Market researcher revises its prediction for global PC shipments in 2014, but it still expects a decline.
The number of personal computers worldwide is expected to drop 6 percent this year, according to a study published Tuesday.
Increasing demand for big-screen smartphones means tablet sales could be lower than expected, says research firm IDC.
Microsoft's mobile OS will surge, after a fashion, amid slower growth for the smartphone industry as a whole, predicts research firm IDC.
Apple will hold onto to a "value edge" in 2014, but Android's ecosystem is poised to make big gains, according to IDC.
Apple is still the No. 1 tablet vendor, but its Android counterparts are really the ones pushing market growth, a new study shows.
But analysts warn that their report shouldn't be construed as a comeback for the global PC industry.
The research firm says tablet shipments should remain weak in the current quarter but pick up in the last three months of the year.
CEO Tim Cook has promised for more than a year that Apple will bring out new products and step into new categories. At this week's event to talk up larger-screen iPhones, fans are hoping he'll finally deliver the next big thing -- a wearable device.
The uptake of Windows 8 is hampered by a completely saturated U.S. PC market and corporate upgrades to Windows 7, says author of IDC study.