Happy New Year! About an hour ago there was a roar outside that sounded like a 747 driving down my quiet residential street. It was the constant and combined blasts of thousands of fireworks going off 10 to 15 miles away at the Las Vegas Strip. It was so loud that it could even be heard over the phone. My buddy David and I were discussing our predictions for 2009. At this late hour I can’t remember all of them, but here are a few to get the ball rolling. Jump in and add your own predictions down in the comments…
I believe that even with all of the denial from Jobs, Apple will release a tablet netbook-type computer this year AND that it will have a touch screen and no keyboard. 9 to 5 Mac is expecting an iPad to be announced at Mac World in a few weeks but was describing it as just a large version of the iPod touch. But if that one turns out to be just a PMP, I still think there will be another device this year that is aÂ tablet mac real computer.
I think it’s also veryÂ plausibleÂ that there will be a touchscreen iMac in 2009.
I’ve already made claims about 2009 being the year of cheap flash ram. I’ll go out on a limb and say sub-$100 512GB thumb drives by the end of the year.
TV / Home Video:
This one is a rebuttal to a prediction I read earlier. Some dude predicted that Bluray would peak and start to die this year. I disagree on that one – it will continue to strengthen. David asked “what price will Hollywood BD’s get down to this year?” I say $15 if you buy them the first week they come out at Best Buy. David says “$7, that’s the only way they’ll compete”. Â I’m not feeling the $7 thing but most titles having a regular retail price of $20.
David is predicting new TV that are also NAS boxes. Â So that’s a TV that has a hard drive in it – with services like ftp, torrent, itunes server, media player, etc.
I predict that TiVo will come out with a new box that acts as a central DVR for your whole house – it will be the one with the hard drive. Â They’ll also have satellite boxes that don’t contain hard drives and will ONLY stream media from that main box. Â OH AND they’ll have the gull to charge a monthly fee for those extra boxes even though they are providing no real service on them – as they will only stream the data from one box I own to another box I own.
David is claiming that we will see new hybrid breeds of fruit. Something along the lines of aÂ bananaÂ mixed with a strawberry. The idea is his but the example is mine.
Life predictions and other randomness:
I will, in 2009, eventually get an iPhone app finished and for sale on the app store.
Fox and Warner Brothers will come to an agreement and Watchmen WILL be released but not on March 6th – more likely the 4th of July weekend.
That’s all I got in me tonight. Â Get your predictions going here in the comments…
Something weird happened with our comment system, possibly relating to a leap year date problem – not sure. Â Anyway we lost a couple of comments on this post. So here are Shannon’s predictions for 2009:
- I will change my hair color.
- 4 of our friends will get engaged.
- 3 of our friends will get pregnant.
- My mother will paint some room in her house.
- Your father will buy a powerbook.
- Satellite radio technology will include the ability to rewind a song on the radio and purchase music via your car stereo.
- Big 80’s hair will make a come back.