Do Android Or Windows Phone Have Any Hope Of Defeating iPhone?

Brian S Hall / October 8th, 2013

No.

Neither Android nor Windows Phone, apart or in concert, have any hope of defeating iPhone. None. For the foreseeable future, iPhone will remain the world’s most popular, most profitable smartphone by a wide margin. The best apps, the first apps, the most popular accessories, the lion’s share of the industry’s profits all will belong to iPhone.

Indeed, I think the gap in profits and mindshare will only widen from this point forward. The iPhone is simply too good, Apple too rich, iPhone hardware too advanced, the iOS ecosystem too robust, integration across devices and platforms too seamless, retail footprint too large, customer satisfaction too high.

Mobile First

iPhone’s dominance is also partly the result of the right strategic bets. Apple has successfully re-positioned itself as a mobile first entity. Android and Windows Phone not only lag behind iPhone from a financial, technical and platform perspective, their masters — Google and Microsoft — still underestimate just how profoundly mobile will remake computing, work, play, commerce, interactions, our lives. Their smartphones suffer accordingly.

Google, which makes nearly all its money from (stationary) web advertising, continues to focus its efforts on getting more users on the web more of the time. Wise, but not enough. As I have previously shown, the person-to-web relationship is no longer central to the connected user. With smartphones, apps and services such as AirDrop and iBeacons, for example, we will witness a radical jump in person-to-person, person-to-group and device-to-device interactions that bypass the web entirely, never once to cross a Google server or gateway.

Likewise, Microsoft is still designed for a world where the “desktop” is at the center of an ever-expanding sphere of computing devices and services. This is fail. As Ben Bajarin has shown, it is smartphones, not PCs that will serve as the hub of our mobile, social and highly connected lives.

Apple’s iPhone is simply too far ahead of the competition everywhere that matters.

But, there remain opportunities — very big ones, in fact.

As I have written in the past, do not be misled by those who insist that Apple can magically go down-market whenever they wish. This is false. Apple’s skill set, cost structure, corporate expertise and branding all prevent this. Thus, Windows Phone and Android vendors can fight it out over the low-price, low-profit market.

There are several additional paths to take. These can all benefit from non-Apple innovation.

Form Factor

Apple now controls the most robust developer platform for personal computing. No one on the planet foresaw this happening, not even Steve Jobs who initially radically underestimated both the disruptive power of the app and the near-limitless potential of the iPhone.

Therein lies the opportunity.

Apple is now beholden to its developer community. The iPad and then the iPad Mini, the iPhone and then the iPhone 5, all have very specific display sizes in large part because these work best for the nearly million apps available. You may pine for an iPhone “Note” but the fact is Apple cannot offer us a wide array of display sizes because this would harm the performance and presentation of existing apps.

Android and Windows Phone should therefore radically expand their efforts and develop devices that embrace all manner of display size and form factors (e.g. these massive Microsoft ‘tablets’). The upcoming “bendable” LG smartphone and the extremely popular large-display Samsung devices reveal the potential of this market.

Similarly, iOS cannot well support physical keyboards. Mobile devices with physical keyboards — including, yes, the Surface — will remain in high demand for years to come.

The Integration of Things

The shockingly rapid transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7 only hints at the potential power of Apple’s platform. With hundreds of millions already on iOS 7, app developers, payments platforms, makers of accessories and hardware companies all know that building for iOS, unlike all other platforms, is a near guarantee that their service or device will function properly and have access to the most lucrative market.

There is another path, however, one which Apple may simply be unable to support: everything else in our lives.

I want my smartphone to serve as my identity, my credit card, my house key, car key, to manage my heating and cooling, monitor my home when I am not there, control my washer and dryer, serve as my television remote, connect with my medical devices (e.g. blood pressure monitor), track my dogs, offer me instant access to the subway and thousands of other activities.

Given the obvious limits on Apple’s marketshare and hardware development, Android and Windows Phone need to position themselves as the go-to platform for the Internet of Things. Apple and its hardware partners cannot be everywhere.

