What Do You Hope to See in Tech in 2016?


It’s a new year which means more innovations to look forward to in technology. For the last few years, the big innovations seemed to revolve around wearable technology. But what will it be this year? What do you hope you will see in 2016? We posed this question to our writers.

Our Opinion

Derrik wants to see the bigger companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple “taking our privacy and security more seriously.” For sure that would be nice to see, and privacy and security is definitely a concern of most people. We just need these bigger companies to care as much as we do.


Virtual reality is always something people look forward to, and Mahesh has a specific direction he’d like to see it go in 2015. He’d like to see a virtual reality eCommerce shop where you could “buy products as if you were buying from a physical shop.” He feels something like that would definitely be a “big milestone” in tech advancement.

Judy would like to see innovations go backwards instead of forward. She’d be interested in more smartphones with a removal battery and MIcroSD card. She remarked she’d like it to be “like the good old days.” Certainly it would be great if we could keep the older innovations and not lose them as we gain new ones.


Damien wants to see a convergence of desktops and tablets. He’s interested in seeing a mobile operating system such as Android or iOS able to function just the same on a desktop. I’d like to see something similar. I’d like to see more of a convergence of entertainment and the Internet. The new Apple TV is closer, but I’d like to be able to record something on my DVR and be able to watch it on my device and would like to be able to browse the Web on my streaming device.

Your Opinion

Of course we’ve only scratched the surface here with just a few opinions of things we’d like to see this year. What would you like to see in 2016? Are you looking forward to the same things we are or do you have different ideas altogether? Let us know below in the comments.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. More photovoltaic panels in pocket-sized and larger devices. Why don’t we see more and better solar panels integrated with laptops already? Did cost saving decisions kill that idea? Is there not enough electricity generated for a decent ROI?

  2. “Derrik wants to see the bigger companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple “taking our privacy and security more seriously.””
    I would advise Derrik not to hold his breath. Information is the coin of the realm and nobody will willingly limit their intake of it. Not large companies, not small companies, not individuals, not governments. The time to ensure privacy was 20-30 years ago when the PC revolution was ramping up. That horse has left the barn long time ago, By now every entity feels entitled to any and all information they can gather, legally or illegally.

    “Damien wants to see a convergence of desktops and tablets.”
    That’s like wanting a convergence of mainframes and desktops; a desktop O/S to function the same on Big Iron. I’m sure it can be done but why would we want to limit a mainframe by running Windows on it or a desktop by running iOS/Android on it??? Would you plop a Chevy Vega 4 cylinder into a Corvette?

    1. I don’t see it as a limitation, but rather, additional choices for the consumer. With the current trend (iPad Pro, Nexus Pixel C, Surface Pro etc), it is only a matter of time before the convergence become mainstream. You are still free to use your desktop with Linux/Windows/Mac on it, but the line between desktop and mobile device will be blurred in the near future.

      1. CONVERGENCE – a buzzword meaning to force together technologies that are not meant to really work with each other.

        If convergence in O/S is such a good idea, why aren’t mainframes running Windows or OS/X? Even Microsoft, with its insatiable urge to have its fingers in every pie, in 20+ years, has not developed a Windows version for mainframes.

        While Ubuntu’s Unity and Windows Metro give you much of the mobile interface, both have been panned as not being useful on the desktop. It makes as much sense putting a desktop O/S on a mobile device as it makes to put a mobile O/S on a desktop. But you are still free to use your mobile device with whichever mobile O/S you choose.

      2. If you would like to see what convergence looks like, checkout RemixOS.
        According to Distrowatch ” Remix OS is an operating system based on the Android-x86 project. It is designed to run on desktop and laptop computers while providing a familiar interface for users of the Android operating system.”

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