More consumers are ditching Android for iPhone than ever

More consumers are ditching Android for iPhone than ever
Apple's quarterly earnings call just took place, with head honcho Tim Cook delivering the usual dose of self-congratulation. Increased year-on-year iPhone sales of 47.5 million units just scraped the company over the line of Wall Street estimates, and while stock has since taken a bit of a hit, the Q3 2015 conference was a largely incident-free affair. One topic that the company's CEO continually touched upon was that of Android switchers, or those ditching their Galaxy Notes and Xperias for the privilege of owning an iPhone. Apparently, this quarter has seen a record-breaking number of such occurrences. 

Every iPhone sale is an unquestionable win for Apple. But a former Android user is a major coup, since new users will invest more in the iTunes Store while essentially giving the finger to the Google Play Store and the OEMs of Android devices. With an iPhone in hand, it's then likely that a future upgrade will also be an iPhone, and it's reasonable to suggest that an iPhone owner may splash on other Apple devices and products further down the line. 

At the conference, Cook spoke of the "highest switcher rate from Android that [Apple has] ever measured," adding that "the iPhone is doing outstanding[ly]." He also waxed poetic about the customer satisfaction rates -- something Apple is famed for -- although in recent times, the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 have given Cupertino a run for its money

The point is often made that since Apple doesn't compete outside the higher-end price bracket, it's losing valuable market share to Android and also Windows Phone. But with increased sales each year and more folk apparently jumping ship, the Mac maker's game plan seems to be working, and as we gear up for a fall that'll probably see two new powerhouses from both Apple and its major rival Samsung, the former must be feeling considerably more confident than the latter. 

source: iMore



1. AlikMalix unregistered

That makes no sense - iPhones are useless bricks displaying a logo. /s

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

So you say. I don't like the limitations of the iPhone but I've been with Android since froyo & I'm really getting sick of all the bugs & the sh*t products with to many compromises these oems are putting out. Android could be so much better!!!

53. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

For such a reliable source imore. Also there is no mention about the iPhones heading into new markets like China for instance. Android grew to 65% in the US last quarter.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone is in denial.

78. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

thats wat iam gonna do after my note 4 updates experience iam now 100% sure that samsung is only makeing craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaps.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered


61. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Time for Apple to rise the price of the handset since the demand is high and they are the sole supplier. I will think a $50 to $99 increase would be good with no negative impact.

72. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

u work for them... or u just want to pay more for the iphone....

73. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't buy iPhone just their cheaper iPad. Better spec for lower price. Android phone give me better value. Apple makes about US$500 per iPhone and US$250 per iPad. I really don't understand why I should be cheering for them.

34. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Nice job trolling the very first post for Apple, you must be so proud.

39. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes, yes I am... Just FYI: the /s = sarcasm. Everyone knows I'm an apple fan.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

47 posts, yep you're kinda new. Alik was joking dude.

74. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I don't believe this BS headline. I was stuck with a iPhone for the last 5 months and I am SO HAPPY to be back on Android. Only a complete idiot prefers Apple after using Android.

82. AlikMalix unregistered

Why were you "stuck" with an iPhone for 5 months?

83. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a lie, to make it look like he isn't a true hater.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Reallly? Even in the developing countries where they have to sell a kidney to even afford an iPhone? What a load of Bull

3. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Not terribly surprising. The iPhone having a decent size screen is still relatively new, and the Samsung S6 is a huge disappointment. If I were stupid enough to be in the market for a phone like the S6 I'd possibly buy an iPhone instead.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please explain, how the s6 is a "huge disappointment" subpar battery life aside, this phone is incredible. I own a 6+, and can honestly say the s6 edge is better, not in every way, but overall. Both have their pros and cons, but the s6 gets the nod.

21. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Lack of hardware features, like a removable battery and microSD. When they announced the S4 I was ecstatic that they designed such a great piece of hardware, but the tech press was gushing over the software (turn your head to stop a video, etc.). Since then the tech press has changed it's opinion of those stupid software features, and even dish on the presentation which they at the time thought was fantastic (which I thought was stupid). When they announced the S6 I was extremely disappointed that they would produce a phone that wouldn't have even made the short list two years ago. The tech press was ecstatic, and claiming this would increase sales. For a while they continued to say sales would increase, but they are finally coming around to the realization that the phone won't sell well.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

With the design, and refinements to touchwiz, they're heading in a different direction. The phone is actually awesome, but being primarily an iphone user, I never really depended on SD, and removable batteries. I can understand your gripe, but overall it's a helluva device.

41. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Since when does the iPhone offer removable battery and sd card slots?

