1) Apple TV – Apple will form an alliance with a Major provider for content for Apple TV. Not a Network but probably an alliance with NetFlix or a Comcast.
2) Apple will produce a lower cost watch with a smaller feature set.
3) Apple will also offer a “boot camp” version of the iPad Pro.
4) This will be the first year in some time that Apple will not offer any “Blockbuster Innovation” this year.
Talk about a “hot” product category! Sure, there are isolated issues with batteries catching fire, and people who don’t practice tend to fall off and hurt themselves. But with prices already dipping toward $200, hoverboards are going to be EVERYWHERE in 2016. I’ve got one and it’s insanely fun to ride. My only fear is that now people will walk even less, so obesity will continue to rise.
They’re not going anywhere. The question is whether any one company can craft the perfect fitness band or smartwatch. Apple, Motorola, Pebble, Sony and others have tried, but not one product has really caught on in a big way. We’ll see if the Apple has learned enough from the first-gen model to make this category a success.
The end of two-year phone contracts
Shane Hamelin, Internet Tech Advisor, works at CompuTech Services in Sterling Heights, MI and is the owner of a new gaming podcast PWNED Detroit on Podcastdetroit Network.
Early to Mid 2016, we will see a huge price drop on… Thinner, smaller size units of each console. Smaller hard drives (Game content is nearly all Cloud Based now) and slimmed down case sizes will turn these units into the entry level price point systems to make way for the generation replacements, that should be announced 2016 for a 2017 release date. Look for Microsoft to make the first move here with a much cheaper, Entertainment Only unit to compete with Apple TV and Chromecast by the end of 2016.
2.) One last try for Nintendo, towards a competitive gaming console.
It’s hard to believe for someone like myself that grew up with Super Nintendo and Mario to believe a world without a successful Nintendo unit. Well, if the next generation game system called Nintendo NX doesn’t handle it release properly, even the Mario/Zelda fan boys won’t be able to save the brand for going away permanently.
Nintendo just coming away from probably the companies worst game system release in its history, the Wiis U failure should help them realize theirmistakes and hopefully learn something about gamers.. Have HOT Exclusive title(s) for release or shortly after. Without them, no one needs to have your system, period. Could you imagine what type of releases Xbox One would have without, TitanFall or Halo? PlayStation 4 without Killzone or Uncharted? It would be a mess.. I have only one word for you Nintendo, Legend of Zelda! Or was that 3 words?
3.) Can we please say goodbye to the Virtual Reality Hype?
YES!!!! In 2016, we can finally put to bed all this VR hype and market splatter. With a majority of the gaming companies not committing enough development and tiles available to this new format, it’s going to flop and flop hard. Plus, did I say it just looks ridiculous wearing one of these units? Can you imagined the headache after using one of these units for an hour or so… I think if we are to ever really experience a true, fun VR gaming world. It’s going to need to be like in the 2014 movie “Her” written & directed by Spike Jonze. There is a VR gaming segment about half way through this movie, that hits its mark when it coming to future VR Gaming. In fact, if you’re a Future Tech guy like myself, you will see and identify with a great number of ideas for how technology and daily life should work together in this movie, some great ideas I wish companies would move towards. So, now that I’ve taken this prediction and made it a movie review, Go watch the movie “HER”.
4.) One last quick prediction, before I jump back in my time machine.. ACCESS PASSES
Autonomous Cars in 2016?
1. Eventually, we will get to truly autonomous cars that regular people can actually buy, but it’s important to understand and appreciate the step-by-step advancements that are being made along the way. These advancements may not be as revolutionary as driverless cars, but they are the news that the automotive industry can realistically deliver on over the next 12 months. We already know Tesla has an Autopilot mode for the Model S sedan – it’s available for purchase as a software patch. However, it is not for fully autonomous driving and only works in certain conditions on the highway, not in urban areas. Volvo has a similar tech at lower speeds in traffic jams. And, Ford is planning to work with Google to make an autonomous car. Experts predict we’ll see the first fully autonomous car, probably debuting as a limited test in a city like Las Vegas but still capable of full control.
Virtual Reality To Become Big Player In 2016
2. Oculus will become a household word in 2016. There’s already a product on the market that uses Oculus tech called the Samsung Gear VR headset, and virtual reality is poised to become a major hit. But the computer version of Oculus Rift will finally see the light of day in 2016. It will power much more advanced games and make your Xbox One and PlayStation 4 look like old-school consoles.
Mobile Video Consumption To Grow 5 Fold
3. Daily time spent watching online video across 40 key markets will grow 19.8 percent next year, with mobile video consumption growing at roughly 5 times the rate of non-mobile devices, according to one forecast. In fact, the forecast calls for mobile to account for 52.7 percent of online video consumption in 2016.
Meanwhile, the growth in the number of regular online video viewers across those 40 markets is expected to be in the 6 percent range annually through 2017. By contrast, the number of regular linear TV viewers is expected to shrink by about 2 percent next year.