Smartphones, ultrabooks and “the next big thing”

A panel of South African technology newshounds have revealed what they are would like to happen in the world of technology during 2013.

The group consisted of some of South Africa’s most informed people, including:

Panellists weren’t restricted to a set list of trends to choose from and there was a wide spectrum of expectations from the group.

Muller said that he will be watching the battle between iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10. “The launch of BB10 will have an impact on South Africa’s smartphone market, so it will be interesting to see if they can compete with the likes of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8,” said Muller.

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Vorster said that he is waiting for the ‘lost’ Steve Jobs blueprint to a revolutionary gadget. “Anything to avoid seeing the world go gaga over the launch of the iPhone version 5S ahead of ‘Black Friday’,” Vorster said. Apple post-Steve Jobs will be interesting to watch, Vorster said.

Goldstuck said that he is looking forward to ultrabooks as good as the MacBook Air, but competing on price as well as specs.

He would also like to see BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony, HP, and Microsoft making comebacks in 2013, while Huawei and ZTE join the pantheon of major global smartphone brands.

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