26. choctawfootball

Posts: 26; Member since: May 04, 2015

Its not sub par battery...its complete sht battery life. Gpu performance is sht. Cpu performane is subpar. No removable battery. No micro sd slot. No front or front facing speakers. Includes bs gimmicks like finger print scanner and samsung pay. Will have subpar android updates. Touchwiz is sht (i use nova). 1 huge pro over the iphone is screen. 1 additional pro is the camera but not a huge pro over the iphone. The above 2 pros don't overcome the cons mentioned above.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pros: Screen Rear cam Front cam Future proof Premium design (boosts resale value) Refined touchwiz Much better finger print scanner Theme store IR blaster Excellent feature set Top notch hardware Cons: Some lag Subpar battery life Gets hot TTS poorly implemented Great device.

48. chadcy

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Hey dark, I think what Kary might be referring to is some of the glitches in the S6 reported that people are tired of. If you pay 700+ dollars for a phone, the edge part should not be inoperable in some phones. If you pay 1k for a 128GB version, that phone better work as advertised, and some S6/edge models do not. I am a big fan of Android tech and the only thing Apple I prefer is Mac computers. Android phones have great cameras, Processors, but what good is all the tech in Android phones if the software is not utilizing the hardware in order to have a smooth, efficient and a majority bug free experience after the first or second year of ownership. I have an old iphone 4 given to me for free and my wife has an old LG Volt. Take a guess which software is still running smooth and one which has lag and bugs. Apple does not have the tech and design behind its phones, but you better believe that the software will be reliable when you try to use your phone. To me, when Android says that they will stop updating your phones after 2 years, this is when Android folks jump ship. Folks are tired of buggy software after year 3, and they see that Apple has something new and that OS will run as smooth as butter. Although Apple devices are expensive, Apple earns its money when it continues to update its devices that are old, so they can continue to operate similar to day one. Don't get me wrong, IOS phones aren't perfect (i.e. bendgate, bugs here and there), but I will take a reliable device that will do what it is supposed to do as long as it can, then have a device that is only effective for a couple of years and then be annoying to use. Anyone, if you have an Android device that operates great after 3 years, please let me know so that I can check it out. I am making my decision on which OS to use based on long term reliability. Sorta like how we look at car purchases.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a very thought out post bro. Apples device support is second to non, I just think they've begun lagging in the QC department. Overall it's a top notch device, but I need to see them use specs vs just optimization to run these features they're now including. I've yet to keep any phone past a year, so I can't honestly speak pro or con for either platform in the long term area. Apple has a huge fan base for a reason though. I'm part of that fan base, and also part of Samsung. +1

54. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Not a apple fan but do appreciate some things. ios is very good os (might be limited to some people opinion but I don't have any experience) performance wise. I like the way it is optimized for hardware and apps run native not as in android. There are somethings I hate about apple though, devices are overpriced, I am okay with it but they should not compromise anywhere then. There os runs well on dual core 1 gb ram, they save money there spend it on better battery, better modem, may be better screen. Also the price of iphone never drops, if you in market to buy a phone with $400 worth smart phone, you can get 2-3 year old iphone or just a year old android flagship which is as good or better. Apple has 16gb model so people would go for 64gb and pay more, i watch sport looks cheap and has schrachable display, even $550 watch has crappy band, and if you calculate the price of highest band it's worth $400, seriously apple. At least android phone manufactures go full throttle, samsung had better camera in note 4 same time the iphone 6 launched. iphone could have gone for 2gb RAM and more megapixel camera with larger battery for 6 only, but they didn't. They improved ipad a lot compared to improvement in iphone. Apple can do better it just doesn't, to make more profit and I hate that part. Typed on my macbook air

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The OS used to run god on dual core, and 1 giggle of ram iPhone 5. The 5S/6 run like crap. Apple implemented too many Android features, and not enough spec power. I'm a seasoned ios user, and now way bro. Time to up the ante

60. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess, then it's time for iphone to move to quad core perhaps with 2 gigs of RAM. I might consider purchasing one (6S obliviously, as year old just for $100 less is idiotic), if it has good specs, will use it for one year and then go for note 6.

62. AlikMalix unregistered

Dark, not used an iPhone 6, but running ios8.4 and versions before that on iPhone 5s (which is nearing 2 years for those that don't know) and its smooth, no issues, very rare "app to homepage" crashes like once a month, but overall experience is fluid - very happy - honest. The only thing pushing me to upgrade is Apple pay as it is now accepted at my gas station among other places.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You don't think more power is needed for Apples new ios direction?

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