Rumors are abound that Sony is set to reveal more details about the much-anticipated PS4. It was widely believed that they would use E3 to finalize details or at least give us more info but now speculation is that Sony will make an announcement as early as this month. Sony likely wants to keep the hype train rolling in their favor after the not so surprising PS4 announcement this past February.
My own personal opinion is that Sony wants to have all details available and perhaps even start taking pre-orders before Microsoft announces their next console. In January Microsoft posted a countdown to E3 on its blog which most people assumed was to be taken as a countdown to the NextBox. However there’s still a chance Microsoft will also preempt E3 with their own standalone announcement. Both consoles could possibly release by the end of 2013.
Eventually I will own both consoles but my first choice and the console I will pre-order in hopes of getting my hands on at launch will be the PS4. I think a lot of gamers have similarly made up their minds regardless of announcements. So geeks, what’s your thoughts on the impending next console generation? We’d love to hear your thoughts on what will undoubtedly be a competition that in the end can only end in a win for us gamers.
It’s a rumor that never dies: Apple is working on a cheaper, “budget” iPhone that will push for market-share in developing markets where the companies typically premium are especially expensive. But in the absence of hard evidence, we have soft evidence. Like this patent for a plastic iPhone. Maybe this is that rumored budget iPhone? Maybe?
An astonishingly spare patent,—I mean, look at that graphic—number No. 8,364,032 here was filed for in February 2012, and was just granted in late January of this year. Essentially, it covers a device with a front-facing screen, rear-facing camera, and a body made out of plastic. You’ll also note there’s no home button.
How this patent wasn’t already snatched during the development of one of the many Android phones that seem to fit this description to a T is anyone’s guess. But if there were to be a cheaper iPhone, one in the $100-$150 range, it makes sense that it would take a form similar to this. Then again, patents like this are just that: patents. But if a cheap iPhone really is coming, this might have something to do with it. Maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see. [Tom’s Hardware]
Sonos wireless sound systems might not be cheap, but their easily switchable, multi-zone design makes having wireless music throughout your house simple. In 2012, the company added a burly sub to its lineup of products, and from the looks of this FCC filing, a sound bar, called the Playbar, might drop soon.
Now as with many FCC filings, these documents made available today don’t tell us a whole lot about the potentially forthcoming product. We know that as with other Sonos systems, it will use Wi-Fi, and we can see from the label placement document that it’ll be a rectangular box of some sort. You know, kind of like a sound bar.
Given that the Sonos Sub already exists, adding a sound bar to the mix makes a lot of sense. So much so that it makes us wonder if we’ll see a more full-featured home entertainment focused Sonos down the line. For now, we’ll settle for a Playbar that’s ready to go—whenever Sonos is ready to tell us about it. [FCC via Wireless Goodness via Ubergizmo
Rumors have been floating around lately that Apple is planning on remodeling the iPad to be lighter and thinner than its predecessors. Japanese language blog Macotakara is also predicting a March 2013 launch dated, making the fifth-generation iPad the fastest Apple device remodel of all time.
If the rumors are true, Apple will release the fifth-generation iPad within six months of the release of the previous model. So far, the fourth-generation iPad was the fastest remodel due to Apple launching the updated device only eight months after its predecessor. From Macotakara:
Macotakara reported that the new iPad will be approximately 4mm smaller in height, 17mm smaller in width, and 2mm thinner. The Japanese news blog also reported that production of the second generation iPad mini has already begun.
The remodeled iPad mini is rumored to come with the much-missed Retina display of 2048 X 1536 resolution. The 7.9-inch display is also rumored to be equipped with a faster A6X processor chip.
Personally, I don’t see either of these rumors coming to fruition in March of 2013 simply because Apple loyalists will rise up and revolt. While no one is twisting our arms to be early adopters of Apple products, many of us are. And, because of the company’s reliable history, we used to feel confident that we’d have a whole year with our phones and tablets before a new model came out. If Apple starts launching new versions of devices willy-nilly, we won’t want to upgrade, for fear that a much better version is only six months away.
I predict that Apple will launch the fifth-generation iPad and second generation iPad mini in October or November of 2013 and that will be the new norm for the popular tablet.
It looks like Google is planning on introducing a Nexus tablet computer this present year. It was first considered to be launching during May once production around April, bahsettirrim now providers say that it’s not going to go on final sale until Come early july. The reason for all the delay is mainly because Google and Asus are hoping to figure out how to shape the equipment so that the value can come decrease.
We previously thought the new tablet would arrive for $249, but that’s no official confirmation. The Kindle Fire is $199 and it is selling wonderful, plus you will find rumors of any iPad miniature too, to ensure that they definitely have to compete as well as blow typically the lid from sales whether they’d like to.
So getting the Nexus tablet pc discounted for a rate below $249 amounts to just a must. Individuals, can they complete the work?