Before you read into the title too much, hear this: This is only addressing the people that only time Apple should exist is if they’re winning the smartphone os war. Apple is in no danger of even becoming a niche market anytime soon. However, since they’ve been usurped in market I’ve noticed a couple of things that you also may find interesting (and a lot claims that Apple is in trouble)
1. Anyone notice how much more advertising the iPhone is getting again?
Three months ago you couldn’t watch for less than hour without seeing some “Droid” commercial rammed down your throat. I even remember several occasions that I would see two of them back to back. While AT&T liked to “suggest” they had the iPhone in their commercials (they never explicitly said it since Apple’s PR Geniuses only want it shown they way they want to), you rarely saw an actual iPhone commercial. What about now? I still see the occasional “Droid” commercial, yet the iPhone commercials are reaching a mass that was only seen when it was first released. Generally speaking, in the market, a product is heavily advertised only when it’s first introduced or the demand for it is down/the company particularly wants it to be higher.
Does this make the hard core fans sad:
Yes. This does suggest that Apple is aware that Android has taken over as the “big dog” now. For the relatively small fan base that wants complete Apple domination, I’m sorry.
Does this point to Apple being in trouble (for the rest of us):
Absolutely not. People seriously read into these things too much. Of course Apple wants its demand higher, what company doesn’t? Yes, Android demand is probably at an all time high. Apple is trying to push back. To say that this means they’re in trouble is absolutely ridiculous. Financially Apple is doing the best it has in years, the iPhone is still the top dog in customer satisfaction, and their market share has not dropped in months (meaning that Android is not taking users away from their iPhones, but rather other companies).
2. Apple supporters are starting to twist data.
Again, NOT ALL APPLE SUPPORTERS ARE DOING THAT. However, I find it interesting how many times this survey came up the other day. The results were tabulated as follows (click it to enlarge):
You know what the headline on the articles from this survey are? Things like “Surprise: Teenagers want an iPhone,” or “Android take a seat. Teens only interested in iPhone.”
Perhaps I misunderstand my statistics teachers over the years, but since when was 37% a majority? Or even 17%??? 17% of teens own an iPhone, and they supposedly prefer it? What about that other 83%? I’m sure that’s not all Android, but I’d recon that a decent chunk of it is (and if not more than 17%, at least close enough that you couldn’t say that teens only have an eye for the iPhone). Perhaps they were talking about the 37% that said they’d buy one in the next 6 months? Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but that still means that 63% of teens have no interest in buying an iPhone. And 63% is a majority (heck, that’s almost enough to pass a bill in congress). There’s no article (that I have been able to find…if you can, PLEASE comment with it below) that shows what the other 63% of teens were thinking. I’m just confused at how news outlets haven’t sat down and thought, “Wait a minute…Somin’ ain’t right here.” While I’m aware that most of the sites are Apple based (and yes, both sides twist data to suit their own needs), this is absolutely absurd. I’m glad that interest in the iPhone is rising among teens, but rising and having the majority are two different things.
3. Then you have surveys like this one:
Speaking of surveys, check out the title on this one: “WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER BUY AN ANDROID PHONE? Take Our Smartphone Survey And Tell Us!”
Wow. BusinessInsider isn’t exactly a slouch of a website, but a Psych 101 student could tell you that this survey is null from bias. And if that weren’t enough, the questions couldn’t make it any more obvious. Look at one of the options for 8 :
8. If you think you’ll buy an iPhone, what might make you buy an Android or BlackBerry or Microsoft WP7 phone instead?
“Nothing: I live in the reality distortion field”
I’m sure this will be posted as “Survey shows people are even more interested in iPhone that 37%” or something like that. I took screenshots of the survey (posted below) for those of you that are interested.
So what does this mean?
I’m not really sure. Perhaps it’s just coincidence that Apple suddenly has a bunch of dumb supporters that want their voice to be heard. I’m not really sure what’s causing it, but it’s necessary. Apple, and the iPhone are doing fine. In fact, it’s STILL increasing its market share month to month. I don’t know why now people are getting all fussed up about Android having the greatest market share in the smartphone OS war. We all knew it was going to happen, Apple’s strategy has always been that way. Get enough people to try your product, they’ll love it, and keep them hooked from then on. Apple has no intent at being the biggest smartphone company. They’re satisfied with making the most money. This goes the same for you Android die hards too: Just because Android is the most popular OS doesn’t mean you need to be an idiot about it. Google is doing fine, so is Apple. Let the companies fight, you don’t need to.
But to answer the question in the title: NO.
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