8 Things That Will Probably Be Extinct by the Year 2030
New technology is bound to leave these common household items in the dust.
In the ’90s, pay phones were everywhere in Canada. But obviously, once the cell phone came along, they became less and less necessary. In the Great White North, kiosks offering phone calls, free Wi-Fi, Internet service, and a port to charge your cell phone are replacing the booths.
Ah, the early 2000s joy of going for a run with your iPod. Unfortunately, Apple’s line of iPods has dwindled as people turn to their smartphones instead. Just this year, the company discontinued the iPod shuffle and iPod nano, making the iPod touch the last of the trio to remain on shelves.
If you’ve got a collection of remotes, don’t expect to have to keep it much longer. In the coming years, experts expect voice-controlled appliances and smartphone apps to phase out remote controls.
Cords and Chargers
Most people have so many cords they hardly know which goes with what anymore. Fortunately, in the next few years, most electronics will be streamlined. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, and charging pads will lead the way toward a wireless future.
These are the phone battery and charging myths you need to stop believing.
Can’t find your chequebook? It’s OK. The future promises to be cheque-free. Expect online payments and transferring funds directly from your bank account to take the place of the chequebook.
As tax season rolls around, make sure to heed these tips from Canadian accountants.
All those cord-cutters you keep hearing about? They’re leading the way. In 2016, a record 202,000 Canadians cut the cord on their cable in favour of streaming services.
With smartphone companies devoting more and more resources toward secure mobile payments, expect physical credit and debit cards to fall by the wayside. In the future, you’ll be scanning your smartphone instead.
Check out these pointers to get out of your credit card difficulties.
Unless you’re a professional photographer, you most likely won’t be shelling out a couple hundred dollars anytime soon to purchase a digital camera. Better idea: Use that money to upgrade your phone. Modern smartphone cameras are easy to use and work just as well as top-of-the-line digital ones, if not better.
Don’t miss this expert guide for taking superior photos on your smartphone.
Originally published as 8 Things That Will Probably Be Extinct by the Year 2030 on ReadersDigest.com.