Cook: 30% of those who've purchased an iPhone during Q3 2015 have switched from Android

Cook: 30  of those who've purchased an iPhone during Q3 2015 have switched from Android

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, 30% of those who've purchased an iPhone during Q3 2015 have switched from an Android smartphone.

Cook made the mention earlier today during Apple's earnings call for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, stating that this is the largest number of Android switchers that the company has recorded since it started measuring switch rates three years ago. In Cook's own words, "It's a huge number and we're very proud of it".

At this point, it's worth noting that Cook appears to have grown fond of mentioning Apple's success in courting Android users. Earlier in the year, the Apple CEO said that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the first iPhones to adopt larger form factors, have managed to secure switches from numerous former Android smartphone users.

In the past year or so, Apple has amped up its efforts to target Android users. In September 2014, the company launched a website dedicated at Android switchers. This past summer, the company launched a trade-in program that encouraged Android users to switch camps and get an iPhone. Furthermore, the company's first Android app, called Move to iOS, is specifically designed to make the transition from Android to iOS as smooth as possible. If you're an Android smartphone thinking about making the switch to iOS, here are a few things you should know before embarking on your journey to iPhone land.

What do you guys make of this? Is it surprising for your to learn that an increasing number of Android smartphone users are now jumping ship and getting iPhones?

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112 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

No idea if that's a good number or a bad number, but whatever Tim, thanks for all the context...

52. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

That means nearly 5% of smartphone users.. or 6.25% of android users. In absolut numbers, that huge. But the information is as vague as any apple statistics, because they marketshare hasn't change that much, meaning almost the same number of users migrate to another platform... Reality distortion field is alive and strong

72. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Don't use big words, apple users aren't capable of understanding context with realistic statements. Plus you need to brandish something shiny in fron of them to get their attention first.

81. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

That's for the blind iSheep only. I don't really care what phone most people have.

90. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This will just be users in China, with cheap crap android phones, because where are all the Apple buyers coming from?

108. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I'm from Australia. Couldn't be happier since making the switch.

109. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Seriously your comment is what makes Android users look like poor douchey nerds who are against anything mainstream. They will never buy and iPhone because they don't want to sell out and convert. I used to have an iPhone converted to Android for the past 3 years. Eventually had enough of the lag, went back to iOS and couldn't be happier. iOS has really matured. Don't see myself going back to android until they can remove the regular frame rate drops that all Android users are accustomed to. Anyone who doesn't have frame rate drops on Android has not installed any apps and is just doing the basics of calls messages and photos.

87. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

88. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

So much for your 30% lol

96. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dont listen to Tim Crook and Apple they love to play with number. As someone else said they did not gain any significant market share to for 1 Android user switching to apple 1 ios user switched back to something else most probably android lol...

110. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Its not a competition, who cares who has more market share?

100. engineer-1701d unregistered

and this is why people hate cook his lies say anything to make your company look good.

105. Nathillien unregistered

Firstly - it is not 30% from ALL iPhones sold, but only from those who upgraded from another SMARTPHONE. First time buyers and feature phone owners were not included in the calculation. If they were, that percentage would be much smaller because of China (the largest growing market) where many still have feature phones or no phone at all. Another thing: What seems big percentage in Apple's term looks insignificant in Android's terms just because the dismal market share Apple has compared to Android. Translated: Around 5% of Android users would switch to Apple, meaning 95% stayed with Android. Take into account that there are also switchers from Apple to Android and suddenly that 30% doesn't mean much.

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Meh, 30% of all phone users is low. Where else are they going to switch from? Symbian, windows phone, and blackberry? Lol

3. Awalker

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'd like to see the evidence he's using to make that statement.

6. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He made it up.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't want to call the guy a liar without first seeing the evidence he's using.

19. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The fact that he offered no evidence is period enough. There's no easy he could know that.

27. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A 1.8% growth Is your proof? Weak.

33. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You seem more upset tonight than usual brosephine. Not much good news coming from your favorite company lately?

35. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not at all. I'm typing this on the hands down best smartphone in the world, the Note 5.

39. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Europeans have never heard of that phone before. Is that out already?

79. meanestgenius

Posts: 21006; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsung-galaxy-note-5-europe-petition-news/ It appears that Europeans have heard of the Note 5, and they want it bad.

82. Cicero

Posts: 1100; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

If you want to buy a Note 5 in Europe you actually can do it on online retailers. Note 5 is not present on carriers stores only. Take a look on grandgsm.ro.

97. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

http://www.cnet.com/news/android-users-more-loyal-than-ios-owners-study-shows/ you know you can find link for anything on the web.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I mean, he probably didn't, but whatever... Anyways, for all we know that number is atrocious. What if 40% of new Android users came from iOS? We have nothing to compare it against. It's like when he says "this is the best iPhone ever." ...Well freakin duh it is...

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I would like to mention that this is based off of the percentage of iphone sales in quarter 3. Not 30% of android switching over.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I understand that. What I don't understand is why people on this site apparently have a problem understanding that ~15,000,000 out of 1,000,000,000+ total Android users switching to the iPhone is a fairly reasonable situation. Assuming there are a billion Android users (and there are probably waaay more than that), this means that, worst-case scenario, only 1.5% of the Android user-base switched.

20. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's the fact that you're not required to mention what phone you're coming from to buy a new iPhone, from any source. It's a made up statistic.

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