iPhone 5 May Cost Android, BlackBerry Dearly
The impact on the smartphone landscape could be significant for Android and BlackBerry once the iPhone 5 is released later this month. That's according to a rash of new reports indicating that demand for Apple's refreshed iPhone will be a market-mover for sure.
Bright and early Wednesday morning, comScore released data from its latest MobiLens service. The findings still show Android as the top smartphone platform with a 52.2 percent market share. But Apple is hanging tough at 33.4 percent. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, the embattled smartphone now holds a scant 9.5 percent share.
From the looks of it, Android and BlackBerry will suffer further losses as 2012 winds to a close. A new infographic from TechBargains tells us that nearly 75 percent of current iPhone 4 owners will plunk down their cash for a new iPhone 5. More importantly, of course, is what Android and BlackBerry device owners will do.
38 percent of BlackBerry owners will switch to the new iPhone. So will 32 percent of people who don't currently own a smartphone. And a very significant chunk of Android phone owners (22 percent) will also make the jump to iPhone 5. Without question, those sound like bold projections. But if they manifest, Apple will be enjoying a position of dominance in the smartphone space never before experienced by the iDevice pioneer.