Almost every tech blog has its own tech predictions for the 2012 so I will also give you my list of predictions. These predictions are based purely on hunch and probably on market trends. You may agree with this list, or you may have your own ideas about what will be hot this year. Just hit the comments section if you disagree or agree with this list.
The year 2012 will be good for the Android platform. The operating system has seen exponential growth in the past few years and I don’t see anything changing in 2012. If anything, Android will possibly grow at a faster rate as adoption becomes faster. The arrival of Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich will be big for Android and will help it gain more users. Android devices will of course continue to become better, with quad-core phones and tablet becoming the year’s top Android devices.
This year we will see a wider adoption of Intel’s ultrabook system. In 2011 we saw a lot of ultrabooks being launched but these were still too expensive. As time passes, ultrabooks will become cheaper as we see competition heat up. With cheaper price and a wider selection of models to choose from, ultrabooks will slowly gain support from the public, and possibly give Macbook Airs a solid fight in the ultrathin, ultraportable range of notebooks.
Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3
Apple will release the iPhone 5 in 2012 and it will be another hit for the company the same way previous iterations were hits. The iPhone 5 will have a bigger screen, possibly in the ranged of 4 inches, and will undergo a redesign. It will still have a dual-core chip, but it will have a faster clock speed. Apple will also launch the iPad 3 with specs bump like a retina display and a better camera. The design will be the same as the iPad 2 and the screen will stay at 10.1 inches.
Near Field Communication or NFC will be big this year. NFC connects devices by merely tapping them together. This technology has been showcased in 2011, with a few manufacturers like Nokia integrating the feature in some products. NFC is used in Google Wallet, a mobile payment system used by Google and is already operational in theUS. We will see this technology in more devices this year, and the Philippines will see this being used more widely.
This is the future of mobile internet and the Philippines will start using the technology in 2012. I’m thinking widespread public use and not just the trial phases of the telcos. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is way faster than 3G and HSPA+ with a download speed of about 40-50Mbps. Smart Communications will spearhead the implementation of LTE since it is ahead of Globe Telecom in terms of infrastructure. Globe will of course follow suit and we will see LTE-enabled devices becoming a common thing in the Philippines.
More over USB. Thunderbolt is the latest technology for transferring data between devices and has speeds of up to 10GB per second. We’ve seen this on Apple’s iMac last year and it appears that we will be starting to see widespread adoption of the technology this year. Imagine transferring all your files from hard drives in just seconds.
Windows 8 will be launched this year and we will see it in a host of notebooks and tablets. This newest version of Windows is something different from previous versions yet the public will like it nonetheless. The OS has a new interface and is optimized for touch operation, so we will likely see notebooks with touchscreen functionality. Exciting times.
There you have it. If you have your own predictions, please hit the comments section.