I know the year is not yet over, but I would like to put this out there for you to think about as it draws near to its end. This is also because the consumer tech calendar is basically over. The phenomenon known as tech-tober has fizzled out. All the consumer tech companies have released their biggest products including Apple, and Google among many others. The end of tech-tober has left us with some awesome gadgets and services that will serve us well into the coming year. However, some of these are not just good products to use, they are also trend setters that are going to shape the way we interact with technology in the coming months. At the top of this trend setting list is Apple’s products, which comes as no surprise. Apple has always been that trend setter that companies copy, their innovations usually determine what we shall see in the future. For instance, we can blame Apple for the notch and killing of the headphone jack on flagship phones and in their usual fashion, they are influencing the future with these. Mid range smartphones in between flagships When Apple announced the release of their iPhone Xs and Xs Max which they called the best iPhone they have made to date, they also announced a small lower end product called the iPhone XR with lower specs price tag. The XR was made to cater for the clients that would want a new iPhone but don’t have the money to spend on a pricey flagship. This strategy made sense so much that Google is reportedly working on a new mid range Pixel phone to compliment its Pixel 3 and 3XL phones that were released this year. Their new phone has lower specs and price tag than its bigger cousins. This is a trend that I see being adapted by some other phone manufacturers in 2019. The tablet replacing the laptop It has been a while since tablets were a thing. Their popularity disappeared almost as fast as they came but tech-tober saw the return of the iPad. A faster, sleeker and more powerful tablet than anything we have seen before. The new iPad has been praised for its convenience and power, its praise has even overshadowed the Microsoft Surface that came before it. With a large interface, powerful specs including pencil support and a keyboard, it is being suggested and argued that the new iPad could replace laptops. At the moment, tablets replacing laptops isn’t seen as a viable thing yet, but it is something that device manufacturers are going to consider. Tablet makers are already making tablets that are as powerful as high end laptops however, laptop manufactures like Lenovo, Acer and the like have adopted tablet like features like a detachable screen or fold-able keyboards. The possibilities for 2019 are endless, we could see a lot of new technology emerging from the shadows from big tech companies like Apple being one of the leading innovative tech giants come next year.