Less than a year ago, the tech world was in a different place. In 2015, we saw the successful launch of Microsoft 10, the failed launch of Google Glass, and the split of Hewlett-Packard. While it wasn’t one of the larger shifts we’ve seen, we can point to a couple of things that will shape the future.
Apple will release the iPhone 7.
The Cupertino-based company has a big year ahead. In the hardware department, we expect to see a new ‘numbered’ iPhone. While we can only speculate, the biggest rumor is the removal plugin headphone.
The move is thought to be made with design in mind, leaving room for a slimmer device with a larger screen and bigger battery. And according to Mashable, “Apple might drop the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack in an effort to build a thinner iPhone…”
So here’s the question: what will Apple do to replace the headphone jack? There has been some speculation that the company intends to add audio to the lightning connector or only support bluetooth audio. But we will only know for certain when the product is released, which should be in the fall.
Mobile applications become more dynamic with 3D Touch.
With the launch of the iPhone 6s last fall, Apple debuted their upgraded version of Force Touch, a software component that measures the sensitivity of a finger tap. This functionality gives developers the ability to create more dynamic apps.
Functionality like this has been in the iPhone since early last year with Force Touch––the predecessor to 3D Touch. But the Force 3D takes it to a new level, and according to Wired, “the new 3D Touch is highly sensitive and reacts immediately, while also allowing different “levels” of actions based on how firmly you press.”
Angular 2 will rollout.
As promised by Google, we will see drastic improvements from Angular 1. The updated framework is poised to improve page loading times and provide greater ease in creating applications across multiple platforms, including desktop, Android, and iOS.
While Google had only released the Beta version last month, developers have already started to push out products. This week, Telerik® DevCraft™, a responsive UI library, released an updated supporting the framework.
Ads within Apps will become more native.
In the last several years, we have seen a shift in web advertisements. You may have noticed fewer of those pesky popups as you’re browsing, because they lower the quality of your experience and can cause the publishers to be pegged as spam. But why haven’t we seen this trend on the mobile side?
Sheng Fu, CEO of Cheetah Mobile, thinks that this year promises changes in the way app makers market to their users.
“I see 2016 being the year in which native ads really come into their own and in-app advertising really starts to define the industry,” said Fu. “It will become clearer next year that native mobile ads are the future of app monetization. In-app ads shouldn’t be a distraction, they should enhance the experience and naturally live alongside the content.”
A great example of app makers integrating quality advertisements should look to the latest James Bond film, “Spectre,” getting its own branded Discover channel.
The legacy browsers will go away.
Starting last week, the Microsoft ended support for version 7, 8, 9, and 10 of its Internet Explorer as it converts users to the new Edge browser.
The venerable browser, famous for a lackluster experience, would load web pages differently from other browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Moreover, the browser was also known for its security vulnerabilities––something that Microsoft was slow to fix.
But what will really happen?
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