De elf spannendste gadgets die je in 2015 kan kopen

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Voor dit jaar is het over met nieuwe gadgets. Maar wat biedt 2015? Een vooruitblik:

1. Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will be Apple’s first new product category under CEO Tim Cook. While the company introduced the watch in September, we only got a limited look at all its features. Apple is still working on the device, so expect to get more details when it launches in early 2015.

2. Windows 10

Microsoft gave the world a small preview of the next version of Windows, Windows 10, this fall. Windows 10 is designed to work on all devices including smartphones, laptops, desktops, and the Xbox. It can also change its interface depending on what kind of device you’re using thanks to a feature called Continuum. It’s still in the early stages, but Windows 10 will launch before the end of 2015.

3. Galaxy S6

Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, will likely launch in early 2015. Details are scarce, but some early rumors suggest this will be the biggest upgrade yet to Samsung’s Galaxy phone. Supposedly, Samsung has given the Galaxy S6 the codename “Zero” because it’s designing the phone from the ground up.

4. Samsungs buigzame scherm

Samsung recently announced that it will start mass producing bendable displays in 2015. By the end of the year, it also expects to ship its first phone with a bendable display.

5. Een grotere iPad

Apple is preparing a larger version of the iPad with a 12-inch screen, according to a report from Bloomberg in August. While nothing is guaranteed yet, Apple appears to be planning an early 2015 launch for the so-called iPad Pro.

6. Een nieuwe HTC One

HTC set a new bar for Android device design when it launched the HTC One in 2013. It was the only phone that rivaled the iPhone in terms of looks and build quality. The second version launched this spring, and we expect the third iteration of the One to launch in March or April 2015.

7. Virtual reality headset

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that impressed Mark Zuckerberg so much he bought the company for $2 billion, is still in development but expected to launch by the end of 2015. At first, the Oculus Rift will mostly be for gaming. But in the years to come people will be able to use the Rift for social networking, interactive movies, and virtual concerts.

8. Nog een headset

Project Morpheus is Sony’s take on a virtual reality headset. It’s designed to work with the PlayStation 4 and will likely launch by the end of 2015.

9. Een moderne versie van Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is going to get an overhaul next year. The company is working on a new touch-friendly version of Office for Windows tablets and touchscreen laptops. It’s similar to the new version of Office for the iPad and will likely launch around the same time as Windows 10 in 2015.

10. Een nieuwe OnePlus-smartphone

Chinese startup OnePlus released a very impressive phone this year called the One. The Android device has all the best features as top-tier phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, but only costs about $350. The phone is insanely popular because you can usually only buy it with an invitation from the company. And OnePlus is already working on the next version, which should launch in the first half of 2015. According to sources, the new version will be customizable and might have a smaller screen.

11. De integratie van Beats Music in iTunes

Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Music means it now has access to a pretty good streaming service. Rumor has it Apple will integrate Beats Music into iTunes to make it a viable competitor to popular services like Spotify. According to Re/code’s Peter Kafka, Apple is considering making its streaming service cheaper than Spotify so it’s more appealing.

    • Steve Kovach