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Microsoft buys Nokia's devices, services unit
Just when you thought the rumors wouldn't die away, Microsoft went and did what everyone thought it was going to do all along but took so long rumors began to wane. It bought Nokia's devices and services unit — effectively it's phone-making business — for a total of $7.2 billion. Later in the year, U.S. regulators and the European Union regulators announced they would allow the acquisition, making it a done-deal.
iOS 7 released with a brand new design
Some will moan, some will complain, but it didn't stop hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users from upgrading to iOS 7, the the redesigned Apple mobile operating system within just days of its launch in June.
Slated as one of the biggest software releases of the year, it stirred anger and annoyance even after it was first showcased at Apple's worldwide developer event. But not before long, almost three-quarters of all users were hooked on the new software, putting Android's fragmentation issue (not completely but almost entirely) to shame.
Apple splits iPhone in half, creates iPhone 5s, 5c
Apple, at the same event in June, announced it would offer not just one iPhone but two. The company said in addition to a premium iPhone 5s, it would dish out an "emerging market" or "budget" iPhone 5c to increase its rivalry over Android. While millions waited for their iPhone 5s to arrive amid shortages and extended delivery times, the iPhone 5c remained on store shelves. Apple reportedly reduced manufacturing on low demand for the cheaper smartphone.