iOS: Stealing Back Stolen Market Share

Monday, January 2, 2012
By Don Williams

Fandroids, and other Apple haters, love to tell everyone iOS, iPhone and Apple itself are doomed, and that the future will look much like that of the past when Microsoft came along and stole the Mac’s fire, relegating it to a dismal second place finish.

However, when it comes to Apple, the popular columnist, John C. Dvork wrote:

“I wouldn’t be betting against Apple anytime soon.”

For one thing, statistics seem to back him up, as AppleInsider reported:

“Apple closed out 2011 with a commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile devices tracked browsing the Web, While Google’s Android had just 16.2 percent.

As you can see in MacObserver’s chart, below and to the right, well Android and others didn’t seem to do all that well in comparison with that of the iPhone at least for the month of December at AT&T’s retail corporate stores.

iPhone vs Android sales ATT 2011

As MacObserver noted:

“Apple’s iPhone outsold Android devices 7.8:1 at AT&T’s corporate retail stores in December. A source inside the company told The Mac Observer that those stores moved some 981,000 iPhones between December 1st and December 27th, and that the Apple device accounted for some 66% of all device sales in the period. Android devices, on the other hand, accounted for just 8.5% of sales in the same period.”

MacObserver noted:

“Apple’s iPhone outsold Android devices 7.8:1 at AT&T’s corporate retail stores in December. A source inside the company told The Mac Observer that those stores moved some 981,000 iPhones between December 1st and December 27th, and that the Apple device accounted for some 66% of all device sales in the period. Android devices, on the other hand, accounted for just 8.5% of sales in the same period.”

Net Applications, for exampled, showed that more than half of all mobile devices seen online in December where from iOS! In second place was Java ME with 21.3 percent, and with Android coming in behind at third place.

Mind you, that is down somewhat from its 61.5 % in October, but it’s also up from the 46.6% from February of 2011, and if recent reports that iOS may have actually topped Android’s activations over the Christmas holidays by as much as 1.6 million units is true, then it is beginning to look like iOS is now finally beginning to steal back some of the market share that was stolen by Google’s highly copy-cat Android platform.

Of course, these statistics are just from partial areas, such as AT&T’s corporate retail outlets, and, of course, from the holidays, but they do tend to show a trend that is in favor of the iPhone and iOS devices in general. On the back of strong iPhone 4S sales, for instance, iOS app sales have gone up a whopping 83 percent!

I’m not sure how Frandroids and other Apple haters will view these latest facts and figures, except to say that most likely they’ll simply ignore them, preferring instead to twist them around, but facts are facts, and the fact is that, just as Mr. Dvork said, no one should be counting Apple out of the picture quite just yet!

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