Apple announces over 500 million iPhones sold, throws a punch at Android
Apple has now sold a total of more than 800 million iOS devices. The iPhone is leading the way with a whopping more than half a billion (500 million) units sold. Just in the last year, Apple increased its iOS user base by 130 million users.
The iPad is the second best-selling iOS device with 200 million units sold, and then the iPod touch has over 100 million units.
Apple did not pass the chance to throw a punch in the direction of Google’s Android operating system, of course.
"Nearly half of our customers in China switched from Android to iPhone," Tim Cook started what became a long tirade against Android. Cook shared satisfaction ratings of 97% for the iPhone, but not just that - the Apple CEO bragged about quick and widespread adoption of the current iOS 7. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 people users run the latest version (in strike contrast to Android, Cook noticed).
True or not, Apple is now taking a very clear, aggressive stance towards Android. What do you think, is its criticism deserved or not?
A slide shown at WWDC
2. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
LOL yea, I have been watching the keynote and never before have they looked more desperate or threatened. /getsmorepopcorn
9. Sauce (unregistered)
iMessage is lookin even sweeter.
16. shead202 (Posts: 46; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
100 percent agreed! They even ripped off the Android keyboard!
30. Sauce (unregistered)
Don't give a sh*t about the keyboard haha. Voice memos and videos and all that fun built in it nice. especially pick up and put down.
Not to mention using my Mac as an actually phone when receiving SMS and phone calls form my iPhone.
57. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The nerve of Tim Cook not mentioning that iPhone sales declined by 85% in Japan for Q1 2014. The iPhones biggest market outside of the US.
Also there was no mention of the 1.5 billion Android phones already sold.
74. Sauce (unregistered)
Yet more than 50% of people using smartphones in ASIA switched from Android to iOS…. 85% decline is irrelevant. Tsk tsk Android.
78. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Oh god, could you be any more stupid? What they actually said was that 50 percent of the people who bought iPhones in China were former Android users. Not fifty percent of overall smartphone users switching to iPhones.
God, I try and I try, and you keep punishing me. Why?
73. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1218; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
its called hangout for android apple again stolen they dont know what to do, the s*eep are wondering the fields and away from tim
79. Sauce (unregistered)
Last time I checked, "Hangout" was a flopping breathless fish on a boardwalk.
56. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
He has some nerve....I wonder what happened to those bricked mac users in Australia and the world. Then he brags about 99% malware on Android. Did they even fix it?
70. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The malware card is almost as bad as Scroogled....misinformation and FUD.
Bad Apple....bad Apple. Thought you guys were better than that. What am I saying...this is Apple we talking about.
3. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I turned from iphone to android and will never look back... he didnt mentioned how many conversions from ios to android...
13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
and I'm one of these who switched and felt the helluva difference.
18. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 142; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
The first time I experience android and ios was when my dad bought himself an ipad 2 and bought me a galaxy tab at the same time.
When I used the ipad I feel like.. Why can't I do this? Why can't I do that? Why do I have to pay for something that I should be getting for free? Why this thing is so under-speced for a price that high?
Even my dad regretted so much that he bought an ipad
After that, I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO INTEREST IN APPLE PRODUCT.
80. Sauce (unregistered)
You sound like the people on 2am infomercials who are told what to say into the camera to make their product look better lmao. 18 people who green thumbed you probably bought magic hair growing cream once in their life.
20. robert26101 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
Me too! My last iPhone was the 4s and I will never go back. Android for me.
27. maherk (Posts: 1193; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I had the iPhone 2g for less than a week (no video shooting, itunes, and no Bluetooth sharing was main reasons for ditching it), then I gave the 3GS a try and that was it. I am stuck with Android forever, every year all Apple does is introduce new iOS features that has been there on Android for years.
31. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 142; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Jeez, I have never ever been so thankful to God Almighty that I never own idevices
61. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
God bless you that hope you never will.
72. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1218; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
right its time for android to crush ios, they are scared so throw sticks and stones but words wont hurt us. its take 5 years for apple to move there hurd to widgets notification bars and other android things, wow i hate tim cant believe we share the same family name
8. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Like how Jobs always talked about Android, you tend to focus on what bothers you the most.
60. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 400; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
So I guess that is why so many people here talk about Apple, right? No matter which device an article is about, people always compare the device to an Apple device.
71. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Not so sure about comparing their devices to iPhones, but PA does post enough of those stories. I think it's more of a seeded hatred that comes from one group looking down their nose at the other group. It's reversed a bit but the early days of Android were full of negative comments from iFans. Some people haven't moved on, from either side.
63. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)
Um...no? Android users have had all of these features for years. I don't think you know what the word "envy" means. Ask SIRI for help before using a word you do not understand next time, lest you look foolish.
6. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 142; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Apple can say what they want but the worldwide marketshare.. Android rules 92% of it.
