The buzz in consumer tech this past week has been Apple iPhone sales and their apparent resurgence for the first time in a few years. Samsung seemed to be the darling for a couple years with its witty advertising jabs at Apple and some really solid well made phones. Now the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are out in the larger market and Tim Cook is giving metrics which seem to point to Android defectors making up a good portion of new iPhone sales. The trend in the past few years has been iPhone users moving to Android so why the sudden shift? If Cook’s numbers are to be believed. I would point to screen size, one of the main reasons I left iPhone behind with iPhone 4. Now that the iPhone has a larger screen, could Android users be jumping back on the Apple ship?
In an interview, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, not surprisingly, argued that the demand is more than temporary. He said fewer than 15% of older iPhone owners upgraded to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and that the majority of switchers to iPhone came from smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system.
With larger screens and a new fresh design, I think Apple’s appeal has increased once again, they lost an opportunity with the first wave of large screens and it seems they’re making up for it. It will be interesting to see if they decide to change up iOS to be more user customizable like Android currently is. Knowing Apple this is highly unlikely, but then they did say they would never make a large phablet sized screen. Even with Apple’s new found sales Android is still alive and well and better than ever. I don’t think this news of surging iPhone sales and Android defectors is going to hurt Google’s Android too much. Apple lost the chance to squash Android years ago, now they’ll just have to learn to compete side by side with them.
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