As we hurdle through space and time into another rotation around the sun, it's fun to look back on the year that's passed and try to guess where we might be going. Last year I asked for your 2014 predictions, so let's see how some of the more outlandish predictions went!
Complaint_Dept predicted more freemium shit, and specifically more MIDI taxes from developers. I'll give him this one as a success, because that is exactly how the year started off. The IAP fad peaked with Mixtikl 6's insane IAPs in June. Fortunately developers have been dropping that more and more lately. I've heard from several developers who have realized that freemium is not the beginning and end of pricing on iOS. It may work for stealing kid's lunch money in games, but the average age of music app aficionados puts us all beyond tolerating any nickle and dime nonsense.
Patrick, Simon, and Adrian, made the unlikely prediction that we'd see latency on Android halved this year, and sure enough Samsung has been doing quite a lot to make that a reality. Already Android has seen several iOS apps jump over; including the ever popular ThumbJam, and Guitarism. This is thanks to Samsung's own Pro-Audio SDK, which is unfortunately limited to Samsung specific Android devices.
Hoyas79 predicted an "unapologetic thinner, bigger and lighter 5.5"-5.8" iPho...iPhablet" and we did indeed get that this year! The iPhone 6 Plus weighs in with a 5.5" screen. Hoyas deserves double points for following that up with a prediction that the battery life of the new iPhablet would be comparable to the 2013 iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus battery actually exceeds the 2012 iPhone 5 by quite a lot. I've gotten used to the larger device in my pockets, but goddamn that side power button gets hit accidentally far too often.
Graham and Dave Magoo predicted Audiobus 2 would have Preset saving. Graham even nailed the preset sharing!
Several folks were expecting Borderlands to be updated in 2014... Which seemed unlikely to me at the time, since the developer hasn't done a fucking thing to it since its launch back in 2012. The only change for this app in 2014 was the price doubled.
There were also a lot of hopes placed on Auria getting MIDI track support, but all of those hopes were dashed in 2014. Developer Rim indicated in September that this is still in development. The fact that Auria enters 2015 without MIDI track support irks me. Their plugins are amazing, but... no MIDI sequencing in a DAW? What the fuck?
For some reason this is my favorite picture from 2014.
Several other people were expecting an iPad Pro, or AppleTV running apps, and both of these failed to pan out in 2014.
There were a few mentions of Reason for iPad, but Propellerhead has yet to port their flagship DAW to iOS.
There were predictions from Adrian and Patrick on me growing hair on my head and face, but my best efforts avoided both of these outcomes.
What's coming in 2015:
Last year I predicted we'd see a lot of innovation in the synth app space, and I believe that can be counted as a win. We did see a few apps that slavishly recreated older hardware, but the majority of synth apps released in 2014 were totally unique. We've seen some great synth apps this year, and I hope the trend of innovation continues!
Looking out to 2015 I think we'll see more movement on Android, and possibly even Microsoft. As noted Samsung has released a Pro-Audio SDK, but that is presently limited to a small number of Samsung devices. I think we'll see some of that make its way into Android from all manufacturers and developers start to embrace the Google platform.
It's always been crazy to me to see the developer adoption on iOS. One of the biggest faults in the Macintosh OS has always been the lack of developer support, so for iOS to suddenly run away with all of the developer love has been unprecedented. I have to think there is still a large number of developers and users who haven't yet dipped their toes into mobile because they're waiting for Google and Microsoft to get their shit together.
Open Mic: New Year's Predictions for 2015:
Once again I open up the floor to your predictions. What do you expect to see as we enter the future?