CES 2015 is over, everyone’s shown their best, and everyone has gone home. We got drones, self-driving cars, new silicon chips, new laptops, new televisions, and even a dishwasher with a sink on top. The best things announced at CES 2015 weren’t new-fangled technology, they weren’t astounding disruptions that will change how we view information forever.
Instead, the awesome announcements were about something really boring: standards.
Ah, the inevitable march of technology. Instead of typing on my desktop, I’m actually sitting in a booth at Chili’s typing this on a combination of my new iPad Mini and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. It’s an interesting experience to say the least. It’s not a complete replacement for a laptop at this point – the WiFi is a bit spotty, it’s lacking in programs, and the keyboard is a bit small for my large hands – but it’s definitely “good enough”.
I could see this being a firm part of my Convention Warrior kit, alongside whatever will replace my horrible 14-inch Lenovo ultrabook (seriously, 2.5 hour battery life?). When I want to get deep into the flow, I can’t see myself typing on this keyboard, but if I need to jot down a quick post in-between interview or demo sessions? This could do the job.
Just finished watching Gone Girl, which is a severe mindtrip of a film. I haven’t digested the movie enough to really dig into my thoughts on the film, so I’m going to sidestep and focus on current events. Most notably CES 2015. CES stands for “Consumer Electronics Show”, the annual showcase of everything high-tech, not to be confused with mobile-focused Mobile World Congress a month later. While the latter show will have this year’s slate of smartphones, CES is more of general technology showcase, meaning CPUs, GPUs, laptops, televisions, cameras, fitness bands, and more.
CES is our glimpse into what manufacturers think will be the next big thing. Of course, the problem with this is no one really knows what the next big thing is until new, unproven ideas meet current technology and consumer need. It’s the last part that’s really a shot in the dark.
Other than the release of Bungie’s Destiny, today was mostly Apple’s day. Outside of competing mega-events like E3, Apple announcements generally crowd out any other news that could possibly happen, like dropping a firebomb in a closed room. Most tech sites were on-hand or online, tweeting, writing, and taking pictures of every moment. Even Apple was in hype mode: if you didn’t catch the livestream on Safari or another Apple device, the company also had a page collecting ongoing remarks about the event.
And what was announced? Largely everything the tech press had been rumoring for the past few months. There’s the iPhone 6, a 4.7-inch extension of Apple’s current flagship phone, and the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch model that’s a direct shot at Samsung’s money-making Galaxy Note line of phablets (a portmanteau of phone and tablet, because no one felt like coming up with an actual name.) Then there were the additional announcements that broke with Apple’s current naming schemes, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay. The latter two announcements dispense with actually saying “Apple” in their names, because the company has finally realized that its logo and brand is enough to draw customers in.