A dull year for Apple, but its iPhone and portable series thrived

youhe year 2022 has been an interesting year for consumer electronics. That was the year the world began to emerge from the pandemic. But as I wrote in one column, East it is also the year that smart phones, In particular, it got boring.

Although this piece is about the best in the business, I hope you didn’t have to make a purchase.

Yes, 2022 was the year the smartphone became the PC, no only in terms of technology suffering from the law of diminishing returns, but also in terms of stagnant Sales.

In the meantime, the smartwatch space exploded in 2022. There are new deals in the ultra-premium and affordable category. True wireless earphones have also become a thing. Despite Meta’s best efforts, VR has yet to hit prime time, but that will happen sooner rather than later when the “fruit” company jumps into space.

Consumer electronics matured in 2022, but it didn’t change the game.

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The usual suspects

As one might imagine when talking about phones, my picks were the new iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus, Google Pixel 7 Pro, Vivo X80 Pro, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, Pixel 6A, Nothing Phone (1) , Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy S22 Ultra, and the OnePlus 10R.

Featured phone here is iPhone 14 Plus, which I think should be the default option in the high-end category. 14 Pro is just for someone who wants to flaunt the the last Apple iphone For Android purists and camera fanatics, it’s going to be the Pixel 7 Pro. People looking for a more complete Android experience should go for the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Vivo X80 Pro.

For people looking for phones in the sub-Rs 40,000 category, the Pixel 6A is a great choice. The new Nothing Phone (1) is equally impressive, and its design is a conversation starter. Perhaps the best package is still the OnePlus 10R, which is fast, powerful, and packs great battery life. The new iPhone SE is an option for iOS users, but battery life can be a deciding factor.

For those Who wants a foldable, the recommendation is the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G is an excellent option for an entry-level 5G-enabled smartphone.

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The wearable and audible gang

When it comes to wearables and hearing devices, Apple is again the 800-pound gorilla of the industry because it dominates with smartwatches and TWS earphones. Its upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 8 has been lukewarm at best, with the company without implementing any design or processor upgrades, and only bringing sensor suite upgrades.

The big change came with the Apple Watch Ultra get a titanium frame, larger screen, sophisticated sensors with IP6X dust and 100-meter water resistance, needed by professional swimmers and divers. Adds a GPS antenna for better triangulation for dual-frequency GPS, one action buttondual speakers, Y a 36 hour battery life, which can scale to 60 hours with low power settings.

There is also an 86 decibel siren to attract people if you are in trouble along with a MIL-STD 810H certified.

Samsung combined it with his Galaxy Watch5 Pro. It also has a bigger battery., a titanium frame with sapphire crystal, and more sophisticated software features than appeal to those who are in hiking and fitness. It also works well with Samsung smartphones and other Android devices, but it may not be as sophisticated as Apple Ultra. Nonetheless, is a great option.

The Fitbit Sense 2 was also launched this year In India, bringing you the best personal fitness smartwatch in a sleek design. It is the one you should give to your parents.

As for wireless headphones, Apple, after almost three years, launched the AirPods Pro 2, and they are just fabulous. They sound like the AirPods Max, which is wild. They have a great battery life and amazing noise cancellation with a Awesome transparency mode that allows you to use them as earplugs to protect your ears from noise surroundings.

Microphones and noise. cancellation they are sublime, which means they are great for calls. And they come with a spatial audio magic trick., which, when paired with Apple Music or the correct video content, provides a dazzling experience. But they only dazzle with an iPhone.

However, Google’s Pixel Buds Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro2 are very slick. I’d say Samsung’s headphones sound even better than Apple’s, thanks to its lossless codec support, but that’s a Samsung-only experience. Its fit is discreet and superb. But if one seeks a uniform experience, I would go with the Pixel Buds Pro, which is more of a jack of all trades.

For people who want larger wireless headphones, the new Sony WX-1000M5 is simply the best on the market. Best-in-class noise cancellation, battery life, and fit, and excellent audio quality are its markers.

The return of the PC?

This year has marked a kind of second coming for Intel, as seen with numerous AlderLake based devices. If 2020 and 2021 were all about Apple’s Mac M-series dazzling with battery life and performance never before seen in a laptop, then “chipzilla” had something to say.

Whether gaming laptops, mainstream workstation laptops, or even the desktop, Intel’s new processors are starting to take a turn. Is delivering the performance one expects from the company that put the word “silicon” in Silicon Valley. my recent column in gaming laptops is a testament to that.

But perhaps the craziest thing we’ve seen in the PC space still came from Apple. It was the Mac Studio, that came out of nowhere with the M1 Ultra chip that is more powerful than even the Intel-based Mac Pro that costs more than a bmw. The Mac Studio is expensive, but it’s nowhere near the cost of a bmw, but it’s great if you have the use case for it.

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What to expect from 2023

Year 2023 is going to be exciting because many of us are looking forward to Apple entering the VR/AR space with Apple Glasses., which will likely bring this category into the mainstream. This year I was bored with respect to Apple, but we can expect a new Mac Pro with a new M-series chip, that will leave us speechless.

There will also be new MacBook Pro models., which will be even better than the current crop, along with the iPhone 15 line, which will likely feature a newer design. There will also be a redesigned iPad Pro. So for Apple, 2023 will be exciting.

Google is expected to enter the foldable phone space, which could give the category another boost, while Samsung is expected to double its lead in the category. Big things are also expected in the IoT space from Samsung.

Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, MediaTek and MediaTek are expected to launch a “new silicon”, which will further expand the technology that will leak into Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products. So one can expect 2023 to be more exciting than 2022 and 2021, but perhaps not as fun as 2020.

Sahil Mohan Gupta is a Delhi-based technology journalist. Tweet @DigitallyBones. Views are personal.

(Edited by Tarannum)

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