2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting one indeed, as vendors become ever more experimental an innovative in understanding how we interact with technology, and how to use it to improve our lifestyles and productivity.
We can expect innovations from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and the other major vendors in 2015. Here are some of the key technologies that we have our eyes on.
The Apple Watch
It’s been a long time now since Apple introduced an entirely new product line, and 2015 is the year that the world will take notice of the Apple Watch. With advanced communication features and what will no doubt be an extensive app developer community, the Apple Watch might just be the first must-own example of wearable technology.
Operating systems might not be the most immediately exciting things in the world, but they’re such a big part of our lives that the release of a new edition of Windows is cause for excitement. Especially when Microsoft is promising to deliver on the promise of Windows 8 with a more refined and functional experience.
Of all the big acquisitions recently, Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift was the most intriguing. What was initially a device designed specifically for gaming will now, no doubt, be used for a lot more. Virtual reality is back and this device is the best chance it has to reach mainstream appeal yet. And if that one doesn’t hit the mainstream notes, perhaps Sony’s – Project Morpheus – can.
Steaming Services To The Next Level
In 2014 we saw the likes of Spotify hit the mainstream as a genuine alternative to many people to old consumption models for music. In 2015 we will see Apple enter that particular ring, as Sony steps into streaming movies on gaming consoles, and launches its Cloud gaming service, and Netflix enters Australia. Steaming will be king in 2015.
Every year brings with it crazy innovations that you would not have expected to be possible. Samsung has confirmed that it is working on bendable displays, and that we can expect to see their application into phones in 2015.
A Big iPad And Small Surface Tablet
Both Apple and Microsoft are rumoured to working on new form factors to go with their respective tablet entries – Apple is apparently working on a 12-inch iPad for people who like their tablet media big (or professionals such as artists and designers, that can always make do with more screen real estate), and Microsoft may well go after those looking for a small form factor with a mini Surface tablet. Soon there will be a tablet screen to go for every desire and application.
Of course, a lot of the technology that will really wow us hasn’t even been announced yet – the speed of technology change at the moment means that there are new innovations hitting the market on a constant basis.