My Vanilla mobile vision (I'm allowed to dream in the general banter category)
Yes, I know, we don't need apps, there are those wonderful mobile themes, it's so much work for little gain, mobile development is not the same platform (who does php in mobile?) and probably few more reasons I forgot to mention.
But then I challenge anyone who uses a mobile device to commit to only use their browser on their device for email, Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else they often use. Do this for a week and then come back here and tell me whether the dedicated app experience is not superior.
My fear is that the future of the platform is at risk. Not because of Facebook prominence but because of the move to mobile. I had this concern for a while and I just hope that one day we'll discover that unexpectedly the Vanilla team drop this capability on us (ergo the "I'm allowed to dream" in the title).
Today I stumbled upon this article from Computerworld about Google Spaces. The article also mentions Slack. Neither are exactly forum software, but they are close enough and both work on the desktop with native apps on ios and Android. There's even a saying by some that every software evolves until it contains messaging, which speaks of the power and need for conversations, a need fulfilled by forums. I suggest you look at the article not from the point of view of comparison to Vanilla but to see how close it is to forums.
This is a dream, don't blame the dreamer for his dreams are not under his control. Neither is he responsible for the stimuli the fast changing techno world throws at him. He is responsible for typing up his dreams and is now crouching in expectations of major counterblows☺