so keep an eye open to see if you can get the update on your device. I will be posting a dedicated review of Android 5.0 very soon but for the time being trust me when I say this new version is well worth the wait!
I feel I must also mention the elephant in the room… At the tall end of September Microsoft also announced the next version of their Windows OS, Windows 10, mysteriously skipping out version 9 altogether. It’s a pretty significant update designed to bring all the different Windows powered devices together on to the same operating system.
It’s not being released until 2015 so there is little point in going into detail here but I wanted to give it a quick mention. There is also a developer preview available to install if your into that kind of thing. See the official Microsoft preview page here for more information.
Well thats about it for now I think – good month! Now go forth and enjoy some new tech before Christmas takes all your money…