CES 2012: A Look Ahead

By Rahul Dowlath | Opinion

Well folks, it’s that time of year already: the annual Consumer Electronics Show is upon us. This yearly gathering of tech is a good indicator of what to expect during the year, and whilst the heavyweights are pulling out (Microsoft), or are always absent (Apple), their presence is always felt.

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In fact, I recently read that Apple’s very existence and subsequent rumour mill is enough to spur competitors in certain directions.

What We Can Expect At CES 2012:

1. Windows Phone and Nokia

Microsoft and an ailing Nokia last year announced a partnership to pair Windows Phone OS and Nokia devices. Now, we can anticipate a new Nokia device, the Lumina 900, to be announced. Rumoured specs suggest a 4.3″ WVGA display, 512MB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera.

Oh, and Windows Phone 7 software, of course. With the Nokia/Microsoft partnership beginning to bear fruit in the guise of these smartphones, here’s hoping that the previous mobile giant is able to regain some of its honour.

2. BlackBerry Announcements

Research in Motion candidly suggested that they’ll have some interesting things in store for us at this year’s CES via their Facebook page. According to their Facebook page:

What happens in Vegas… is going to be broadcast RIGHT HERE and on Twitter (@BlackBerry) next week during the Consumer Electronics Show. Even if you’re not at the event, you’ll get all of the details, so stay tuned for live updates and more from CES 2012. We have some tricks up our sleeves…

Perhaps an early announcement of the new BlackBerry 10 device? While I doubt that (the company has been at pains to make it known that we can only expect this later this year), it’ll be exciting to see what “tricks” they have in store for us…

3. Gorilla Glass 2

Gorilla Glass is the legendary glass that is used on many of today’s smartphones, including Apple’s iconic iPhone. Corning, the makers of the glass, have announced that they’ll be showcasing the next generation of their flagship product, which they say will allow for thinner end-product designs. This is a clear indicator of where mobile tech will be heading this year, and in the near-future.

4. MacBook Air-like Devices

When Apple first introduced the MacBook Air, it was overpriced and many people ridiculed it as an overpriced netbook. However, it’s now one of the cheapest products in Apple’s mobile lineup (bar the iOS devices), and with the 11″ model, it proves a serious contender for the lightweight mobile crowd. And in classic Apple fashion, it has become a trendsetter for many competitors to follow.

Thus, we can expect to see a plethora of ultra lightweight notebooks from the likes of Intel, Acer and their brethren. If anything, this will spur the originator (Apple) to be at the top of their game when their notebook announcements come along (usually toward the end of the year).

5. Television

The television industry is set to be shaken this year. Talks of the elusive Apple Television are almost reaching fever pitch, and the current giants – Sony, Samsung etc. – are already scrambling to release what they might think are the future killers of this yet-to-be released product, without Apple even breathing a word about it. Expect to see lots of “smart” televisions.

As for 3D TV: whilst I still consider it to be a “gimmick”, it’s a given that we’ll be seeing a host of new sets with this capability. Hopefully priced tastefully too…

So what are you looking forward to at this year’s CES? Drop a line in the comments and let us know!

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I'm a young writer from South Africa, chronicling the changing tides in the ever-flowing river of technology. Focusing mainly on Apple-related technologies, I enjoy sharing my opinion and giving a few tips and tricks here and there on the latest and greatest from 1 Infinite Loop. I'm an avid blogger, and an even more avid reader.