7 things to look forward to in 2017

Jack Rintoul, opinions writer

Iphone 7s

With Apple typically releasing a new phone annually after the first iPhone hit the market, this year seems to be no different. While other new features are expected, a recent patent filed by Apple depicts a phone that is entirely glass with no buttons. Could this be the earliest stages of the newest iPhone or just an idea for Apple in the future?

Wearable Tech

Could 2017 be the year of new technology for clothing? With new products such as Heacket, a heated, battery-powered jacket, and WELT, a smart belt that can track your fitness data or even charge your phone. Technology looks to change the clothing market.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is planning on releasing a new console for the first time since the Wii U in 2012. It’s called the Nintendo Switch and will come out in stores March 3. The multi-purpose gaming console will serve as an upgrade to the Wii U, allowing the player to either use a handheld controller and play on the TV or allow the player to take the game with them wherever they go.

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse will create a natural blackout of cities in the United States on August 21. Lucky for us, St. Louis is within the boundaries where the solar eclipse will hit. According to NASA, the total eclipse will last for a little more than a minute around Kirkwood. Get ready for a phenomenon the U.S. hasn’t experienced since 1918.


Shake Shack coming to St. Louis

At the southeast corner of Euclid and West Pine Blvd., Shake Shack will open their first St. Louis location in the Central West End. The New York based, high-end, fast food establishment is making its way to founder, Danny Meyer’s, hometown. The now St. Louis burger spot is set to open sometime in 2017.

St. Louis Sports

After the disheartening World Series title won by the Chicago Cubs and the loss of the Rams to L.A., St. Louis sports don’t have any direction to move except for up. After an exciting Winter Classic win over the Blues’ rival, the Chicago Blackhawks and the signing of star Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, both the Blues and Cardinals are looking to make the best of 2017.

More accurate weather Forecasts

Last fall the NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) launched a new satellite into space which can capture more accurate storm images and gather weather changes more quickly and scan the Earth faster. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean better weather, just a more trustworthy seven-day forecast.