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Social media reactions to the launch of iOS 7 yesterday appears to have been heavily driven by youth, who hated the wait but are loving the product.

iOS 7


iOS 7 Anticipation



Instagram, Facebook and Twitter were full of angst and humor related to the initial wait for the iOS 7 update to become available.

September 18, 2013


For some users, it appeared as if it would take hours (below), as Apple was tasked with delivering the roughly 750 MB iOS 7 upgrade download to a big chunk of the 300 million devices currently using iOS 6. Coping with the massive demand reportedly resulted in high priority internal alerts.

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Just a few hours later, the actual wait time was getting dramatically exaggerated by end users, rather than Apple's servers.

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iOS 7 Obsession



There initially was so much talk about iOS 7 on social media networks that eventually there was nearly as much talk about the talk about iOS 7 as there was talk about iOS 7.

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Even users without iPhones were excited about iOS 7, judging from over one hundred thousand downloads of this particular iOS 7 skin in Google Play. There are currently over 300 of these "apps" in Google Play library (although many are simply wallpapers and junkware pretending to be an app).

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iOS 7 Appreciation



Cook Ive Federighi


The full scale redesign of iOS 7, led by Apple's chief executive Tim Cook, design guru Jony Ive, its software technology maven Craig Federighi and involving months of intense work by thousands of Apple employees, did not go unnoticed by youth on Instagram (where there were nearly 500,000 images tagged #ios7 yesterday afternoon), on Facebook and Twitter.

Instagram hashtag iOS7


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Teens & iPhones



Youth's excitement surrounding iOS 7 might come as a surprise, given that in January a top headline making the rounds asked whether the iPhone was "no longer cool to teens?" After months of being broadly syndicated, largely without criticism, that headline now generates 189 million search results from Google.

All of those reports can be traced back to one source: Buzz Marketing Group, run by Tina Wells, who issued the report and was subsequently quoted by Fortune as saying "Teens are telling us Apple is done. Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don?t think they are connecting with Millennial kids [who are] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy."Apple maintained a significant edge over Samsung in smartphone ownership among youth 18-24, as well as being better represented among users 25-34.

Since January, however, Apple's iPhones subsequently outsold Samsung's higher end Galaxy phones, despite a series of flashy new product launches and aggressive smartphone discounting and promotion by Samsung. Meanwhile, the Surface turned out to a huge dud for Microsoft across all demographics, generating a write-off of nearly a billion dollars.

All mention of the "iPhone isn't cool" study, which was formerly prominently featured on the research firm's website, has since been removed.

A few months before the study was circulated among adults, pop icon Justin Bieber tweeted out an selfie captioned, "took this on my Iphone 5 the front camera is definitely clearer," generating 316,000 likes on Instagram, 45,950 retweets and over 27,000 favorites on Twitter from squealing fans.

Research based on surveys is notoriously biased by the questions users are asked, resulting in data that is clearly not accurate. Research based on demographics, rather than asking leading questions, arrives at different conclusions.

In August, report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners looking at such demographics about smartphone ownership was largely reported as noting that more than twice as many Samsung owners were switching to iPhones rather than moving in the opposite direction. Samsung has more middle age users and significantly greater penetration among seniors 55-64.

It was also broadly reported, as Philip Elmer-Dewitt of the Fortune Apple 2.0 wrote, that the data "showed, not surprisingly, that Apple's customers tend to be richer and better educated than Samsung's."

Nearly 70 percent of iPhone users reported earning more than $50,000, while only 55 percent of Samsung's buyers did, and the number of users with a college degree, masters or doctorate were also much more likely to have an iPhone. This kind of data has also shown up in heat maps of users in affluent locations.

However, the data also showed that Apple maintained a significant edge over Samsung in smartphone ownership among youth 18-24, as well as being better represented among users 25-34. On the other hand, Samsung has more middle age users and significantly greater penetration among seniors 55-64, perhaps related to the oversized screens Samsung commonly uses.


Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners


Ironically, Samsung has tried for the last two years to advertise that iPhones are for old people. Last year, Samsung's TV ads portraying young users bumping phones to exchange playlists using NFC as bewildered older people waited in line for the iPhone 4S. The youngest person in line flashed his Galaxy S III and announced that he was just holding a place for his middle aged parents. A second ad campaign again presented befuddled, greying parents with iPhones as young people acted young and enthusiastically used proprietary Samsung features. Samsung has since taken the video spots off of YouTube.

iOS 7 is the update you can get



Google currently lists over a billion search results for "iOS 7," more than "Android 4.3," which launched back in July. A big part of that discrepancy is that nearly all existing iOS users can upgrade to iOS 7, while a very small percentage of the Android installed base can get the latest version of Android, thanks to the carriers and phone vendors (including Samsung) who don't see Google's updates as worth delivering to their customers.



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Source: Google



Currently, only 8.5 percent of Android users actively using Google Play even have last year's Android 4.2. In contrast, nine months after Apple released iOS 6, over 93 percent of the installed base had installed it. Another six percent were using iOS 5, released the same month as Android 4.0.

Apple expects a similar majority of its user base to upgrade to iOS 7, and has facilitated broad updates by making sure the new software can run even on iPhone 4, which was released three years ago in 2010. Few, if any, Android or Windows Phone models older than a year are ever eligible for major system updates.
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I love the part about 'they hated the wait', yet they managed to update the day it came out ....
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I love the part about 'they hated the wait', yet they managed to update the day it came out ....

LOL. And now I have been confirmed, again, why I don't use social media. Have you seen those usernames? I think mine is lame here, but...


  • attagirlkylie
  • deezy
  • Momma Long Legs
  • everyday_manday
  • Justin hasn't
  • Arrogant
  • ChieeffKeefSosa

...and THAT is the last time I'll Samsung/Paste something from an article. The freaking 'Tag This Topic' popup is excruciating freaking annoying. What Freak implemented THAT?

post #4 of 58
Here's a cool site where you can get a sense of adoption rates. Already iOS 7 is around 25%.

https://mixpanel.com/trends/#report/ios_7/from_date:-2,to_date:0

Based on message board comments (especially on MacRumors) I expected I wasn't going to like it; that I was going to be telling myself I liked it more than I really did. But to my surprise I actually do like it. Of course it's not perfect and I don't love everything about it (I didn't with iOS 6 either). But after using it for a few hours I wondered what all the angst was about. Using it again this morning it seems completely natural to use and I don't really miss iOS 6. But maybe the reason I have less angst is I'm treating it as a version 1.0 product. It's a complete redesign in the span of 7 months or so and it's just the beginning. Also a lot of the issues people are complaining about seem to be easily fixable. And maybe we'll see some of the rough edges smoothed out in point updates. I do think the current team under Cook will be more responsive to feedback than Jobs and Forstall were.

One of my favorite things about iOS 7 is iTunes Radio. I used it for a couple hours last night and the song choices were great and I never had one repeat. On par with my Pandora experience and much better than the radio feature within Spotify. I can only imagine how good it will be once I've been using it longer and it's become acclimated to my tastes.
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Ah, DED. Cherry-picks tweets for his article and then complains about survey bias. Total lack of self awareness.

post #6 of 58
Kids these days..

But some of this shit is actually pretty funny.neat to see what normal ppl think of ios7
post #7 of 58
Youth don't use Facebook. As soon as their parents started- they stopped. Twitter is headed that way- but still relevant. It's Instagram and vine mainly until their parents catch on to that. And snapchat of course. Oh, snapchat....

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post #8 of 58
The some ho is lonely tweet had me rolling
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post #9 of 58
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Ah, DED. Cherry-picks tweets for his article and then complains about survey bias. Total lack of self awareness.

 

This is an apple fan site. 

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post #10 of 58
My 14-year-old came home from school yesterday, eager for me to get her phone updated for her because that's all everyone at school was talking about. Afterwards, she was, well, giddy as a schoolgirl.
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Looks like Cook, Federighi and Ive get the cover of Bloomberg/Businessweek. Apparently they take some shots at Android. The tech sites will be in heaven with all the extra clicks they'll get today. 1biggrin.gif

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/153204-apple-chiefs-discuss-strategy-market-share-and-the-new-iphones
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Ah, DED. Cherry-picks tweets for his article and then complains about survey bias. Total lack of self awareness.

