There are two types of analysts in this world: those who make overblown and ultimately misjudged statements that drive web hits (Pachter's recent "iPod Touch dangerous to gaming" comments spring to mind), and those that stick to the safe, almost obvious observations in order to save face.
Given that the DS has sold over 100 million units worldwide and, though currently on the slide, the PSP has also managed to shift 50 million units, the fact that some now believe that both are now past their peak is hardly surprising. Nevertheless, DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole has decided to state the obvious by proclaiming the iPhone as the new driving force behind handheld game sales, concluding that leading the market doesn't necessarily equate to growing the market.
"The dedicated portable game systems from companies like Nintendo and Sony are still expected to lead the market, but it appears growth for these devices has peaked," Cole stated, according to IndustryGamers.com. "The platforms from Apple are expected to be responsible for the bulk of market growth over the next few years."