2015 looks as if it's going to be a bang-up year in technology. Here's the five best tech products to look forward to in the coming year.
It's been fashionable to bash Microsoft the last several years, and with good reason. Windows 8 was the worst operating system disaster in the company's history, and Microsoft is nowhere in mobile. But 2015 could be a banner year for the company, in part due to the release of Windows 10. No, the new Windows won't be perfect, but my first look at it shows a very good operating system that fixes many of Windows 8's myriad woes.
Expect the Apple Watch to launch early in the year. Yes, I know, you're probably thinking, who needs a smart watch? Not many people do. But Apple products are about what people want, not what they need. And plenty of people will find themselves wanting the Apple Watch when it comes out.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung's Galaxy S line of phones has given the iPhone a run for its money. The Galaxy line could use a good refresh, and I'm betting that the S6 will be the one to do it. Rumors say that Samsung has launched a "Project Zero" to rethink the phone. It's hard to know what that will mean, but at a minimum expect a thinner, lighter phone with a larger screen, better processor, powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, and probably much more as well.
12-inch iPads and MacBook Airs
If rumors are to be believed, Apple seems to have a thing for 12-inch screens. One set of rumors say that Apple will release an iPad with a 12-inch screen, and another says that the company is going to release a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina screen. I want them both.
Microsoft Surface Mini
This one may be a longshot, because Microsoft is believed to have been working on a Surface Mini and then pulled the plug in 2014r. But rumors keep resurfacing about the Mini going live in 2015. I hope they're true. Microsoft's Surface tablets have a lot going for them, and only one thing going against them: Their too-high price. If Microsoft prices the Mini right, it could be a maxi winner.