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  • Report: Apple's Smartphone Market Share is 'Dead in The Water'

    It's a painful headline for Apple but one that SAI asserts is accurate in its representation of Apple's smartphone marketshare today.

    "Apple's smartphone market share is dead in the water, once again," says Jay Yarow of SAI. The report is based on the most recent data provided by Gartner.

    Since 2011, Apple's market share has fluctuated between 13% and 22%, while Android has consistently climbed to secure 75% of the market. Ugly but true, the iPhone's unit growth is "collapsing" to single digits.

    "It seems clear that if Apple wants to grab the next piece of the smartphone market it will have to think different than it has so far," Yarow writes in his report Tuesday.

    Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, doesn't sound much more optimistic when it comes to Apple.

    In this morning's report, Gupta says that Apple "is faced with the challenge of being increasingly dependent on the replacement market as its addressable market is capped. The next two quarters will also be challenging, as there are no new products are expected to be coming before the third quarter of 2013."

    Sources: SAI, Gartner
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Apple's Smartphone Market Share is 'Dead in The Water' started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. lokenj88's Avatar
      lokenj88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post
      Because a lot of people want to run a vanilla version of the OS, others want to overclock or underclock the CPU or voltage. Those are the main reasons for me.

      Funny. Can you explain how to use the mini to make native voice calls on Verizon (no VOIP tech).
      The exact point I'm making, A PHONE SHOULD NOT BE A TABLET. It's impractical. Who in their right mind says, "you know what would be an awesome phone, my galaxy 7" or galaxy 10"
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      Market share is not everything and just b/c Android can sells more does not make it the best. If you delete the market share they have from free phones given out with contract to people who just want a phone that market share will shrink will get real sad real quick.

      If you consider the actual amount spent by the consumer for the iOS device vs. Android that market share will look a lot less appealing.

      How is it too late for Apple? The next iOS is likely to be the biggest OS change yet and likely to be on 3 different Apple phones not to mention the tablet options. They're doing what everyone claims they need to do.

      Android is like an STD. Just b/c you know a lot of people who have it doesn't mean you should get it too.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by REMED1AL View Post
      Android is like an STD. Just b/c you know a lot of people who have it doesn't mean you should get it too.
      Quote possibly the best thing anyone has ever said on this forum. Lmao.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by simpl3lang View Post
      i like the iphone but apple really needs to make a bigger screen iphone (4.8in or above). if they do, it will definitely be my next phone. i think they can make both a small screen and a big screen to accommodate all smartphone users.
      You're joking right? Never.going.to.happen. TC just preached about how it was a major for them to go upto 4 inches! I think the S2 sizing is fair so maybe a 4 & 1/4 inch or 4 & 1/2 inch max. Will be WISHFUL thinking...4 inches is where it will stay for a LONG time...
    1. kgann's Avatar
      kgann -
      Needs larger screen
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by kgann View Post
      Needs larger screen
      Never gonna happen
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      It's called hyperbole. True, it's not a perfect example, but the comparison is not OS, it's hardware. Right to the basics, iPhone 5 has a build and design quality that far outweighs any of samsung's offerings. Sure they (samsung) have cute little niche capabilities, but honestly, I'd venture to say that the vast majority of people will never use most of the new features. Granted, the technology is inspiring, but for me, after having only had second hand iPhones that I had to fix to use, and always jailbroken, then finally getting a brand new iPhone 5 with no jailbreak, I was happy as a clam! Of course, once the jailbreak came out, I utilized it!

      Samsung phones work, but they are plastic and feel cheap. At least they are copying apple (again) and adding some steal around the perimeter to "fancy it up" some. Still, my iPhone 5 (and ipad mini) have billet aluminum cases. Samsung?
      It would be hyperbole if you made a more accurate one even when you compare on hardware.
      Basics on a computing device would be the computing power.
      Galaxy S4:
      1920 x 1080 with 441 ppi (pixels per inch)
      2GB RAM

      iPhone 5:
      1136 x 640 with 326 ppi
      1GB RAM

      If you want to compare glass shell versus the plastic one, sure iPhone do feel more solid but so does a fancy paperweight. Even if you give points to Apple for pretty shell, Samsung S4 still outweight iPhone 5 with better computing hardware.

      I use iPhone 5 myself, I see absolutely no innovation coming from Apple for past couple years. Even the iOS7 "new" stuff I have seen in jailbreak community for years. This is why Apple's sales have been stagnant, one can only be impressed by pretty box for so long...