Government Intervention

Smartphones connect us with content, with the web, with one another, and with an ever-expanding array of devices and services. They are the center of our lives. Not the PC, as Microsoft envisioned. Not the web, as Google still believes. The smartphone is the last thing we see at night, the first thing we see in the morning. The odds of some new tech marginalizing smartphones any time over the next decade, say, are extremely remote.

A far more likely pitfall for Apple’s iPhone is government intervention.

No matter your political bent, the long history of government from at least the beginnings of recorded history clearly reveal that wherever there is a great deal of money, government will be there.

Apple has a great deal of money.

Expect new rules on how this money is taxed, how it may be spent, and a bevy of new and potentially inexplicable regulations on what Apple must do to satisfy each nation’s (or region’s) many and varied constituencies. Also expect nations to directly and indirectly limit Apple’s sales in favor of national entities.

How such intervention might impact Apple and iPhone is simply unknowable at this point. I nonetheless expect ongoing and potentially significant government intrusion upon Apple’s business, at least from China and the European Union, possibly even the US.

I suspect that government intrusion, more than the marketplace, more than any new technologies, more even than industry collusion, will impact Apple’s and iPhone’s continued success the most over this next decade.

Brian S Hall

Brian S Hall writes about mobile devices, crowdsourced entertainment, and the integration of cars and computers. His work has been published with Macworld, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, ReadWrite and numerous others. Multiple columns have been cited as "must reads" by AllThingsD and Re/Code and he has been blacklisted by some of the top editors in the industry. Brian has been a guest on several radio programs and podcasts.
  • Les_S

    What happens if Apple blows all of this up (in a quintessentially Apple way) while everyone (industry and gov) continues teeing up for an iPhone brawl. How does that reset things? Say a wearable device that is good-enough to replace the iPhone? Competitors have to shift again. But do governments use products as the lightning rod or the company?

    • I don’t see anything from Apple or anyone else replacing the smartphone for at least this decade.

      • Space Gorilla

        Yes, it’s much more likely that the iPhone becomes a computing engine that drives a number of accessory devices. Just as the iMac was the hub for our digital life, the iPhone will be the hub for our mobile life. (you can steal that if you like Brian)

  • Anders CT

    Better support for resolution- and aspect-ratio independent apps and advanced keyboard-support is part of iOS7. So, we will probably see iOS devices with hardware-keyboards and different resolutions in the not so distant future.

    As for Android defeating the iPhone, I dont see it happening, and I really don’t even know what it means. The iPhone is certainly not going away anytime soon. It is a phenomenal product with immense customer loyalty.

    But Android is also doing really well in a number of ways. And while there are many reasons for that, one important reason is that Android in fact is really good. In some ways, it could be argued, even better than iOS.

    • Secular_Investor

      Yes, the author is wrong about a larger screen iPhone causing fragmentation problems for developers. Its a very minor matter adjusting screen resolutions.

      • Anders CT

        It is certainly no minor matter. The way iOS pre iOS7 handled resolution was primitive even compared to Windows Vista. That has caused a lot of problems, but iOS7 is a very good step in fixing those issues. But is is no minor matter.

  • I agree with the far majority of this, but I’m a bit confused why Android increasing fragmentation would be a good thing. I mean, this is what paralyzes devs and makes it less likely far smaller organizations to develop for Android.

  • Mark Jones

    If iPhone US market share goes much above 50% or if Apple loses its e-book appeal at the Supreme Court, I’d agree that we’ll see even more US government intervention, especially as Apple creates more Apple-built iOS-only ecosystem services.

    For Apple to succeed with the government and with consumers, it’s imperative third-parties continue to provide their services on iOS. Even as Apple differentiates with its own services, it needs to allow its users the option of using non-Apple services. Most of Apple’s major “competitors” (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter) have business models that lead them to put their services on iOS; certainly, Apple’s cultivation of a more affluent iOS user base provides added incentive). The result is that the best opportunities for other platforms/devices to differentiate and compete are eliminated. (Microsoft has yet to clearly made known what business model “devices and services” will follow for its services – witness the availability of Bing but denial of Office on iOS.)

