With each New Year come hopes, dreams, and renewed spirits. It’s like hitting control, alt, delete on the past. If you’re like me, you have hopes and dreams for technology advances in 2014. Here are my 5 predictions on what Apple will complete in 2014.
- The iWatch will debut in 2014 with high hopes. Let’s face it, the iPhone and iPad are done being the crutch Apple can lean on for continued growth. Don’t get me wrong, they are huge moneymakers that keep me coming back every couple years to update my iOS device. There needs to be another game changer. This is where I see the iWatch shining for a year or so. It’s not going to be as revolutionary as the iPhone or iPad was, but it will carry the torch for a bit.
- iPhone will debut with different screen size options. If Steve Jobs were alive, I don’t know if Apple would be heading in this direction, seriously. I feel Jobs saw a phone and a tablet as two mutually exclusive devices that should never be confused with one another…ever. So the thought of a phone screen getting larger and larger seems sacrilegious. The closer we get to tablet size screens, the more and more I see Jobs shaking his head. The next updated iPhones will come in two different sizes, and I’m not referring to storage. There will be a classic screen size we see now around 4 inches, and there will be a larger screen size over 5 inches finally introduced.
- iPad will go through a growth spurt too. There has been much talk about an iPad Max or Pro coming soon, and with the information I’ve read concerning this shows it’s only a matter of time before this happens. More and more people are connecting bluetooth keyboards to their iPads at their current size to get work done. With a larger screen size, I feel some professionals would be willing to give up their laptops for short periods of time to complete work on the larger iPad. When they need the convenience of a laptop, they will be able to connect all their necessary tools to the iPad Pro to get work done. Now theirs only one device to carry around, so convenience and size are key factors here.
- Apple TV will be updated quite a bit. With Apple purchasing PrimeSense, the potential for Apple TV is huge. This is probably the most excited I’ve been for a products upcoming development for a long, long time. Unfortunately, I don’t see the Apple TV console being the breakout star here. There must be some product development to take place in its current state to draw people to Apple TV. As it stands now, I really love this device, but a lot of people don’t know that much about it. Don’t get me wrong, nowadays some people know what I’m talking about when I start mentioning Apple TV, but it’s still not highly recognizable. So, putting a TV out there that will cost a lot but come equipped with Apple TV could be a bust. Get people to love Apple TV first and updating it with some innovative features and people will go crazy for it. This is where PrimeSense is key to Apple TV’s development in 2014 and years to come.
- Siri’s going to become one of the family. Over time, for me, Siri has grown more and more useful. What at first seemed a bit clunky and more of a conversation piece, Siri has started to be taken more seriously. Apple has been filing many different patents leading me to believe they are wanting her to take the drivers seat in our iOS relationship. I’m not quite sure yet what direction they want to head in with Siri, but I have a feeling she is going to be listening to us a lot more if we agree to it.
With each passing year I like to look back to see if I ever thought this year would bring the advances currently trending or in place. Nothing seemed to surprise me too much in 2013, but I feel 2014 is going to be a bit different. Usually every couple of years something revolutionary comes out to shake us and our pocketbooks up. There are a lot of heavy hitters in this industry so it’s really anybodies game. Sometimes I kinda wish it’s someone other than Apple since I’ve dumped so much cabbage into that company. Some people are addicted to drugs, I’m addicted to Apple. Fortunately, my addiction lets me stay out of jail.