What we can expect over the next year or so is a deluge of HSS enabled monolights flooding out of China. What's more they'll likely have TTL as well. The era of dependable "dumb" studio packs and monos is now pretty well consigned to history. This is fun.
What exactly do you think has changed. These "Dumb" studio packs already shoot at 1/8000 of a second, and it is the trigger and remote that makes a difference.
The old "dumb" packs and mono heads that come to mind are my long departed, chronically unreliable Balcar packs which kept electrocuting me, my now retired Profoto 2400 w/s floorpacks that weighed as much as a truck battery and the also retired Profoto Compact 600 mono heads that I carted around the country for years. I don't miss them a bit. Now it's six light and gutsy Einsteins with clever VML batteries, a lonesome Godox 360 and a bunch of 600ex-rt speedlights, all fired by nicely evolving battery technology and the almost dark-magic Odins. About time.
What's changing the game are high priced products like the Profoto B1 500 Air
with TTL capabilities via the propriety trigger and a built in Lithium Ion battery. This made the clone creators of the Peoples Republic of China sit up and take notice and we're now seeing the start of a wave of gutsy, budget priced monolights that have TTL, built in battery packs plus HSS capability via the inevitable proprietary radio trigger. Some of the worse examples rushed to market apparently will electrocute you about as often as my old Balcar packs.
In the speedlight universe the release of the game changing Canon 600EX-RT sparked a new wave of products from China in the form of the remarkable Phottix Mitros+ which has a built in Odin transmitter and receiver, the upcoming Yongnuo 600 EX-RT (familiar name....) and so on. BTW, Phottix is a company to watch. While fundamentally dumb but never the less innovative and affordable, the Godox/Cheetah 180 and 360 twins are helping change the way we use flash.
Check out Flash Havoc http://flashhavoc.com/.
In amongst the tacky consumer chaff some really interesting stuff hitting the market. It's a big future.