    As for the Integration of things, Apple doesn’t have to build many of those things. Rather, it needs to incentivize more “things” businesses to use iOS, as it has incentivized software/services businesses. iBeacons, Passbook, TouchID, iCloud keychain, the M7, etc seem like a good start.

    • Chaka10

      Consider, Google has a dominant position in its search driven ad business. It reports its revenues broken down by whether it’s sourced from “Google properties” or “Google Network” (or “Google partner”). Guess which is more profitable for Google. Yep, the former (doesn’t have to share with partners). Guess which has been consistently growing faster. Yep, the former. I think this is the same, not so complicated reason (money) why it pursued Android at the risk of alienating Apple — its partner for a significant portion of Google’s mobile users (likely largest, just from 3rd party usage stats, but we don’t know since Google doesn’t disclose how much of its mobile revenues are from iOS). Simply (and I believe myopically), Google likely pays less “traffic acquisition costs” for mobile traffic from Android than from iOS devices. This is aka competing with your partners, I guess a la Samsung — perhaps they deserve each other.

      • Secular_Investor

        “Google likely pays less “traffic acquisition costs” for mobile traffic from Android than from iOS devices.”

        In their testimony to Congress Google admitted that more than 70% of its mobile advertising revenue came from Apple’s iOS devices.

        Reports indicate that analysis of Google’s accounts shows that Apple earns more from Google’s payments to Apple for TAC (Traffic Acquisition Costs) than Google itself earns.

  • Shiva Jones

    There is another path, however, one which Apple may simply be unable to support: everything else in our lives. I want my smartphone to serve as my identity, my credit card, my house key, car key, to manage my heating and cooling, monitor my home when I am not there, control my washer and dryer, serve as my television remote, connect with my medical devices (e.g. blood pressure monitor), track my dogs, offer me instant access to the subway and thousands of other activities. –

    I see Apple able to support these other areas of our life much more efficiently and easily than anyone else. Already some of these you mention are able to be managed by iOS and it’s just beginning… and with the robustness and efficiency of the hardware & software of Apple products & the ease & support for developers… the upcoming possibilities are endless…

    • Perhaps. Apple has limits on its hardware, limits on what apps it can accept, limits on what devices it can license and are regularly at odds with “standards” bodies. Big world out there and I don’t think Apple can satisfy even 50% of it.

    • chano1

      ,,, in short, you want your phone to become you, to subsume you.
      Or perhaps, to replace you.
      Silly.

  • ThierryL

    Great article Brian! I disagree on one thing; no one saw it coming. I think this was foreseeable since Darwin. Darwin got the ball rolling. PPC was the problem, and they fixed it. I don’t understand why other OEMs don’t do the same. They could do their own Linux distro at least. Anyway, I think the next big thing is going to be Homeware, and mobile is a part of that of course. When you build a house, you should be able to buy a Tech-pack, either from Apple or Dell or … This would cost around 25K, and would include server, in-wall screens, in-wall computers, in-wall TV, in-wall printer, invisible microphones all over the house so you can talk to the house like we talk to Siri. You would simply add it to you mortgage. This means big business for an OEM, imagine selling directly to a contractor building 25 units in a new development area. Or a big condominium complex. And the service-side business too. I hope I live long enough to see this. Apple beat everybody to mobile you’re right, but only because they solved their platform issue. If Homeware is the next big thing, then others have to have their platform and mobile solutions too, before climbing up the ladder. And they don’t have that now, so again in that vision, Apple is best positioned for the future, if that is it.

  • surur

    I dont understand this article. Surely the iPhone has been defeated already, if we look at its ever dropping market share.

