The arrival of September brings with it the familiar sounds of kids heading back to school, shorter days and chilly mornings. The shift from summer to fall will also bring new tech product introductions that are expected to include Apple's iPhone and smartwatch, along with Samsung's fourth generation Galaxy Note. Once debuted, the cool new products will hit the shelves and websites of retailers large and small.
New iPhones, Apple watch
Apple will once again grabbed the attention of tech geeks when it is expected to debut two new iPhones. Published reports indicate one will have a 4.7-inch screen, and another will feature a 5.5-inch display. In addition, chatter throughout the tech industry has indicated that Apple may also introduce a smartwatch of some sort. Whether it channels Dick Tracy with the new watch remains to be seen. Apple officials, of course, had no comment.
Samsung recently expanded its Galaxy smartphone line with the Galaxy Alpha. The device includes a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR for an unrivaled viewing and photo experience. Alpha also offers a number of features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables. In addition, Samsung in early September is expected to debut its fourth generation Galaxy Note with events held simultaneously in the United States, Europe and China.
Microsoft Surface Pro
For those who can't choose between a tablet and laptop, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 may be for your. Transforming from a tablet to a laptop (with the optional keyboard) to a desktop (with the optional docking station) and back again, the third generation is thinner and lighter, while offering a larger 12-inch high-definition display with built-in kickstand. Surface Pro 3 includes the Surface Pen for drawing and note taking. With it you can mark presentations, PDFs and documents just like you would on paper.
Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.com Inc., introduces the Fire Phone during an event at Fremont Studios in Seattle, June 18, 2014. The phone, with a screen measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, is smaller than leading Android phone, but larger than Apple's current iPhone. The Fire Phone is designed to bring features found in other Amazon devices, such as X-ray for supplemental content and Mayday for live tech support.
Apple is expected to debut a new iPad with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. (The iPad Air is shown here). The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people. No comment yet from Apple officials.
The website Android Geeks reported that Google will soon be releasing the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 within the foreseeable future. An official launch date, however, has not been announced. Stay tuned for details.
Debuted earlier this year, the Pebble Steel smartwatch features an enhanced look to make more like a traditional wrist timepiece. The Steel is offered with a metallic band or leather band and the face is covered in Gorilla Glass. On the technological side, it offers battery life of up to seven days, thousands of apps, music control, fitness tracking and more.
With holiday shopping on the horizon (sorry folks, it's true), Sony's PlayStation 4 could again be a hot item with gamers looking to update their home video game systems. As of last August, Sony has sold some 10 million PS4 consoles and more could find their way into the homes of local residents.
Microsoft Windows 9 is expected to be released by the end of September, according to a report by CNET. Microsoft is planning to hold a special event on Sept. 30 to show off its new version of Windows 9. Published reports indicated that the new operating system's name has not been made official. The new Windows is expected to include a variety of improvements that include a 'mini' Smart Menu, separate windows for Metro-style applications running on the desktop and support for virtual desktops.