I missed the part where this 'article' is a 'survey'.
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My 14-year-old came home from school yesterday, eager for me to get her phone updated for her because that's all everyone at school was talking about. Afterwards, she was, well, giddy as a schoolgirl.

I was too yet my wife said she couldn't care less and no one at her office (real estate) even knew about it. So I am actually happy to be part of the 'young', if only 'at heart' 1smile.gif
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Here's a cool site where you can get a sense of adoption rates. Already iOS 7 is around 25%.

https://mixpanel.com/trends/#report/ios_7/from_date:-2,to_date:0

Based on message board comments (especially on MacRumors) I expected I wasn't going to like it; that I was going to be telling myself I liked it more than I really did. But to my surprise I actually do like it. Of course it's not perfect and I don't love everything about it (I didn't with iOS 6 either). But after using it for a few hours I wondered what all the angst was about. Using it again this morning it seems completely natural to use and I don't really miss iOS 6. But maybe the reason I have less angst is I'm treating it as a version 1.0 product. It's a complete redesign in the span of 7 months or so and it's just the beginning. Also a lot of the issues people are complaining about seem to be easily fixable. And maybe we'll see some of the rough edges smoothed out in point updates. I do think the current team under Cook will be more responsive to feedback than Jobs and Forstall were.

One of my favorite things about iOS 7 is iTunes Radio. I used it for a couple hours last night and the song choices were great and I never had one repeat. On par with my Pandora experience and much better than the radio feature within Spotify. I can only imagine how good it will be once I've been using it longer and it's become acclimated to my tastes.

Re last paragraph ... I have to think Pandora and Spotify will soon go through the following stages ... acceleration of bleeding finically / funding drying up... being bought out / taken over by a big fish wanting to compete with Apple Radio (aka as loss leader product) and gain a ready made client base.
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Re last paragraph ... I have to think Pandora and Spotify will soon go through the following stages ... acceleration of bleeding finically / funding drying up... being bought out / taken over by a big fish wanting to compete with Apple Radio (aka as loss leader product) and gain a ready made client base.
I wish Apple could snatch up Spotify. I love it (other than the radio feature). But my guess is Apple will never go to a subscription model because of iTunes.
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This is possibly due to the fact that teenagers are the only ones who have time to tweet or put up facebook status updates about the new iOS. I've got it and I enjoy it but given that I was at work while my phone was updating, I wasn't tweeting or facebooking about it. Just a thought.

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...and THAT is the last time I'll Samsung/Paste something from an article. The freaking 'Tag This Topic' popup is excruciating freaking annoying. What Freak implemented THAT?

 

I haven't seen this "feature" before in Android. Is it another one of Samsung's exclusive gimmicks?

post #18 of 58
I predicted this response after I showed an early beta to my friends 11 year old daughter.

Ive and co. know exactly what they are doing.

Time and time again, experts on the internet have dissed Apple only to be proved wrong again and again. I remember the criticism of the iPad when it was released, the jokes about it just being a 'big iPhone'. Since then iPad created a new product category and is killing the PC.
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I haven't seen this "feature" before in Android. Is it another one of Samsung's exclusive gimmicks?

Huddler Tech. The worst out there.
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Re last paragraph ... I have to think Pandora and Spotify will soon go through the following stages ... acceleration of bleeding finically / funding drying up... being bought out / taken over by a big fish wanting to compete with Apple Radio (aka as loss leader product) and gain a ready made client base.

 

I don't think you understand why Spotify exists. It's partly owned by the big music labels and exists to compete with iTunes at any financial cost. The big labels really hate that iTunes has such a strong grip over digital music sales. It's already a loss leader.

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Slightly OT:

 

The control centre transparency looks rather unattractive on the iPad 2. And the notification centre transparency isn't as colourful. 

