PC World notes several tech trends they anticipate for 2012.
These would include:
Dual-Core Processors Become the Norm in Smartphones
Optical-Disc Drives Disappear From New Laptops
Data-Only and Reduced-Voice Cell Phone Plans Proliferate
Facebook Accounts Become Necessary to Do More Stuff on the Web
NFC (Near-field communication) Facilitates Mobile Payments, Peer-to-Peer Networking