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iPhone 4's gyroscope 'to shape future smartphones'

iPhone 4's gyroscope 'to shape future smartphones'

Apple's rivals will include gyroscope technology in their next generation of smartphones after the iPhone 4 was launched with this key new feature, it has been claimed.

The market for gyroscopic technology is likely to boom in the wake of the iPhone 4's announcement, according to iSuppli, with many of Apple's competitors rushing to emulate the new iPhone.

In 2009, sales of gyroscopes were at zero, but by the end of 2010 this figure is predicted to soar to 26 million.

Within four years this annual sales figure could be as high as 287.9 million, which will result in earnings of over £151 million for the manufacturers, the research company projects.

Jeremie Bouchard of iSuppli said: "Because of Apple's role as a technology trendsetter, a multitude of mobile handset OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) are expected to offer smartphones that integrate gyroscopes.

"This will cause shipments to rise by 157 percent in 2011 and by 60 percent in 2012 and 2013."

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