    This article reminds me of people explaining why computers will never be as intelligent as humans – constantly moving the goal posts.

    iPhone market share is clearly heading to the single digits by Q2 2014 (the world is bigger than US), the OS is being pushed into 3rd place in an increasing number of markets, carriers are becoming increasingly reluctant to pay to subsidize the handsets, as time goes on software availability will equalize to other plaforms for most services, share holders will demand Apple return money to investors (as Icann is doing now) and Apple will basically end up back where they were in the early 90s.

    • The iPhone has singularly made Apple the richest (tech) company in the world, far surpassing the value of Microsoft and Google. Give me that “defeat” any day.

      • surur

        Yes, thats the past. Britain was also an empire. Does not mean America did not defeat them. Past performance does not predict future results.

        • IpittyTheFool

          Stop confusing the apple religious fanatics. Facts means nothing to them. They believe!

    • Space Gorilla

      You are misunderstanding the market share of iOS. In the segment that Apple targets, iOS is dominant. It’s also important to note that Apple isn’t in the smartphone business, they’re in the handheld computer business. Comparing all phones to the iPhone is pointless, it doesn’t really tell us anything. It’s just a cute stat so some people can say Android is winning.

      • wytworm

        Agreed. The iHandheldComputer is supreme. Where can I buy one?

        • Space Gorilla

          Ah, how witty.

          • wytworm

            As witty as Apple posting on their website advertising the iPhone as ‘the best smartphone on the market’. Those cagy bastards! They fooled everyone! Well, everyone but you.

          • Space Gorilla

            Apple isn’t really fooling normal people. If we look at usage data we see that normal people are using the iPhone to do many computing tasks, things they formerly needed a PC to do. It is analysts that are making the mistake of viewing the iPhone through the smartphone lens. As Brian often says “the smartphone is the computer”. I would say the screen is the computer, because it seems obvious that computing is converging.

          • wytworm

            ergo, the iPhone is a smart phone.

          • Space Gorilla

            Nope.

          • wytworm

            Yup

    • Space Gorilla

      Heh, stumbled across this comment thread, it’s now Feb of 2015. How’s that iPhone doom working out for you? Not so well? Hmm, who could have predicted that, oh that’s right, me 🙂

  • Anon

    Odd that Samsung is ignored by the article. How 2008 it all seems …

    • Secular_Investor

      Oh you mean that Samsung brand which tries to make cheap copies of Apple’s products?

      That company which cheats on bench mark tests because they cannot beat Apple fair and square?

      That samsung who won’t say how many Galaxies they really sell but who feed wildly exaggerated “shipping” claims to their PR company, otherwise known as Strategy Analytics with offices in their paymaster Samsung’s office building in Seoul?

      That company whose own evidence in Court last summer showed their actual sales of tablets in the US was one tenth of what they and Strategy Analytics previously claimed?

      That company who has the largest advertising, marketing and promotions budget which they use to pay celebrities, bloggers and shills to denigrate Apple and other rivals?

      You mean the Samsung brand with this dubious record as published in Fortune:

      “July 7, 2004: Jury advised of adverse interference when Samsung allowed emails to be automatically deleted even after it was told to retain relevant emails. After Samsung’s appeal, Judge William Martini found “Samsung’s actions go far beyond mere negligence, demonstrating knowing and intentional conduct.”

      October 17, 2005: The U.S. Department of Justice fined Samsung nearly $300M for memory price fixing within the U.S.

      Feb. 7, 2007: U.S. government fined Samsung for $90M for memory chip price fixing for violations in 2006.

      Jan.15, 2008: Samsung’s offices in Korea were raided after evidence showed that a slush fund was used to bribe government officials and other business leaders.

      July 16 2008, Samsung chairman, Lee Kun-He was found guilty in Seoul of financial wrongdoing and tax evasion. Despite prosecutor request of seven years in prison, sentence was reduced to three years followed by a pardon by the South Korean Government in 2009 to allow him to help with its successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and this ‘pardoned criminal’ returned as Samsung’s Chairman in March 2010.

      May 19, 2010: The EU Commission fined Samsung for being part of a cartel that shared confidential information and fixed memory chip prices (along with eight other firms).

