By now, everyone knows the drill: Apple releases new flagship iPhone designs in even-numbered years (iPhone 3G in 2008, 4 in 2010, 5 in 2012), and follows up with an "S" upgrade in odd years (3GS in 2009, 4S in 2011). We expect 2013 to follow that pattern, with the all-but-certain iPhone 5S hitting in September. While the external design will likely look nearly identical to its predecessor, likely improvements will include a faster processor, possibly a better camera, and (definitely) iOS 7, which was already previewed in June.
Read: iPhone 5S: What we expect Read: iPhone 6: Most-wanted features
Read: iOS 7 changes are overwhelmingly cosmetic (hands-on)
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The presumed iPhone 5S is likely to be one of two iPhones we'll see announced in September. The other is the so-called iPhone 5C, also known as the "cheap iPhone" or "iPhone Mini." This model is expected to have a plastic casing and some other step-down features, and be available at a lower cost ($399 off contract?) than the premium iPhone model. That would allow Apple to market a new model to more price-sensitive international markets and budget cell providers.
Read: iPhone 5C: What we expect about the announcement, specs, and release date of Apple's rumored cheaper iPhone
In a recent poll, 79 percent of CNET readers said they wanted a larger-screen iPhone. They'll probably be out of luck in 2013, but Android fans, on the other hand, already have plenty of jumbo-screen models to choose from, and more on the horizon. The next notable "phablet" is likely to be the Galaxy Note 3, which Samsung is set to debut at the IFA conference on September 4. Expect a bigger (possibly 5.7-inch screen), better version of 2012's big-screen fave, the Note 2 (pictured above).
Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Announcement, specs, and details we know so far
Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2: The CNET review
Did you have a burning desire to buy the Nintendo 3DS, but didn't like the 3D feature? Or the convenient clamshell design? Well, then, you're in luck! Nintendo will be releasing a slate-style, 2D-only version of the 3DS in October. It plays all of the 3DS games (sans 3D, natch), and has a controversial flat design. But the $129 price is wallet-friendly -- $40 less than the 3DS. Cheap enough to make this a stocking stuffer -- or at least an iPod Touch alternative for the kids? Time will tell.
Shipping date: October 12, 2013 Price: $129
Read: Nintendo 2DS drops a dimension and price, coming October 12 for $129
Read: Nintendo 3DS: The CNET review
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Apple Mac Pro
Apple gave a rare peek behind the curtain at its June WWDC event and confirmed the rumors: a new Mac Pro is coming later this year. The new model boasts a unique -- and polarizing -- tubular design. Internal expandability appears minimal; instead, the new super-Mac delivers a cluster of rear-panel USB, Lightning, and HDMI ports for connecting external peripherals. Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect it to be eye-popping -- this is a machine targeted at professionals, not home users.
Read: A bold new look for the Mac Pro desktop (first take) Read: How much will the new Mac Pro cost?
LG isn't the first company to come to mind when you think "smartphone," but the company is ramping up its superphone offerings with the all-new G2. The Android model features a 5-inch 1080p screen, a unique back-mounted control set (shown), and a zippy Snapdragon 800 processor. Look for it to hit carriers worldwide soon.
Read: LG G2: Read the CNET hands-on first take
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