It seems as though wherever you turn these days, everyone has an iPhone and you’re the odd one out with your more technologically advanced android. We’re all a part of the Apple pie and there’s no escaping.
iPhone 7 (official name pending) – The newest model in the iPhone sequence is set to launch early September and may be released in tandem with the 7 Plus. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the phone will be equipped with a two lens camera on the back, and 3GB of RAM to handle the image-processing requirements.
Controversy has striken over the rumour that Apple has opted for a different headphone jack, ditching the traditional 3.5mm connector for a lightning connector instead. Because who doesn’t love those plasticky Apple earphones, right? In terms of design, rumours indicate that the iPhone 7 won’t be that much different to previous models which has caused speculation that Apple will ditch the 2016 release and hold off and release the iPhone 8 in 2017. Again, who knows?
Rumours over the latest edition to the family are always a little farfetched, we’re just going to have to sit tight on this one. There will be a week-long queue outside stores, regardless. Here’s the latest video from TechRadar giving you the lowdown on what to expect (subject to change everyday as the grapevine dwindles on):
Damnnnnnnnn Google, back at it again with the innovation! Project Aura is under further development (formerly known as the Google Glass project). Things were a little ropey with the initial project but we’ll let that one slide since it’s Google and we don’t want to be banished to Bing. Rumour has it, there will be at least two different devices on the market, with one being aimed at enterprises (with the screen) and one targeted at sport users (relies solely on audio). Data from the Goonies would be all over this one but we’re not sure Aura is suitable for the fashion forward.
This project is the office favourite. Project Ara is essentially digital Lego for your phone. That’s right, imagine being able to snap components on to your phone. Dislike your camera spec? No problem, just unsnap it and replace it with a newer element. Project Ara would mean that your phone would essentially be timeless, just update as you go. However, there is concern over how well a pick n mix phone can function, will the phone work fluidly like other phones on the market? The project is still a work in progress.
Facebook at Work
Ever been caught viewing something NSFW by your boss? Fear not, Facebook at Work is here. This version of Facebook has been specially developed for the workplace and has a more corporate feel than the original platform. Take advantage of groups, events, group chat and a newsfeed dedicated to your workplace. At present, there doesn’t seem to be a project management tool, however, Facebook have stated that the platform is still a work in progress, so, who knows? Parachute are testing this out over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for our review.
Gamers consolidate! Facebook-owned Oculus is finally allowing the general public to pre-order the much anticipated virtual reality headset, Rift. The Rift will be one of the first devices that will be able to bring virtual reality to the masses (or those of you with a spare £500 (final price unknown) and a hefty PC which can handle the device and also runs on Windows 10). Product reviewers have swayed slightly more towards one of the Rifts competitors in VR, the HTC Vive, however, its unarguable that this piece of equipment will contribute towards significant readily available technological advances within the next few years.
There you have it, our Top 5 tech products to keep an eye on for 2016. There was many a heated debate at HQ over which products should make the list; with Microsoft’s HoloLens (developers choice), Karma drone by GoPro (Creatives selection) and Microsoft’s Surface Hub (Championed by Client Services) not quite making the grade. Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!