      Nov. 1, 2011: The Korean Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for being part of a cartel that fixed prices and reduced output for TFT-LCD screens between 2001 and 2006.

      March 15, 2012: The Korean Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for a mobile phone price fixing scheme and consumer fraud whereby consumers would be paying more than what the discounted prices advertised.

      July 25, 2012: Magistrate Grewal informs the jury that they could take into account that “spoliation” of evidence occurred when Samsung destroyed evidence that could have been used in the Apple lawsuit; Samsung had a policy of automatically deleting emails that were two weeks old and should have suspended that policy between August 2010 (when Apple informed Samsung of patent infringement) and April 2011 (when Apple initiated the lawsuit).

      August 24, 2012 a jury returned a verdict finding Samsung had willfully infringed on Apple’s design and utility patents and had also diluted Apple’s trade dresses related to the iPhone. But Samsung continues to fight the ruling, and continues in their copying behavior.

      Dec 2012: EU issued a Statement of Objections (SO) against Samsung for abusing its Standard-Essential Patents in not providing FRAND rates. Samsung withdrew all SEP-based injunction requests against Apple in Europe days before the SO was issued, but to no avail.

      April. 2013, Samsung is accused of and admits hiring people in several countries to falsify reports of HTC phones “constantly crashing” and posting fake benchmark reviews.

      October 2013 Samsung in confirmed reports from independent and objective testing, found to be intentionally falsifying performance benchmarks of its flagship products: the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.”

      • wytworm

        When did Samsung products become cheap? Can I get some of the money i spent back? I am poorer than my Apple friends!

        • Secular_Investor

          LOL

          You right, Cheap is usually more expensive in the long run.

          Just look at how much more you get for trade-in Apple stuff compared to Samesung’s.

          You also normally get more subsidies for iPhones and than Samesings.

          • wytworm

            My point is the S4 cost 199 with iphone 199, the Galaxy note cost 550 to the ipad’s 499. Not really a fair comparison as you get so much more with the Note and Samsung expects a premium price for the better resolution, system resources, multitasking and lightness. Where is the cheap you are seeing? I am afraid the edge on charging more goes to Samsung. Subsidies seem not to matter or at least they seem to result in the same price at the phone level.

            I will look at the trade-in data. Post your source?

  • WP7Mango

    “Do Android Or Windows Phone Have Any Hope Of Defeating iPhone?

    No.”

    Hmm, that sounds awfully similar to something Steve Balmer said about the iPhone. Guess what happened.

    History always repeats itself. Only a fool will believe that any tech company will stay at the top forever.

    • Secular_Investor

      Forever is an infinitely long time.

      However, for the foreseeable future the iPhone is technically far, far ahead of any rivals and ith will take them years to catch up, if ever.

      Additionally, Apple is the world’s No. brand, has received the highest ratings from JD Power for 9 consecutive years, and its products achieve the highest user satisfaction and retention rates, the strongest brand loyally and the most personal recommendations from family, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues, which JD Power research research shows is by far the most powerful and effective marketing tool, far out weighing many billions of dollars spent by their competitors on advertising, marketing, promotions, commissions to sales people and payments to journalists, bloggers and shills to denigrate Apple.

      History does indeed repeat itself. There are growing numbers every year of millions of foolish consumers around the world who love their Apple products, who form lines everywhere to be first to buy their latest devices and who make the iPods, iPhone and iPads the worlds best sellers.

      To knock Apple off their pedestal competitors will have to offer better products, which appeal more to consumers and give them greater satisfaction that Apples – no sign whatever of that.’

