While I think AAPL investors (of which I am one) ignore these things at their peril, I don't see a lot here to get too wound up about, pro or con. I do think the iPhone 5S has had a good Christmas, and it's nice to see a (slight) usage share increase there. But this _is_ usage share, not marketshare or sales, so it seems to me that drawing big conclusions from this particular data view may be unwarranted.
Same on the tab side. I think there may have been a ton of el cheapo white box tabs sold as cheap Christmas gifts ("I got him a tablet!"), but the usage data shows that most of them may be going into drawers. This won't stop folks like IDC ("Windows mobile marketshare to #2 by 2015") from spinning numbers into Apple's impending doom...but going from 77 to 76%?
Apple sales have been increasing, are increasing, and will continue increasing.
Is that not enough?
I would say this is odd. Walmart targets customers who barely make their living between paychecks.
Not the kind of customers Apple targets. I would bet that average Costco member's income per household is much higher than Walmart.
I have an iPhone and wish like hell it for it to be the most popular device in the world so that access to platform-specific features will become ubiquitous, but I haven't yet become so desperate for affirmation of my choice that I find solace in something as meaningless as a report telling us that most of the smartphone web traffic comes from Apple devices. Big whoop. Its value as a usage data point is ZERO, people.
Talk use? SMS data? MMS data? FaceTime? Data used across more than one device or user? Those MIGHT suggest something, but all this report says is that Apple users haven't yet figured out that web surfing is really hard and frustrating with a tiny little screen!
jdunys wrote: »
I hate Android with a passion. I love Unix and Linux on the desktop and server and am an Open Source advocate.
But I hate Android.
By allowing telcos control of the hardware/software experience, Google did a very bad thing.
Of course, we understand why Google did it. Obviously not with the customer experience in mind. Not with a view of real innovation either. And certainly not for the sake of "openness".
I do hope Mozilla or Ubuntu phones get picked up by manufacturers who claim "openness" (do you hear Samsung/HTC/etc)?
And I hope Google gets to pay loads to Oracle for ripping up Sun/Oracle. And Apple. And Microsoft. All under the pretence of freedom, when their capitalistic aim was and still is to plunder everyone else's technology so that their advertising business model can rule.
Let 2014 be the year Google is brought down to earth so that they can really innovate again. Then we will all really benefit.
No, not really. Use share are the only numbers that matter.
Holiday Season is a special day for us. We give gifts and receive gifts from our loved ones. One best gift is iPhone or iPad. A recent study implies that $5.9 billion has perhaps been spent on iPhone repairs since the original was launched in 2007. The phones are incredibly stylish, but are known to be delicate and somewhat of a fussbudget, as well as expensive to repair. How often have you expected additional information on how to apply for a payday loan.
dasanman69 wrote: »
Except that you're wrong. That's not Google's fault, it's the fault of the manufacturers that have let the carriers get their way.
jdunys wrote: »
Are you serious? Google has absolutely no say in this? Is Motorola (Google owned) so different from the other Android manufacturers? I hope you are just naive...