Correct me if I'm wrong and please forgive my ignorance before boooooing me away.
So, in the US, where price isn't a factor (flagships cost more or less the same with a contract), the country where all of Apple's services are targeted, the country with more than 300 Apple Stores, the country that has the iPhone since 07, Android is ahead. Most people specifically chose Android. Why?
While the iPhone isn't outsold by any specific model (Say s5), the best sellers are close to the amount of iPhones being sold (as the carrier charts confirm. Usually the iPhone is first and number 2 is the current galaxy) and the rest are lower end devices, and you guys can't figure it out? Samsung is also growing faster than Apple. This is all US.
Now imagine how pathetic the situation is around the world, in places where Apple is far from having 10% Marketshare. While the iPhone business is extremely healthy (that's not what I'm arguing), it could be so much better if Apple was less arrogant about their decisions, if they didn't had the unconditional support of the usual suspects (the kind of support that sooner or later can bring companies down) and were more flexible about choice within the Apple ecosystem.
It's fairly easy. There's a huge pie out there, with the same size or bigger than the current iPhone pie, a pie of potential Apple costumers, costumers of incredible value for the platform. Those costumers prefer big screens (not 6" or anything close to that, but as sales point with the best sellers, close to 5". Very small devices actually. I myself would prefer something the size of the note 3), prefer setting their favorite apps as default, and that's basically it. There's nothing else that Android offers.
I'm not ignorant or retard, I know that Apple is full aware of the this and is thinking about the Pros and Cons of such things long before I even knew what an iPhone was. The screen size difference wasn't an option because of quality of the screens and how the software was designed for iOS (the quality is a non-issue anymore and devs are still updating the software to iOS 7 and vector graphics. Right? Can someone confirm this?) and Apple wants to provide a cohesive, uniform, constant experience (that's why why can't set something as default, right?).
It's all understandable, but the platform is now huge and stronger than ever. The stability is there. I believe that this is going to be a great year for Apple, they are very close to nullify Android's "advantages" to a huge majority of premium Android users. That has the potential to crack the platform.
Sadly for me, it doesn't make sense for Apple to chase lower price points.