1. Apple will unveil a new Watch and a new iPhone
This is the easiest prediction in the world, which is why we started with it (guaranteeing that at least one of these will be right).
Apple is expected to release Apple Watch 2.0 sometime this spring, we hope with an improved interface1 and a lot more apps. And next fall will see the release of the iPhone 7, which (rumors2 are to be believed) will include a fingerprint3 sensor4 on the screen, wireless5 charging, multiple cameras, and a USB-C port instead of power or headphone jacks6.
2. Apple's dominance of tech culture will decline
Since the Second Coming of Jobs in 1997, interest in all things Apple has been climbing at a steady rate, going into hyperdrive with the release of the iPhone (2007) then the iPad (2010). Lately, though, the products coming out of Cupertino have been less than magical and life-changing.
An for all of Tim Cook's many fine qualities, he can't generate a reality distortion field the way his predecessor7 could. Until Cook manages to pull another rabbit out of his iHat -- an Apple Car? a fully8 integrated smart home? -- the Apple mystique has clearly peaked. Nowhere to go but down.
3. Virtual reality will finally be real -- and most people will go 'meh'
After nearly four years of teasing us, the Oculus Rift9 VR headset will finally reach consumers this year, probably some time in the early spring. HTC's Vive and Sony's Playstation VR (formerly Morpheus) will likely appear a few months after that. And no matter how awesome10 they are -- and odds11 are they will be pretty awesome -- very few people will buy them.
Why? They'll likely be expensive, require vast amounts of computing12 power, and be limited mostly to games and porn (ewww). The fact is, after