So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we’ve got just one piece of advice: WAIT. This is a horrible, horrible time to get a new rig. If you can hold out for just a few months, you’re going to do a whole lot better for yourself.
Sure, there’s almost always something better right around the corner whenever you buy anything, but this time it’s different. Mac? PC? It doesn’t matter. In just a few weeks, the guts that power pretty much any laptop you would buy are going to get a serious upgrade, compliments of Intel. The new chip, called Haswell, brings a drool-worthy list of improvements and features with it that are worth the wait. Stuff like:
Power-efficiency that keeps you running all day
Battery life is absolutely key in smartphones, and it’s damn important in laptops too (doubly so if you’re interested in one of those fancy new tablet-laptop convertibles). And we’re about to get a bunch of it. Thank to Haswell, this next generation of laptops will not only have more battery power, it’ll have a ton of it. We’re talking ultrathin ultrabooks that last 24 hours on a single charge, or up to ten days of standby power. Nothing on the market today comes close.
Pumped up performance
That increase in battery life doesn’t mean you’re going to be sacrificing power; quite the opposite. Haswell chips will let new laptops do way more with way less. The specifics of all this is still very hush-hush, but suffice it to say that the top-flight ultrabooks that will be rolling out these next few months will be significantly faster and more powerful than the one you have, with a longer battery life to boot. It’s two bonuses for the price of one.
Integrated graphics that are actually awesome
Speaking of performance advancements, Haswell is also bringing an awesome new brand of integrated graphics to the party. Iris graphics, as Intel is calling them, are twice as good as those wrapped into last year’s chips, which were already a few times better than the plenty respectable ones that came a year before that. Just like with battery power, this isn’t just a jump; it’s the biggest jump ever.
In short, Iris will let you play new, current games—like Modern Warfare 3 or Bioshock Infinite—on your ultrabook without getting a separate graphics card. And it can handle 4K video output, which is going to be important a few years down the line once this new ultra high definition tech catches on, and the monitors that support it get a little bit cheaper. Future-proof!
For Mac maniacs
Don’t hold your breath for a MacBook Air with an Retina display any time soon, but chances are both the Pro and Air lines will get updated with Haswell goodness at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this June. You should be able to order them right when they’re announced.
And PC people
The release of Windows 8 last year spawned a wave of innovative tablet-laptop convertibles that hasn’t let up since. Those won’t be going away, but Haswell’s power-efficiency will make tablet-modes much more dependable, especially for the ones that physically detach from their keyboard base. Laptops that turn into tablets are finally going to have tablet-like battery lives.
And that’s not all: this next crop of ultrabooks will be thinner and have touchscreens, so no more grabbing at unresponsive displays out of habit. And even if a touchable display isn’t something you’re into, the good ol’ fashioned non-touch screens will get the Haswell boost as well.
And even if you couldn’t care less
You should still wait! Even if you’ve got no use for the new hotness and would rather get your hands on some slightly out-dated hotness, the introduction of new-laptop-kids on the block will shove prices down for previous generations. Apple users will see an influx of heavily discounted refurb store stock, and last year’s PCs will be on perma-sale at any big box you go to.
So unless you have no patience and actively hate your money, cooling your jets for just a month or two is the right choice, no matter what you want. It’ll be worth the wait.
The Irish Technology Leadership Group will gather global CEOs and leading Irish executives in some of the world’s biggest technology companies in Cork in January in a Gathering-themed shindig. The aim will be to help local tech companies and entrepreneurs succeed on the global stage.
Cork’s renown as a technological hub has spread globally. The company has been home to international operations of Apple, EMC, IBM, Trend Micro, Big Fish Games and many more through the year, its reputation for software, hardware, electronics, e-business and wireless technology second to none.
In previous years the ITLG’s ‘Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland’ events were staged in Dublin, Belfast and Limerick and now its Cork’s turn. This year’s summit will be truly global with technology leaders from Europe, China, Russia, India and across the Americas in attendance.
Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, UCC and CIT have partnered with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) to bring this international event to Cork event on 21 and 22 January as part of The Gathering 2013.
Confirmed speakers include Craig Barrett, ITLG chairman and former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp.; Barry O’Sullivan, senior VP Cisco; Liam Casey, CEO PCH; James Herlihy, MD Deutsche Bank; Sean O’Donoghue, CTO Madison Square Garden; Rory McInerney, Intel; and Una Fox, VP Disney among others.
Opportunities for entrepreneurs
The event will include ‘fast pitch’ sessions for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and innovative businesses to pitch for investment, a technology showcase, University Challenge award and Technology Leaders Summit as well as a gala networking dinner. Companies should apply now to take part in the ‘pitch-camp’ sessions.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer said: “Cork has strong business links with Silicon Valley and we are delighted to deepen our relationship with US industry leaders while showcasing all that Cork has to offer in terms of a centre of excellence for innovation and commercialisation of new research as well as a great place to invest as a gateway to Europe.
“We are delighted to welcome the Irish Technology Leadership Group to Cork for the Silicon Valley comes to Ireland event,” Buttimer said.
Indigenous companies in the fields of mobile technologies, cloud, biotech and convergent pharma, nanotechnology and renewable energies among others will be invited to pitch their business ideas to the international delegation of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.�
“We are looking forward to seeing Ireland’s most innovative and disruptive technologies at the ‘fast pitch’ sessions to be held at the Global Technology Leaders Summit in Cork,” said John Hartnett, CEO ITLG.
“Those interested in pitching for investment from the global business leaders and investors should embrace the opportunity of the ITLG Silicon Valley comes to Ireland event and get in touch with us immediately”, Hartnett recommended.