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  • Munster Thinks iOS 6 Will Help Apple Close The Android Gap


    Although Apple and Google are likely going to remain bitter rivals in the smartphone space with their competing mobile platforms, the gap between Android and iOS may be closing.

    Following Apple's official preview of iOS 6 yesterday at the WWDC 2012 kickoff, no shortage of heavyweight Wall Street analysts find themselves in rare agreement across the mobile landscape this morning. Based on rampant, industry-wide projections, iOS 6 will help Apple absorb some of Android's leading smartphone market share.

    "We believe this focus on integrating important web partners continues to meaningfully differentiate iOS from Android," Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray says, adding that the global iPhone market share will climb at least ten percentage points in the next two to three years.

    Munster says iOS 6 will help Apple's market share grow faster than Android's overall.

    RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani agrees. According to Daryanani, Apple may finally have Android's number, particularly in the wake of Apple's introduction of the new iOS Maps app, which could effectively deflate the momentum of Google's competing 3D mobile mapping service.

    Sources: MarketWatch, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Munster Thinks iOS 6 Will Help Apple Close The Android Gap started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Not quite sure why people disagree with the article... Personal preference is directly tied to the features/options their favored device/brand/line/etc offer vs those of the other. Apple adding built-in turn by turn navigation is a huge addition to the features. Combine that with the new passbook and those are two features that definitely make iOS more appealing to others and thus increase their market share and thus decrease the gap.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Not quite sure why people disagree with the article... Personal preference is directly tied to the features/options their favored device/brand/line/etc offer vs those of the other. Apple adding built-in turn by turn navigation is a huge addition to the features. Combine that with the new passbook and those are two features that definitely make iOS more appealing to others and thus increase their market share and thus decrease the gap.
      The thing is this iOS6 map is just like any other map apps that is out right now, the only difference is the looks of it. Nothing new. Why would it be a game changer when nothing significantly changed?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      The thing is this iOS6 map is just like any other map apps that is out right now, the only difference is the looks of it. Nothing new. Why would it be a game changer when nothing significantly changed?
      Oh, iOS has free turn by turn navigation built in already?

      Any iOS navigation app that's worth a damn costs money unless there's something new out I'm not aware of.
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Not quite sure why people disagree with the article... Personal preference is directly tied to the features/options their favored device/brand/line/etc offer vs those of the other. Apple adding built-in turn by turn navigation is a huge addition to the features. Combine that with the new passbook and those are two features that definitely make iOS more appealing to others and thus increase their market share and thus decrease the gap.
      Unless you happen to own the soon to be seriously outdated iPhone 4.