58. CreeDiddy (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
You're right Android. Besides Samsung who is making money besides creating market share for Android? The quarterly revenue and profits numbers come out all of the time and its comes up as Samsung and Apple for the last 10-12 quarters consecutively. Market share is an indication of popularity, but does not demonstrate the entire story.
7. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Funny title... 500 doesnt seem like too much until you get to the article.
11. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
millions of "prisoners" in a featureless closed operating system. I'd rather have any android device but never an iPhone. some people truly don't care about tech and we call them iFeaturePhone users.
17. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
People loved being robbed...there is no logic in cultism...
26. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Prisoners? Nobody is being held against their will. Some may not know anything different, but you'd have that on both sides.
28. maherk (Posts: 1193; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I am sure that he was referring to those who spent lots of money in iTunes and feel they ll be losing all their investment if they jumped off the ship now.
36. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I had a friend at work who felt that way, he finally went with the Note 2 almost two years ago after owning nothing but iPhones since the first and being disappointed by the 4s and 5. He lost apps, true, but he found a way to move all his purchased music and video content. He had hundreds of dollars in content.
75. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1218; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
when you sell phones you tend to sell what makes you more commision apple pays more per device so the average home owner that knows nothing about tech and says i now apple i hurd about them really good i dont know what android is, is that like google or samsung and then your just like oh god slap face yes buy iphone and go away give me my money, then that person comes back how do i do this and that, and you say go to apple store.
12. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)
90% adoption rate for ios7? That would almost be impressive, except that when apple released that glitchy mess it broke the 4&4S FORCING people to buy a new device that was designed to handle ios7.
Boo apple, boo.
35. elitewolverine (Posts: 2057; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Awwww hurt much? I could name hundreds upon hundreds that did a 4.3 update on the s3 and the droid update killed their dialer...
It took over 3 months to fix from android and samsung working together.
Would you keep a phone you couldnt dial for three months? Talk about 'forcing'.
And no 95% of the community does not mod their devices. In my made up stat of course.
37. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Those people could roll back to 4.1 or root and install a different rom. Apple wouldn't let people on 7 will back to 6.x.
86. elitewolverine (Posts: 2057; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
When you get a new phone and you expect users to root it and void their warranty? You do know that root's account for a smaller percentage than you might think. That actual droid users have no clue what root means.
Here at PA sure we all do, but you are truly blind to think most users want to root a phone that should just work.
But this is the droids strengths, any fault can be fixed by a 3rd party hopefully.
44. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)
Not at all, why would I be hurt? My phones have always worked swimmingly after an update, they've never broken my phone and forced me to buy a new one.
What an odd thing to say. You apple fans sure do have...unique...ways of interpretting things.
49. mattkl (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)
"I could name hundreds upon hundreds that did a 4.3 update on the s3 and the droid update killed their dialer..."
You don't have to name the "hundreds upon hundreds" but just name 100 since you quoted yourself as being able to. Or are you one of those persons who has little facts so they use hyperbole as fact.
Also I'm not surprised that if S3 owners updated their Galaxy with a "droid" update that it would kill their non Droid phone dialer.
85. elitewolverine (Posts: 2057; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Sure, Tmobile. enough devices were switched out under Warranty exchange that Samsung said no more and Tmobile said tough luck wait for android.
Considering one agent will exchange about 4 devices a day working an 8hr shift. With a larger majority being the droid, and enough that they denied warranty exchanges. I could name the hundreds from a single call center. Then again I realized that if I named per person, I would have to release data tmobile doesn't want out there, like persons names etc.
In the end, a simple call to them would confirm this. If I am able to dig up the doc and post its contents I will do so.
64. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
That's funny considering you only know probably 5 people.
76. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1218; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i have a gs3 dont know what your talking about.
77. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1218; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
opps i forgot i could just put another dialer on unlike apple lol
15. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Meanwhile, Apple continues losing worldwide market share...
59. CreeDiddy (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
If Apple stayed at 20% global market share for the next 10 years they will be fine. How many Android companies would come and go by that time frame?
65. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
How many have actually "gone"? Maybe transferred hands, but not lost forever, there genius.
81. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
I don't think LG, Samsung, Sony, etc. would be going anywhere considering they're successful in making other things.
19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
All they talk bout is sales. Who cares it's bout upgrading your technology
22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Majority of Apple users don't care about technology they just care about how popular it is and if they will look trendy with it.
82. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
100% true, all the apple users I personally know are people who buy it only because it's popular and trendy. Most of them are people who aren't knowledgeable of tech.
87. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
You're right bout that. But they say Android have more MALEWARE than any other OS out there. I don't even have maleware on my phone. What does this idiot CEO knows.
21. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Same old comments and graphs...
9/10 iOS users have the latest version (but how many have all the features from the latest version???)
97% of satisfaction rating... probably asked to current iPhone users, not to former ones... (But admitedly satisfaction is still a strong point for Apple devices)