Welcome to 2022!
There is a tonne of tech planned for this year, and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on some of it - well, hopefully, I can with all the chip shortages going on. Let's take a look at the tech you can expect to see in 2022!
Whilst 2021 has been full of some great handsets like the S21, Pixel 6, iPhone 13, and more unique devices like the Fold, Flip, and fast charging wizards like the OnePlus 9, 2022 promises to be another exciting year.
I'm excited to see what Google comes up with next. I know the Pixel 6 has only just come out, but I think last year, there was such a hype with the Pixel 6 Flagship, that hopefully, they'll now stick to this premium range of phones - all whilst still keeping their prices more affordable than the Apples to Apple's competition.
The Google Pixel Smartwatch which I was expecting last year, is hopefully coming very soon this year. That is definitely something I'm looking forward to taking a bite of.
The iPhone will probably just get another minor spec bump this year, but I really, really hope I get to see USB C. It's literally on every other product Apple makes make and it's about time we saw it on the iPhone.
I also think this year we'll start to see some more foldable phones come through the market, and one of those is rumoured to be Google...
LAPTOPS AND DESKTOPS
Starting off with Apple once more and personally I think they just won the Internet last year. Their M1 processors basically had more processing power than an Intel i9 Processor but consumed about a third less power than any of their competitors.
Intel has responded with more powerful chips, but they actually end up using more power to do so!
We've already seen the M1X and M1 Pro Chips which boost that performance even further, so I'm really, really interested in seeing what comes out next year.
Apple has already put the M1 Chips into the Mac Mini, iMac, and iPads, so I imagine 2022 will be the year of the Pro Chips going into the desktop pro products like the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro, but also perhaps an M2 chip.
I skipped out on the newer M1 chips as the first-gen M1 is already more than what I need, but I'll probably pick up one of the next generation machines instead to see how well they perform, don't forget of course to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see more of that.
VR AND AR
Let's talk VR and AR now. The Oculus Quest 2 has been, by far, one of the most fun gaming and overall experiences that I've had in a while.
Unlike the foldable phones that felt gimmicky after just a couple of weeks of ownership, the Quest 2 has provided countless hours of entertainment, immersed in VR worlds from Star Wars to Half-Life and so many other fun arcade games. It does make you wonder, what next?
Well, at Facebook Connect last year, Mark Zuckerburg announced a VR headset, called Project Cambria. Now, this isn't the Oculus Quest 3, not a direct successor to the Quest 2, but it will be compatible with Quest devices.
However and with that said, they have also confirmed that development is still underway on the next generation of its budget-friendly VR headsets.
Chances are that we'll get at least one of these 2 devices this year. I would think that it would be the Quest 3, the cheaper and more affordable VR headset like suggested, with the newer AR Project Cambria coming in 2023.
This also opens up an interesting opportunity for Apple with their very own Apple Glasses, which is where Apple will take all of their existing, very well designed AR technology that they have been slowly adding to iPhones and iPads in recent years, and squeeze it either into a pair of Glasses, or more likely fit some of the tech into a pair of glasses, but work with a connected nearby phone via Wifi or Bluetooth.
The race is definitely now on to see who can produce the best not just virtual reality experience, but augmented reality experience and the best metaverse where you can meet and hang out with friends in a realistic virtual world. If you don't get the whole metaverse, then watch Ready Player 1 and that is basically what it means in a nutshell.
Just before the next one, let me know in the comments down below if there is something YOU are looking forward to seeing this year and I'll see if I can get hold of it to review when it comes out.
YEAR OF THE ELECTRIC CAR?
Will 2022 be the year of the Electric Car? If 2021 wasn't already a sign with Tesla beating ALL of its rivals and claiming the highest sales due to its production process and online ordering when in comparison to the competition, then 2022 will only be a continuing trend as countries join each other in going electric and ditching the dinosaur fuelled cars.
Apple once again is rumoured to be producing their own car, though there have been many rumours that they might be looking to partner up with someone where they can apply their software skills to someone else's hardware. Most talked about recently, is that that could be Lucid.
It's very early days, and that's just a rumour from someone analysing a video call with Peter Walinson, CEO of Lucid, asking for a Big Silicone Valley to come partner with Lucid on their software.
But I just can't wait to drive an Apple Car, I can just envision the level of integration it could have with the Apple ecosystem.
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