First up, Apple is about to drop a whole host of new shiny toys at the end of September. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are the most worthwhile upgrades in the lineup as they boast Apple’s first ever variable refresh rate screens, offering noticeably smoother gaming, streaming and browsing. The new iPad Mini is also a worthy purchase for home entertainment enthusiasts, thanks to its much larger screen and Apple Pencil 2 support for precise drawing and note-taking. The company will also debut the Apple Watch Series 7 later this autumn, boasting yet another larger screen as well as faster charging.
Samsung, Apple’s major competitor, isn’t resting on its laurels either. Its just-released Galaxy Z Fold3 unfurls into something resembling a small tablet, while the Galaxy Z Flip3 snaps vertically to form a compact clamshell. Neither phone is cheap at £1600 and £950 respectively, but Samsung has now finally perfected the design to avoid breakages, and these are the only two phones on the market to boast a real “wow” factor.
Another upgrade you could make this winter is the Sonos Beam Gen 2, out in October for £450, which incorporates two dedicated speakers to blast music and movies around you in glorious Dolby Atmos surround. And if you want to stay always-connected and look good doing it, Ray-Ban’s new Stories smart glasses (£299) stream music, broadcast to Facebook and take calls without having to pull out your phone.