Top iOS news of the week: Apple tops, iPad slumps, pen patent

Holiday week news in the world of iOS: Apple dominates holiday sales, iPad sales could slump for the first time, and Apple patents a pen.

Apple dominates holiday sales

Apple had a Merry Christmas due to high sales, according to analytics firm Flurry. Device activations were 51.3 percent Apple, and only 17.7 percent for Samsung.

Samsung had the second most activations, with the rest of the OEM pack farther behind.

Source: CNET

iPad sales could slump for first time

Apple may have dominated holiday sales with the iPhone, but CNBC reports that iPad sales are expected to fall this year. This would be the first time that sales of the iPad will fall from the previous year if so.

ABI Research expects iPad sales to hit 68 million in 2014, compared to 74 million in 2013.

Source: MacDailyNews

Apple patents a motion sensing pen

The folks in Cupertino haven't thought much about pens, but a patent may indicate that's about to change. The patent shows the use of motion detecting sensors in the pen to recognize handwriting and drawing.

The text and drawings would be sent to iOS devices wirelessly. The patent covers the ability to send the information captured to multiple devices, for meeting notes.

Source: Appleinsider

2014: The year Apple bounced back

Fortune details how Apple came roaring back from a low point at the beginning of this year to a strong position at year's end. This year saw Apple stock rise 40 percent, adding $200 billion to the company's valuation.

This big jump was due to the new iPhones, Apple Pay, and the unveiling of the Apple Watch which will appear early next year. The new 4K iMac also bolstered the stock price.

Source: Fortune