NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- At the end of 2013, I made ten predictions I thought would come true in 2014 in the tech sector, ranging from wearable technology to IPOs to the messaging app boom.
Predictions for the year are something everyone does -- it's fun, and it gets people talking, but very few people hold themselves accountable. As a whole, I didn't do as well as I did in 2012 and 2013, but I nailed some, including predictions related to Apple (AAPL) , HP (HPQ) , Intel (INTC) and others. I missed so badly on some that the only fitting punishment would be to eat the whole damn fruitcake -- the one that Aunt Edna has brought for the 30th year in a row, even though no one eats it.
Here are my original 2014 tech predictions, before you go any further.
Without further ado, here's a look at how I did for 2014 -- what I got right, what I got wrong and what I screwed up so badly I'm ashamed to go out in public on days ending in Y.
Apple iWatch Launch
I'm pretty confident that this one will happen, perhaps as soon as March of this year. Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook has previously said Apple is moving into new product categories, and has hinted that the wrist is an interesting space for wearable technology. "The wrist is interesting," Apple's CEO said during a tech conference earlier this year. "You still have to convince people it is worth wearing."
The company has reportedly been ramping up production on its iWatch team, as it looks to compete with the likes of Google (GOOG) , Nike (NKE) and others in the space, and rightfully so. Many believe the sensor field will explode this year from a product and revenue standpoint, and Apple is poised to benefit, according to Rich Tehrani, chairman of the Wearable Technology Conference.
"Apple's entry into the smartwatch space will take the smartwatch from its current 'geek technology' focus into the mainstream markets," Tehrani said in an emailed statement earlier this year. "The likes of Fossil and Swatch have nothing to be concerned with so long as Sony and Pebble are the industry smartwatch leaders. Once Apple gets into the game, the smartwatch will become mainstream and will, in fact, directly target the Fossil and Swatch customer base. Apple intimately understands that the wrist is about fashion, not about technology."
Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote that a smartwatch from Apple could be worth as much as $10 billion to $15 billion in annual revenue for the consumer tech giant, assuming a $200 price point.
Even the three blind mice could see this one comin'.
Apple announced the the Apple Watch (I got the name wrong, but so did everyone else) in September, in conjunction with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay announcement.
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple isn't going to launch the actual Watch until the early part of 2015, but given the hype in wearable technology, be it from Samsung (SSNLF) , Intel, Fitbit and others, Apple is entering a market that's about to take off. Research firm IHS said it believes the market will be worth $60 billion by 2018.
Grade: A (Not an A+ because I got the name wrong and said it would launch in 2014, when it's actually launching next year). Feelin' fine and dandy like sour candy about this one.