With every Apple product launch comes rave reviews and complaints alike. Their latest software update was no different, spawning comments that the system was draining their battery rapidly, making the keyboard lag, and making the whole system freeze. Despite all the well-publicized complaints, Apple continues to see success.
On Wednesday, Apple’s new operation system, iOS 7, was released. In just 48 hours the new system was updated on 32% of Apple devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc.)
This number is nearly close to the over 30% of people who downloaded the iOS 6 update despite the Apple Maps fiasco.
The major difference between Apple and Android is that most Apple owners eventually download the latest update within a few months. A study showed that almost a third of Android users are still using the software version released in 2010.
They say that what comes up must go down, and it appears that Apple; raved about by consumers and techies alike, is losing market share.
In the second quarter of 2013, Apple’s market share declined to 13%. Pretty low for the “world’s most popular smartphone”.
Android’s market share jumped to 79.3% in the same quarter, up 10% from 2012. Microsoft’s Windows Phone saw a slight increase, with a 3.7% market share compared to 3.1% last year.
Despite changing their name and releasing a series of sleeker new smartphones, Blackberry continues to struggle with a 3% market share in 2013, down from 5% a year before. See chart below for more details:
Do you think this news about Android’s growing market share will propel Apple to create an even greater phone, or *gasp* a different kind of phone?!