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This is an article about theft deterrence.  This is very different than the "find my iPhone" functionality, which has allowed iPhones to be remotely found or erased (or locked) since June of 2010 (free for all in 2011).  This "theft bricking" feature is new, and has nothing to do with what you've posted.  I assume, though, that since Google is providing find-my-Android functionality, there is nothing to prevent them from adding the same theft deterrence feature also.
Makes sense.  But Apple is competing against touchscreen tablets, which is not this market.  It's also interesting that, if these things are surfing the web, then they don't help explain why there are so many non-Apple tablets but Apple has 84% of the web usage from tablets.
 It's hard to get real numbers for the rest of the world, but Apple's share of the overall US cell phone market is certainly not going down, and is not about to go down anytime soon!  There are good numbers for market penetration for the US from comScore mobiLens.  As of September, 25.1% of the total cell phone market in the US was iPhone.  That's a quarter of all cell phones in use in the US, not just smartphones.  A year earlier, iPhone had a 17.5% share.  Two years...
 This is exactly right, Daniel!  They define fake markets to minimize Apple's market share.   Perhaps the best example of this is the US "smartphone" market.  The total US cell phone market is growing very slowly right now, but most feature phones are being replaced with low-end Android devices.  Soon they will all be "smartphones", but for the moment the US smartphone market is growing explosively.  So despite the fact that iPhone now has a 25.1% share of all cell phones...
This seems wildly ironic.  Apple, which is in the process of taking over the world, with 25% of the entire phone market in the US (up from 17% last year and 10% the year before), is struggling in the stock market.  While MS, which is rapidly sinking towards irrelevance, is the leading mover.  What a world!
The first few problems that come to mind: o Doesn't look legit -- who's going to be willing to accept it? o You can use it to easily copy anyone's card you hold for a moment. o Easy to accidentally change card (push button) while the vendor has it. o No signature strip -- some people care about that. o Expensive to replace if you lose it. o Eventually the battery dies and you have no cards. o Most countries use smart cards now.
The comScore mobiLens US data is available online, up to September of this year.  According to them the total US mobile phone market has been almost constant for the past few years, and the iPhone share of all cell phones (not just smartphones) in use in the US, as of September, is 25.1%.  That's up from 17.5% a year ago, and 10.2% two years ago.  Since almost all cell phones in the US will be smartphones very soon, this business of comparing growth to the "smartphone"...
According to comScore, more than 25% of all cell phones (not just smartphones) in use in the US right now are iPhones.  This is 8% more share than a year ago, and 14% more than two years ago.  This coming year Apple's share will pass all Android phones combined in the US.  So I'm not sure exactly how Apple is losing in the market share war.
These are the feature phones of the tablet market.  They replace things like cheap portable DVD players.  And just as feature phones were taken over by Android, so have these been.  But the real competition comes as devices get smarter.  Eventually all cell phones and all tablets become app platforms.  Apple will continue to dominate the ones that aren't junk.
I'm a big fan of DED, but the humor would be enhanced if he hadn't somehow ended up with all of the Numbers graphs he showed being wrong. None of them show seven differently labeled items, as they should. Edit: This has now been corrected, but DED should acknowledge that his figures have been corrected. Journalism!
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