  • Zarniw0Op

    Um, hello, wake up and smell the coffee. Android has already long ago consigned the iPhone to a very very distant second place and Windows Phone is rapidly catching up in many places outside the USA, especially in Europe. As for the iPhone hardware being to advanced, the only thing I can say is ROFL. Sure that have a new gimmicky 64 bit cpu but without 4Gb of RAM or more this almost no benefit and is in fact nothing more than a sales gimmick so the technically illiterate great unwashed can boast of having a 64 bit cpu. the iPhone’s camera in comparison to Nokia’s are mediocre and pedestrian at best and the latest hardware coming out of Samsung, LG and HTC far dwarf the iPhones mediocre hardware. Sure the iPhone generates a huge profit because one thing still ring out load and clear “A fool and his money are easily parted”. No, the iPhone is no longer a winner, Apple soon forgot how to innovate after the 2007 revelation and introduction of the original iPhone. No, unless Apple do something really radical like introduce Wireless charging, NFC or something else, the slow decline of iPhone market share will continue. Now I’m sure all the iPhone fans will flame, smear and cover me with FUD but the facts speak for themselves, Android owns the Smartphone market, pure and simple. BTW, I do not have an android phone. You can find reference to this article in Ripley’s Believe it or not.

    • Something “really radical like NFC.” I’m still laughing over that one.

    • Space Gorilla

      Android does own the smartphone market. But iOS devices aren’t really competing in the smartphone market. That’s a basic flaw in most analysis when it comes to the iPhone.

      • wytworm

        Probably because they are named ‘iPHONE’s. (emphasis mine.) Does Apple know its not competing? Someone might send them an email to that effect so we can end articles such as this…

        • Space Gorilla

          Apple knows, you don’t have to worry about that. The device is named for the form factor, but consider that the new iPhone 5S is a very powerful computer, in your pocket. It boggles my mind that more people don’t understand this obvious truth.

          • wytworm

            Not in MY pocket…need a device that lets me get stuff done and knows its a smartphone…

          • Space Gorilla

            Great, use what works for you. But surely you understand that devices like the iPhone and iPad are taking over jobs-to-be-done that used to be handled by PCs. These are computers. Let us not get into the very silly fanboy myth that you can’t do real work on an iPhone or iPad, usage data shows very clearly that iOS devices are highly capable.

          • wytworm

            Device like the iphone and ipad, yes. The iphone and ipad? Not so much. We will see how ardently they continue their post-Jobs rush to the android smart phone/phablet/tablet feature set in the future. Might actually turn into a useful device.

          • Space Gorilla

            Heh, I’ll continue getting lots done with my iOS devices. Thanks for your concern.

          • wytworm

            It is my deepest hope that you and your ilk continue to try to compete in this way.

          • Space Gorilla

            Heh, I bought a crapload of Apple shares under $100. I’m doing fine. I use all Apple gear in my business as well (which I’ve owned/operated for almost 20 years now), and I win pretty much every contract I bid on. Again, doing fine. Thanks for your concern, it’s nice of you to worry about us poor deluded Apple folk.

          • wytworm

            I worry that you will stop being deluded resulting in me being poor. Until then you are right where I want you! 😉

          • Space Gorilla

            Ooooookay, I’ll stay right here, just for you. You don’t have to worry, I enjoy where I am (wealthy, successful, happy). I promise to keep using Apple gear, since as you’ve said, that’s the only reason you’re not poor. Personally I wouldn’t want my financial situation to be that precarious, but to each his own.

          • wytworm

            The Apple blinders are surprisingly stable. I wont pretend to understand why. Again, no OS X for you, you do all your work on computing devices on iOS yes? Or are you walking that back?

          • wytworm

            Does the apple website page for the iPhone reference it being the ‘best smartphone on the market’ as part of their elaborate campaign of misinformation meant to dupe their competitors?

    • chano1

      Ho hum.
      There are none so blind …..

    • Secular_Investor

      Wow! How incredibly ignorant you are ZarniwOOp….LOL

      You say “Android has already long ago consigned the iPhone to a very very distant second place and Windows Phone is rapidly catching up in many places outside the USA, especially in Europe.” According to Kantar survey of actual user buying decisions rather than the fantasy “shipping” estimates of Strategy Analytics, IDC etc., iPhones have GAINED market share over the past 12 months in the US, the EU5, Japan and Australia and Android have LOST market share in most of these wealthy markets, which are Google’s main target audience for their advertising.