 

Is the is due to the hardware limitations of the iPad 2?

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I don't think you understand why Spotify exists. It's partly owned by the big music labels and exists to compete with iTunes at any financial cost. The big labels really hate that iTunes has such a strong grip over digital music sales. It's already a loss leader.

Not sure you have the entire picture. In a report released in 2012, it stated that Spotify posted a net loss of $59 million in 2011, ascribed to increased staff costs and licensing fees and royalties to record companies. That last part seems to indicate to me that they are hurting due to royalties to the very people you say own them? If so that's a bit odd isn't it? Or has Daniel Ek been bought out by the 'big labels' and I missed that?
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This is possibly due to the fact that teenagers are the only ones who have time to tweet or put up facebook status updates about the new iOS. I've got it and I enjoy it but given that I was at work while my phone was updating, I wasn't tweeting or facebooking about it. Just a thought.

Or you have another time wasting outlet- like this forum. 1wink.gif

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post #24 of 58
The experience is much better on the iPhone than it is on the iPad; after some early frustration with the contrast and color choices (e.g., the red menus and text in calendar), it's growing on me.
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The experience is much better on the iPhone than it is on the iPad; after some early frustration with the contrast and color choices (e.g., the red menus and text in calendar), it's growing on me.

I've been using iOS 7 dev versions since the get go and I have to say Calendar has been the one I had the hardest time with. It is almost too sparse yet then again not everywhere ... I am a total iOS 7 convert so i don't say this negatively of the OS but that app ... I can't put my finger on what it is that's bothering me. There is something missing that I'll only notice when it's there ... 1smile.gif
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This is possibly due to the fact that teenagers are the only ones who have time to tweet or put up facebook status updates about the new iOS. I've got it and I enjoy it but given that I was at work while my phone was updating, I wasn't tweeting or facebooking about it. Just a thought.

Are you at work now? Just a question.
post #27 of 58
About 4pm yesterday I noticed my teenage nephew posetd on his Facebook "This post was entirely done using Siri. Love IOS7" If the kids like it, it will be successful!
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Cook Ive Federighi
 

 

 

Whence came this image? I’ve never seen full-body shots of these guys before, much less like this.

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post #29 of 58
I visited the Buzz Marketing Web site to enlighten myself about the company. Upon seeing Tina's picture she looked familiar to me. Now I checking with friends in Philadelphia to find out if any of them know her. Too funny.

On the nitpicking side of things, I have never heard of "Wharton School of..." as listed in her bio...Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of…

Oh well.
post #30 of 58
That proclamation that young people had abandoned Apple sure got a lot of attention for many months. And now it seems it was pure and utter bull****.

Now I am wondering what other truisms about youth are just Analysts making **** up.

Maybe youth do use Facebook.

Maybe young people read the news. Maybe they have good attention spans and think intelligently and critically about things.

Maybe young people appreciate good integrated design of the digital products they use every day.
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Whence came this image? I’ve never seen full-body shots of these guys before, much less like this.

It is close to the cover photo. Maybe BW published the image.
post #32 of 58
As a teenager and a high school student, I can say that people my age really do enjoy the new software. I think they do enjoy the more modern look rather than the skeuomorphism. While some think it's a little tacky, I firmly believe a lot of people I've talked to see this as the way of the future for most products.
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Not surprised that youth is impressed. The iOS 7 color scheme is something only a teen girl could love.

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That proclamation that young people had abandoned Apple sure got a lot of attention for many months. And now it seems it was pure and utter bull****.

Now I am wondering what other truisms about youth are just Analysts making **** up.

Maybe youth do use Facebook.

Maybe young people read the news. Maybe they have good attention spans and think intelligently and critically about things.

Maybe young people appreciate good integrated design of the digital products they use every day.

 

The sad part about this is that no one really asks us. As a high school senior, I find it terrible how analysts and others just assume we are this way or that way. A lot of my generation actually are really technologically savvy, read the news, and appreciate good design. No one asks us!

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Cook Ive Federighi

All the kids will now be Federighi'ing and Ive'ing (probably not as much Cook'ing) ... pics of people in these poses in all sorts of locations will be the latest rage.

