The 2013 holiday shopping season is set to be one of the biggest years for gadget shopping in nearly a decade with the Xbox One and PS4 coming alongside the iPhone 5S, the first real new iPad in a year and devices like smartwatches and wearable tech that will all stretch shoppers to the limit.
Here’s a preview of what gadgets we expect to see on holiday wishlists this year. Some of these new gadgets aren’t announced yet, but based on the latest leaks and rumors they will likely arrive in time for the 2013 holiday season.
The holiday shopping season and Black Friday are still months away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to pick the hottest holiday gadgets for 2013. Below we run down the most anticipated products, games and gadgets for the 2013 holiday season, and outline what you can expect to pay to check off gifts on your wishlist, or your kid’s 2013 holiday wishlist.
If you can’t take our word for it, listen to kids from 6 to 18 who year after year place the iPad, new game consoles and smartphones at the top of their holiday wishlists. This year, don’t be surprised if many of the items on this list also show up on lists from parents and grandparents as well.
We’ve already outlined what you need to save each day to buy the iPhone 5S, and with the prices below and a bit of smart planning you won’t need to rack up a big credit card bill to deliver the goods during the holidays.
The iPad 5 isn't an official product yet, but everything points to an iPad 5 release in time for the holiday shopping rush. The iPad was the most requested gift in 2012 according to a Nielsen survey and Apple scored big selling a brand new iPad during the busy shopping season. 2012 was the first year Apple offered a new iPad during the run up to the holidays.
Apple will likely offer the iPad 5 with a brand new design and better gaming abilities thanks to controller support and a faster processor. We already know iOS 7 will bring support for iPhone and iPad controllers, so by December we may start to see some inventive iPad games that harness the power of a faster processor and built-in controller support.
We don't expect to see a change in screen size, so the iPad 5 will likely deliver the same stunning 9.7-inch Retina Display iPad users are used to, but in a smaller package that looks a lot like the iPad mini.
Rumors point to an iPad 5 release in October, so Apple should have time to meet the initial demand and then keep store shelves stocked throughout the holiday season.
There's no reason to expect a higher price for the iPad 5, so $499 will be the entry point, but if this is a gift for a gamer plan to get the 32GB iPad 5 for $599 and budget $50 or so for an iPad controller. There are no prices available for the new controllers, but based on previous controllers, this sounds reasonable.
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