Technology to Look Forward to in 2016

From virtual reality to possible new iPhones, here's what to expect.

— -- The new year is bringing plenty to look forward to in the world of technology.

Oculus Rift

Will Facebook's $2 billion bet on Oculus pay off? We're about to find out with the release of the hotly anticipated Oculus Rift consumer headset.

It's expected the headset will ship in early 2016, but it's unclear at what price point. For reference, Oculus has previously charged around $350 for its developer's kit.


Next up, they're ready for developers to create experiences for the holographic headset before Microsoft ultimately releases a consumer version.

New iPhones

The iPhone maker could be planning to nix the traditional 3.55 millimeter headphone jack on an upcoming iPhone model in favor of its lightning connector, according to the latest rumors on various technology blogs. Apple hasn't commented on the speculation -- so for now fans will have to let their imaginations run wild.

New Apple Watches

Apple released the Apple Watch, its first-ever wearable, in 2015. The company tends to follow a yearly cycle in releasing new its next generation of products, so it's possible 2016 could include a new edition of the popular wearable.


We've seen sensors in wearables and in our homes, but we're only just beginning to harness the use of them. Dr. Michael Bjorn from Ericsson said in the company's annual hot consumer trends report he expects sensors will be more integrated into homes in 2016. Imagine having tiny sensors in bricks that could monitor leaks, mold and other issues.

Connected Home

Speaking of sensors in the home, expect to see even more products equipped to work with the connected home and Apple's HomeKit, which acts as a dashboard for many connected home products, making it easy to control everything in one place.

So far we've seen smart locks, lights, plugs and entertainment systems. It's a safe bet we'll see even more integration in 2016.


The Tesla Model 3, a smaller version of the Model S without the sticker shock, could be unveiled as early as next March with production ramping up in late 2017.

While the date is tentative, it's enough to get Tesla admirers dreaming up what to expect from the car, which analysts predict will be priced around $35,000.