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Maybe youth do use Facebook.

Maybe young people read the news. Maybe they have good attention spans and think intelligently and critically about things.

Maybe young people appreciate good integrated design of the digital products they use every day.

 

 

All those things are true about the youths that live in my house (and, as near as I can tell, in the houses near mine.)

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The sad part about this is that no one really asks us. As a high school senior, I find it terrible how analysts and others just assume we are this way or that way. A lot of my generation actually are really technologically savvy, read the news, and appreciate good design. No one asks us!

Not only that it is often hard to be taken seriously, even in your 20s. I recall trying to start a business, talking to bank managers about business loans wasn't easy. I suspect it is more of an indictment of their own youth if older folks think so lowly of the youth of today. So take heart and don't give up, you guys are the future.
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Not only that it is often hard to be taken seriously, even in your 20s. I recall trying to start a business, talking to bank managers about business loans wasn't easy. I suspect it is more of an indictment of their own youth if older folks think so lowly of the youth of today. So take heart and don't give up, you guys are the future.

 

Exactly. People often find my generation to be lazy and not wanting to do much, but I know that there are quite a few people in my generation who have a really interesting desire to further tech. We've had all of this for our whole lives...we are ready to make a big difference!

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Originally Posted by TheUnfetteredMind View Post
All the kids will now be Federighi'ing and Ive'ing (probably not as much Cook'ing) ... pics of people in these poses in all sorts of locations will be the latest rage.

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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post

Here's a cool site where you can get a sense of adoption rates. Already iOS 7 is around 25%.

https://mixpanel.com/trends/#report/ios_7/from_date:-2,to_date:0

Based on message board comments (especially on MacRumors) I expected I wasn't going to like it; that I was going to be telling myself I liked it more than I really did. But to my surprise I actually do like it. Of course it's not perfect and I don't love everything about it (I didn't with iOS 6 either). But after using it for a few hours I wondered what all the angst was about. Using it again this morning it seems completely natural to use and I don't really miss iOS 6. But maybe the reason I have less angst is I'm treating it as a version 1.0 product. It's a complete redesign in the span of 7 months or so and it's just the beginning. Also a lot of the issues people are complaining about seem to be easily fixable. And maybe we'll see some of the rough edges smoothed out in point updates. I do think the current team under Cook will be more responsive to feedback than Jobs and Forstall were.

One of my favorite things about iOS 7 is iTunes Radio. I used it for a couple hours last night and the song choices were great and I never had one repeat. On par with my Pandora experience and much better than the radio feature within Spotify. I can only imagine how good it will be once I've been using it longer and it's become acclimated to my tastes.

 

I like it a lot too although I hated it at first and only really started to like it after an hour or two of messing around with it.  I'm sure I will like it even more tomorrow. 

 

There are lots of little things about it that I don't like though, mostly areas where they took something away or completely f*cked it up just because of the dogma of iOS 7 design rules.  

 

For instance to make calculator look okay and the buttons bigger and clearer, they took away the memory buttons (I use them all the time!).  And the timer (which I use at least a few times a week), is an ugly POS now (for no reason other than the previous "wheel" control is now verbotten).  It's also a bit silly that because "all picture icons must be circular" I can't see half of my friends and relatives faces properly.  I spent a long time adding pictures to my Contacts over the years, and now they are all clipped into that silly circle ... because: dogma.  

 

There are also lots of outstanding bugs and missing features from iOS 6 that still haven't' been fixed in iOS 7, like the inability to add world clocks for towns and cities and the fact that none of the "favourites" or "wish lists" in the various devices and services they sell and provide can talk to each other.  Presumably they were spending too much time worrying about the icons to actually fix the larger problems.  

 

Also, iTunes Radio is great (I hear) but not available outside of the USA.  That would be fine, except they removed the "regular" Internet Radio functionality from iTunes, which I used to listen to all the time.  So now not only don't I have their proprietary replacement for Internet Radio, I don't have Internet Radio at all in iTunes.  

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