It’s been a pretty decent year for new devices so far, including the iPad 3 (or “new iPad”) in March, the Samsung Galaxy S III in May, and the Asus Nexus 7 in June. So, yeah, pretty good if you forget about the massive disappointments that were CES and Mobile World Congress. Ahem.
However, the next few months are set to be big’uns, with all sorts of products rumoured to be launching and causing jaws to drop and that.
I’ve just realised while scribbling that only one of these date/announcement/product combinations is official. As such, I recommend updating your diary in pencil only.
How do you want to do this? Chronological order? You got it.
Date: August 15
Event: “Major” product announcement from Samsung
Why should you care?: We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to be launched. For the third time.
A recent invite promises we’ll “Meet the new way” (whatever that means), which ties in with a recent ad ending with the slogan “Note, the new way”.
Far from being just another tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed with multitasking in mind (nice multiple window action), and invites users to throw things around the screen with the stylus.
Date: August 29
Event: IFA 2012 in Berlin
Why should you care?: Okay, IFA doesn’t actually open its doors till August 31, but it’s tradition at these expos for the larger manufacturers to hold exclusive events in the day(s) prior.
The rumour mill is 99.9% certain that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA, based on, er, nothing concrete, to be honest. Though word on the street is: Samsung wants to get in with a shiny new smartphone before Apple launches the iPhone 5.
Date: September 5
Event: Nokia World
Why should you care?: Nokia is tipped to dish the dirt on its first Windows Phone 8 devices, while Microsoft is expected to reveal a bit more about the OS. And presumably Windows Phone 7.8. Ahem.
Date: September 12
Event: iPhone 5 launch
Why should you care?: Because the iPhone 5 will be, without a shadow of a doubt, The Best Smartphone Of All Time.
I jest, of course, but the iPhone 5 is expected to be a fairly significant leap – as far as Apple devices go. While the iPhone 4S looks identical to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is tipped to weigh in with a 4in display (a 0.5in boost), retaining the iPhone 4S’ width while stretching up the way.
There’s also the possibility of an iPad mini launch on September 12, but… we’re not convinced.
In any case, iOS 6 will land a few days before the iPhone 5 release date, for anyone with an iPhone 3GS or above, iPad 2 or 3, or fourth gen iPod touch.
Date: October 26
Event: Windows 8 launch
Why should you care?: October 26 marks the arrival of not only Windows 8 the operating system, but also the Microsoft Surface tablet (the ARM-based RT model, anyway). Will it be a colossal failure, or a true iPad puncher? Time will tell.
Of course, there’s more than just the Microsoft Surface; the iPad will – by the end of the year – face an army of Windows 8 tablets with Intel and ARM-based chips, from OEMs like Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, HP, and Dell. Good times.