What’s new in tech this fall?

Autumn is full of transformations and new beginnings. Many companies like Apple and Microsoft present keynotes and unveilings to announce their “new and improved” products in this time of change. With school in full swing, many students might be seeking out new technology to help them in their studies or amplify their adventures. Here is what there is to look forward to this Autumn in the digital world.


The brand new iPhone X, available at $999. Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.

On Sep. 12, Apple announced iPhone X, what is said to be “the future of the smartphone.” The new 5.8-inch OLED (100k to 1 contrast ratio) display gives the user the screen space as the iPhone 6/7+ in the body size of a regular iPhone 6/7. With its surgical-grade stainless steel exterior, the X is designed to be shock, dust and water resistant. The revolutionary A11 Bionic chip gives users a better Augmented Reality experience for loved games and apps, such as Pokémon Go. The iPhone X is also equipped with a new and improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization and a unique way to unlock the phone with face recognition ID with its TrueDepth camera. IPhone X will be available for pre-order on Friday, Oct. 27 and in stores on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.


Preorders are now available for what Microsoft is calling “World’s most powerful console.” The Xbox One X (formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”) was created to bring out true 4K games with smoother textures, faster frame rates and loading times. Though this advancement in graphics will bring out new games, old favorites will continue to work on the One X with its backwards compatibility. This new console is packed with impressive specs including 12GB of GDDR5 RAM memory, 1TB Hard Disk Drive and a UHD Bluray player. The Xbox One X can be preordered on several sites including Amazon and Xbox.com and will be in stores on Nov. 7.


The new tiny Polaroid camera. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.

On Aug 30, the Polaroid brand announced the release of its newest innovative camera. The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera combine digital technology with its famous instant 3.5×4.25-inch border prints. This new camera contains a Micro SD card reader to support almost 128GB of storage space. The 3.97-inch LCD display offers photo filters and edits before printing. The lenses itself has a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and has a Built-in dual LED flash for high quality images along with shooting 1080p HD video recording capacity. Along with the digital capabilities, this camera will still instant-print photos with its Zero Ink (ZINK) printing technology. Purchasing dates have not been published but Polaroid promises availability in time for the holidays.


Android users anticipate the unveiling of Google’s new Pixel phone. Though all information is speculation, the new devices are guessed to feature an always-on 18:9 HD display with bendable framing. Other guess technological specs include a 13Mp Single lens with dual-LED flash and Google assist headphones. The largest change to the Pixel series mobile will be the new operating system: Android Oreo, which was announced on Aug. 21. This new OS will have 2x faster boot-up time, Auto Fill app logins, dual screen display, improved battery life and more than 60 new emojis in the library. Though the OS was released, the phones themselves won’t be launched on Oct. 4, 2017.

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Ansleigh Mikesell