      Where Android has gained market share is in poor developing countries like India and China. However, almost all these Android gains are useless to Google because they have been by cheap “white box” devices which used forked versions of Android, which prevent Google from data mining and placing adverts, which is the reason Google gives away Android for free.

      And these forked versions of Android cannot access Google Play, which means all those millions of Asian users cannot download or buy Android Apps from Google. Instead there are various other sites offering Android Apps where malware, viruses, scams and pirates are rampant. Any successful Android App is immediately copied and distributed by pirates, making it almost impossible for legitimate Android developers to make money.

      This comment by you just proves how amzingly technically illitrate YOU ARE: “Sure that have a new gimmicky and is in fact nothing more than a sales gimmick so the technically illiterate great unwashed can boast of having a 64 bit cpu.”

      You are just repeating the lies by Qualcomm’s marketing VP, who was shaken to discover that Apple had leapt a generation ahead, who said “”I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that.”

      Didn’t you realise that Qualcomm have been forced to retract the above statement? “The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate,” a Qualcomm spokesperson said in an email. “The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices.”

      As for your absurd statement about 64 bit processors that “without 4Gb of RAM or more this almost no benefit”, you are obviously so technically ignorant that you don’t realise that Apple’s 64 bit PCs ran with just 256 to 512 MB of RAM

      So where did this ridiculous 4 GB RAM myth come from? Oh yes from Microsoft’s poorly designed, cobbled together 64 bit version of Windows which needed 4 GB of RAM compared to the 256 to 512 MB of RAM of Apple’s PCs.

      So Apple forgot to innovate? What a joker you are…LOL

      The iPhone 5S is a generation ahead of any of its rivals with a combination of 4 features which none of their rivals can match: by far the fastest and most powerful processor and graphics 64 bit processor, the reliable and easy to use high security Touch ID; the power sipping 24/7 M7 motion sensor chip; and the advanced digital camera which is so advanced it needs the power of the 64 bit processor.

      It will take Android and Windows years to catch up with these specs. Meanwhile iPhones are increasing their lead as the world’s premier, best selling smartphone, with an amazing 9 million sales in the first 3 days alone Canaccord Genuity’s survey of the 4 leading US carriers found that in September BOTH the iPhone 5S AND the iPhone 5C, which were for sale for just 10 days, outsold the Galaxy S4, which was for sale for 30 days i.e. iPhones were selling at MORE THAN SIX TIMES THE DAILY RATE of the S4, which Samsung falsely claims to be the world’s best selling smartphone.

      Who cares whether you own an Android phone or not? Nobody sensible would believe anything you say when you spout such complete and utter rubbish.

  • chano1

    Do Androids dream ….?

  • Page

    LOL, this is some kind of joke article right? Android already owns the smartphone market, official figure releases show Apple in second. Do you even know how many more handsets Samsung sells compared to Apple? As for your other statement crikey where did you pull all this BS from? It’s not fact, far from in fact! I like Apple but crikey somebody needs to take the green tinted spectacles off. I love having a laugh thank you so much! Oh and one more thing if you had been writing about the iPad and the tablet market I would have agreed but your not and your so very wrong.

  • ENIYABALAN

    we have to admit the fluid and superfast windows os than the ios rather than commenting as the fan of ios and android. The photography takes it to this extent. If the ios is 6 years old and android is 5years old where windows os is jst 3 years old but the improvements of windows is taken to 3rd position.This shows that windows will become no. 1 before windows reaches age 7. Similarly if we take games the game quality is more standard to the iphones. There are more games available in xbox jst check it up b4 saying apps are lacking. Things changed. Now take nokia lumia 1520 this is massive being a phone cum tablet with the amazing features makes it to stand out of the crowd. This is what we need for a smart phone.But rather than going fa galaxy s4,note and iphone,v can get double damaka of phone and tablet for the similar price 😉

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