Tech is in a state of boring predictability of late, and we've reached that point where each and every thing that would pique your interest is and can be plotted out in the form of a graph or a nice looking infographic. If you're looking for that along with complete seriousness and sincerity, there's the Gartner Hype Cycle for you to check out. The good news there is that speech recognition is a reality now, and we can expect services like Siri and Google Now to get more widespread. Home 3D printing still looks a little distant, but it's coming at the enterprise level, which is still very exciting, and virtual reality seems to be getting closer to actually being reality. It's probably not going to be a good year for Bitcoin defenders, big data evangelists, or people who can't wait for augmented reality, if Gartner is to be believed.
Our slightly less scientific, but equally accurate predictions can tell you the things nobody wants to talk about when they discuss technology - that nothing is going to change for quite some time yet, no matter how many times "experts" say good things are just around the corner.
Here's all you need to know on what to expect this year:
1. A new iPhone will show up like every other year
As usual its release will be predicated by a flurry of leaks, countless amount of speculation, and the usual topsy-turvy fluctuation of Apple's share price. This is all stuff you now expect to come, along with what usually is the tech event of the year. The new iPhone will be as expensive if not more than the last one, and people will repeatedly call it boring and lacking in innovation. Every tech pundit and their cat would cry foul about the price but it will sell out anyway. And for the rest of us non-purchasing iPhone folk? It's that one time of the year when cracking tech-related jokes on Twitter results in a slew of followers and retweets. Everyone's a winner.
2. Google will release a new mobile OS
Much like every other year prior it will be touted as the greatest thing ever until you actually get to use it. At that point you'll wish you stuck to 5.0 instead, which by then would be stable. Of course, only a handful of Android users will actually get to install the update, with the majority frequently asking random people on Twitter when their device will be supported. At which point Apple users will turn up in droves to show statistics about how quickly the latest version of iOS was adopted.
Prior to release there would be a bunch of vocal, rabid pro-India Android users lobbying for it to be named after an Indian dessert much like the campaign to make christen Android L as Ladoo. With M being the next version, we wonder what Indian dessert they'd try to put on the tech map? Malpua? Mysore pak? Malai peda?3. Wearables are the new Android phones
All brands will have bands across a range of functions and prices, and customers will get increasingly confused since none of these devices really revolutionise our lives the way smartphones did; since companies are starting to stagnate though, ad campaigns will try very hard to convince you otherwise, and the few people you know who took a dive and bought one of these devices will become insufferable evangelists to avoid buyer's remorse. Did anyone say Apple Watch?4. The postal service makes a comeback