Rumour has it that Facebook is set to launch a new work-oriented platform in 2015.
The problem is not so much that Apple is late to the "phablet" party; the company itself pointed out that it has a proven track record of entering a sector after others and yet still establishing a commanding position. The real issue is that the new devices - despite all of their improvements and shiny new features - offer little that is truly exciting or unique enough to tempt new users over to the Apple family. They're just too, well, samey.
Facebook's recent purchase of WhatsApp took many tech watchers by surprise; not least because of its eye-watering $19 billion price tag. But after an initially sharp intake of breath, analysts and other tech giants appeared to endorse the move...