IDC, a leading technology research firm, is trotting out its crystal ball. Among its tech predictions for 2010: Apple brings out a tablet computer, netbooks move upscale, and I.B.M. buys Juniper Networks.
IDC presents its technology predictions on Thursday. Other noteworthy forecasts? There will be 300,000 iPhone applications by the end of next year, nearly triple the current number. There will be 50,000 to 75,000 Google Android applications, up from about 10,000. Twenty million digital electric meters will be deployed in United States households in 2010, and more than 60 million worldwide. And 77 million Americans, or 25 percent of the population, will have electronic health records, compared with about 14 percent now, the firm predicts.