Happy New Year everyone! I'd like to start off with a big thank you to everyone for making 2015 awesome for me personally. I love doing this site! I would still be able to do this site without you, but it would be a very sad and lonely experience. So thank you to all of my readers and sponsors for making this a joy to do!
I like to start off every year with a wild-eyed look into the future with predictions for the New Year. But first let's take a look at our predictions for 2015. I already know my own predictions were way off, but let's look back at some reader predictions from last year.
Patrick Madden, from Secret Base Design, finally got his perennial prediction right! Apple finally allowed developers to make apps for Apple TV in 2015!
a1 predicted that Positive Grid would continue to push off the release date for their BT-4 foot pedal and indeed they have! Originally planned for Autumn 2014, they have been continually pushing back the release date this year. In August they were saying October, in October they were saying December. In December they were saying January 2016. For Positive Grid to push the release date back a full year past their original goal is a big win for a1! Unfortunately it is also a loss for anyone that actually pre-ordered one of these things.
With only 3 days to spare the Spice Girls announced on December 28th that they will be doing a reunion tour... which makes at least one of ZenLizard's highly unlikely predictions a reality! There is no word at this time on their plans for supremacy over Antarctica.
Sean predicted the equally unlikely event that we'd see MIDI in Auria before Thanksgiving 2015. This was two weeks before Wavemachine Labs announced Auria Pro. Auria Pro landed exactly 1 week after Thankgiving, but I'm still giving this one to Sean because that was damn close for an app that wasn't even announced yet.
Zymos unsuccessfully predicted that I would launch a political blog. It might be a pretty smart move to get in on some of that sweet sweet political advertising money, but this is not going to happen. I don't fit neatly into any political ideology, so I just end up hating both political parties for their insanely narrow views. I have to say I am starting to feel the Bern, but this sentence is probably going to be the first and last time I even mention the 2016 U.S. election here or on social media.
Ian Tindale made several predictions that failed, but sadly the biggest failure was this: "I predict that the whole review system will be reviewed. It is poisonous, pointless and incorrect." He was specifically referring to user reviews on iTunes. Unfortunately both types of reviews persist. Ill-informed users can still shit on developers and Apple continues to treat iOS as their walled garden. Though 2015 did show signs that weeds were sneaking in.
mister-rz expected to see a Logic for iPad with the release of the next generation of iPads. Lamentably Logic for iPad Pro has not arrived. Surprisingly not even the wilder predictions included the iPad Pro actually releasing in 2015.
Hoyas79 made the bold prediction that with the availability of iPhone Pluses we'd see an end to iPad/iPhone specific apps and everything would go Universal. This failed to occur, but so many iPhone 6+ owners have been begging for iPad apps to work that the prediction doesn't seem that crazy in hindsight.
What's coming in 2016:
Last year I predicted more music apps on Android and Microsoft's platform. Woah... I was so wrong. I mean there's wrong, there's dead wrong, and then there's predicting music apps on Android. Retronym's sought to address latency on Android with Phase84 using Samsung's Audio SDK but that was about it. The only other memorable Android app from 2015 was NinjaJamm, which was notable only in that they actually noted the latency problem and then ignored it.
This year I'm going to go out on a limb and say we're going to see hardware manufacturers and other big names take music apps even further. Not just some editor for their hardware, but something new. I think at this point music apps have reached maturity; we've all seen that this is not a fad. It's time for the bigger, slower moving, companies to take it very seriously!
Open Mic: New Year's Predictions for 2016:
Once again I open up the floor to your predictions. What do you expect to see as we enter the future?