With a new year comes new games, new technology and new trends. Technology isn’t just for entertainment, however, it can also be great for changing how our businesses run and also improve our homes as well. To whet your appetite for 2017, here are some of the most highly anticipated technologies that are due for the new year.
Tesla Model 3
Despite numerous reports this year of Tesla’s self-driving mechanism failing, more and more people are jumping onto the electric car hype and starting to invest in new greener vehicles. With that said, Tesla’s new vehicle is slated for a mid-2017 release, sporting up to 215 mileage on a single charge and it will open with a modest price of $35,000. This will mark Tesla’s most affordable electric car and it will no doubt sway many buyers to go green and experience the thrill of its self-driving mechanisms. Can Tesla improve on their self-driving functionality and bring electric cars to the masses? We’ll find out in 2017.
The console war is still raging and Nintendo has once again taken an early initiative by releasing their new console, the Nintendo Switch, during Q1 2017. It builds on the Wii U’s portable gaming hybrid device by adding a screen into the console’s main design. It can be played as a powerful portable device, the screen can be propped up and the controller handles can be removed to create a portable gaming device, and it can be docked and connected to a TV screen for traditional gameplay. The Nintendo Switch will most likely be competing with Sony’s new PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming XBox Scorpio, which promises native 4K gaming at console-level pricing. Check here for the latest gaming technology news.
Next iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Phones
Yet another industry war—Apple vs Samsung. Both manufacturers have been suffering some issues this year, with the Galaxy Note 7 exploding and Samsung being forced to recall and discontinue their latest phablet, and the controversy over Apple’s decision to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from their latest iPhone. Many disgruntled Apple fans are hoping that the tech giant will come to their senses and return to using typical 3.5mm jacks for audio, but knowing Apple’s stubborn nature they probably won’t budge. On the other side of the fence, Samsung loyalists are hoping their new phone will come with a phablet alternative that will make up for the disappointment that was the Galaxy Note 7.
AMD Ryzen and Intel Kaby Lake
Another war that has been raging in the technology field—next-generation computer architecture. AMD and Intel have been at war offering computer builders different levels of computing power for a very long time, but Intel has secured itself as the powerhouse brand and AMD has slumped down to being value-oriented. This could be set to change because early reviews of AMD’s new Ryzen technology has been shown to be more powerful than Intel’s latest and greatest processors. Could this mean that AMD and Intel will once again trade blows in the processor war? Only 2017 will tell.