Gifts that must be bought for this holiday season

Gifts that must be bought for this holiday season

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Sara Messinger (’17)/ For Eastside

This year, the most popular corporate stores have announced an earlier start to the holiday shopping season; which will begin the night before Black Friday. The battle to the market is already beginning with the announcement of product releases. Every year, the consumers wait with much anticipated excitement for the new products to hit stores. This year will be another year full of innovative electronic gadgets and other products.

Without a doubt, one of the hottest items available for the holiday season is the new iPad Air, by Apple. The iPad Air is the updated version of the previous iPad models and is expected to be as successful as its predecessors.

The iPad Air, taking a lighter thinner approach, weighs a total of 1 pound. It is 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the previous iPad 4 model. This iPad comes with the new iOS7 software making its display more appealing to the eye. It is made up of mercury-free LCD display, which makes it easier to use. Perhaps the best thing about this new version iPad is its retina display, which makes the already sharp display even better.

Also new this season, mostly directed for the kids, is the new Xbox One, by Microsoft. The Xbox One will be released on November 22, 2013, exactly one week before the Black Friday madness.  This newest version of the Xbox will include many new features, including, a completely new design from the previous Xbox 360, 500GB hard drive, and the Xbox Kinect built into the system.  The Xbox One is reported to have an all-in-one entertainment system, including the availability to games, movies, music, sports, and TV.

For all the gamers out there, the long awaited next episode of Call of Duty, by Infinity Ward, is expected to be released shortly. This version titled “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” features innovative graphics and interactions, bringing the game to life for the player. The game takes place in the span of ten years in a world where America has fallen from world power. The odyssey adventure gives a rebirth to the popular Call of Duty series.

A portable sound system available to shoppers this holiday season is the Jambox by Jawbone. This great speaker comes in three different sizes: the mini, big, and standard original size.  The Jambox is wireless without docks and plays music through the Jambox Smartspeaker app, which can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or GooglePlay App Store. Other features include, a built in microphone for Bluetooth, up to fifteen hours of continuous play, and built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

For parents looking for the best cell phone, the new iPhone 5S that came out back in September is still on high demand. The iPhone 5S is a huge upgrade from the previous model, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S comes with many new features such as, the fingerprint identity sensor, a better and faster camera, more LTE coverage, and the new iOS7 software. The new design is slimmer, thinner, and lighter than ever before. The phone comes in three colors including grey, silver, and gold.

Shoppers should start getting prepared and start making their list and checking it twice in order to buy the best products for the upcoming holiday season.