It’s a whole new year, and we’re here to provide our top tech predictions for gadgets and much more in 2016.
2015 proved to be a monumental year in technology, and on the last day of the year, we recounted not only our top Moments In Tech, but also our top stories for the year.
With a whole new year around the corner and CES 2016 just days away, it’s time to turn our attention to what we might see this year in-between products, services, apps and more. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
A cheaper iPhone will be unveiled
There have long been rumblings that Apple’s iPhone 5c might make a return in a new form factor. The 5c, which has been the least successful and most controversial model in Apple’s iPhone lineup, might see a return in the form of a potential iPhone 6c.
Leaked reports and part descriptions have indicated that Apple has quietly been preparing a cheaper iPhone which will share a similar design to the iPhone 6, and would subsequently release the model in the first quarter of 2016 to tide consumer interest over until the unveiling of a premium iPhone model at the company’s traditional September event.
Apple will release the Apple Watch 2
The Apple Watch itself might not be that old yet, but it would seem that Apple already has a vested interest in producing a sequel product that would see the inception of a two year development cycle.
Earlier last year, Quanta CEO and founder Barry Lam has told Asian media that “œApple Watch 2“ is in full swing and that we can expect the device in the second quarter of 2016. It will only be in limited quantities at that time, with production ramping up into the third quarter of the year.
Microsoft will produce a Surface Phone
We’ve long been hankering for an ‘official’ Windows Phone flagship, and while the release of the Lumia 950 and 950XL has sated some of our desires, both phones haven’t fulfilled consumer interest for a premium product.
Luckily, then, it would seem that 2016 is a year of blessings, as Microsoft, under new Devices head Panos Panay, is rumoured to be building a Surface Phone. Microsoft have previously been rumoured to be in the early stages of producing such a device ““ early reports posited that the Surface Phone would enjoy the same Continuum features the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL employ using Microsoft‘s Display Dock.
Samsung will debut a curvier Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge
While we loved the introduction of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which brought beauty at last to a formerly dreary and plastic Samsung line, it would seem the company isn’t finished with making curved displays yet.
A report leaked in the final quarter of 2015 indicated that Samsung were producing a new flagship variant of the S line, which, instead of featuring curves to the sides, would incorporate curves on the top and bottom of the phone. It’s likely that the company aims to revitalize their flagship lineup in the wake of the unenthusiastic reaction the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge + received.
VR and AR will become widely available
2016 is set to become the year where virtual reality hits the mainstream, as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other contenders are set to finally reach the consumer market-space.
In other news, smart home products are increasingly bearing virtual or augmented reality features, such as the LG HOM-BOT Turbo +.
LG will axe the G Flex 3 and unveil a sequel to the V10
The death of the G Flex 3 would be a sad event for all, as we loved its predecessor, the G Flex 2. However, it would seem LG has greater plans in the works for an elaborate sequel to its high-end V10 smartphone.
Whether this smartphone would take the flagship space occupied by the LG G4 and incoming LG G5 remains to be seen.
LG and Samsung will invest heavily in bendable displays
We’ve already seen Samsung’s plans to unveil a device with a foldable display in the first quarter of this year, but recent research trends from both companies indicate a rapid turn of interest in producing devices with foldable display technology.
On LG’s front, what product this might amount to is presently anyone’s guess. However, Samsung have long been rumoured to be producing a flexible smartphone under its Project Valley initiative.
Those are all our top tech predictions for 2016. What do you expect to see? Let us know in the comments below!