If being an industry analyst means stating the bleedin’ obvious for an exorbitant fee, then sign me up.

In the latest example, DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole has made the shocking observation that the DS and PSP, both five years old and with combined worldwide sales of more than 160 million units, may well have peaked.

On the other hand, says insightful Dave, the iPhone - which is two years old and has sold some 20 million units - hasn’t. He reckons it will continue to drive growth, and that Apple’s device will be responsible for 24 per cent of all mobile and portable software sales by 2014.

He does make the rather more interesting prediction that the iPhone still won’t have overtaken the two handhelds by then. Okay Dave, we’ll give you that one.

Industry Gamers [via Joystiq]