Tech changes on the horizon
Tech titan Apple, Inc. took another turn in its post-Steve Jobs era, when it was announced that stalwart designer Sir Jony Ive is to leave the company.
Ive will be setting up his own design consultancy and will count Apple as one of its clients.
Sometimes cited as the Lennon-McCartney of the consumer technology world, Jobs and Ive were responsible for some of the most iconic and successful designs of technology products from the late 1990s onwards. Ive played a major role in the reboot of the company with the original, playful iMac, laying the foundation for collaborating with Jobs on numerous eponymous products.
“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators. I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
If you thought 4K was as high-definition as you could get, the prospect of 8K OLED televisions has just become a consumer reality.
LG will shortly be taking pre-orders for its 88-inch set in Europe that features a custom alpha 9 Gen 2 8K intelligent processor. This processor uses deep learning technology to optimise content and uses effective 8K upscaling, resulting in the most life-like picture currently possible. It also analyses room ambient conditions to achieve the perfect level of screen brightness.
“Being the first to market with the world’s first and largest 8K OLED TV shows our commitment to leading the ultra-premium TV segment and delivering the ultimate viewing experience,” said Brian Kwon, president of the Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies at LG. “LG was a pioneer in bringing OLED to market and we will continue to introduce state-of-art TV technologies that push the boundaries of what’s possible in home entertainment.”
Final specifications are pending and territory-dependent, although features such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration are slated for inclusion.
You’ll never have to leave the sofa again.