Happy Turkey Day!! This is a quiet time of the year in technology, but there were some interesting announcements this month. About a week ago, Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 build referred to as version 1909. The good news is that unlike previous Windows 10 build release, version 1909, is not a full release but installs its updates like a monthly patch. This translates into a smaller download, faster and simpler installation with fewer issues. I will be posting a full review of Windows 10 version 1909 next month (after I have had a chance to test it).
Meanwhile, Apple finally released the long awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro. It is an evolutionary design in that the laptop is the same size as the previous 15-inch MabBook Pro released earlier this year. Both models have similar performance, but the 16-inch version weighs more. Apple did an admirable job “shoehorning” a 16-inch screen into the same space that used to be used for a smaller 15-inch screen. The biggest change in the new 16-inch model is a new keyboard which Apple users have been asking for. The ESC and inverted “T” keys have returned, and the keyboard mechanisms are similar to the Apple desktop keyboards.
In mobile technology, besides 5G, the other hot area is foldable cell phones. Samsung was first out of the gate with their Galaxy Fold, but their product has been plagued by delays and quality control issues. LG has also tried their hand at a foldable cell phone, but they too ran into problems. Last month Microsoft showed off an interesting foldable phone, but it won’t be available for about a year. The big surprise is that Motorola, the cell phone creator, has released a foldable phone that mimics the look and feel of their famous Razr phone. The phone literally looks like Razr phone of the early 2000s, until you open it. On the inside it can mimic the original Razr style while running “regular” Android. The reviews have been extremely positive on the new foldable Razr cell phone. It is available for pre-order now (exclusively on Verizon Wireless) and it will be available next month. Like most foldable phones, it is expensive with a $1,500 retail price.
If you are shopping for a new TV, computer, tablet or cell phone, remember to check for great Black Friday deals coming next weekend!