Research firm IDC expects total smartphone shipments of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, which would indicate a 26.3 percent increase over 2013. However, IDC thinks growth will slow in 2015 down to 1.4 billion units, or a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2 per cent, down from 52.5 per cent in 2013.
It came out a little early to be considered a holiday gift, but if it had been, app developers might be approaching Apple about exchanging the first version of the WatchKit SDK for something that would let them make better Apple Watch apps.
Fueled by the popularity of its new products, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's market capitalization soared to a record $700 billion in intraday trading Tuesday, a milestone that no other U.S. company has reached. By close on Tuesday, Apple's market cap had fallen to $690 billion, but that still makes the company significantly more valuable than Exxon Mobile, which is No. 2 in market cap, at $401 billion.
Sony can enjoy greater success as a supplier of smartphone components than a manufacturer in its own right, analysts say.
Apple is on track to sell a record 71.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to estimates from one financial analyst. However, analysts in general are divided over how long demand will last for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Lenovo continued to increase its share of worldwide branded tablet shipments during the third quarter of 2014, although Apple is expected to reverse a nine-month slide in the fourth quarter.
Apple put a lot of new things into the market this year--the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 and plans for an Apple Watch--but 2014 will also mark the moment it took out something important: the word "free" from its App Store.
Google has settled patent litigation with a consortium of companies backed by Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants, according to a court filing. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music subscription streaming music service it acquired earlier this year into its iOS software, according to reports from the Financial Times and the New York Times.