So, looks like Android people are switching to iPhone


Out with the old, in with the cool

The latest CIRP Research data tries to put a pretty face on it, but the song remains the same: A substantial number of Android users are dumping that fragmented platform in favor of picking up an iPhone 7 series smartphone.

They know it’s the smart thing to do. And I don’t suppose Samsung has done anything much to change that opinion.

Now, I can’t say the CIRP survey is that representative — it is based on just 500 people, but here is what they claim:

“Among iPhone 7 and 7 Plus buyers, 17% upgraded from iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and 36% upgraded from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In contrast, among iPhone SE buyers, almost half (47%) upgraded from iPhone 5S/5C, and another 21% from older iPhone models. 9% of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus buyers upgraded from an Android phone, while 17-21% of other iPhone buyers came from Android.

The survey also found that even though they were only available for two weeks of the quarter, new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sales  accounted for 43% of total US iPhone sales in the quarter, with iPhone 7 at 31% and iPhone 7 Plus at 12%. What’s really interesting is that this suggests perhaps 10-12 percent of all iPhone sales in the just gone quarter (across all 13 weeks) will have been to former Android users. That’s a significant number of Android switchers, though it’s hard to estimate how many pending Apple’s fiscal call next week.

Of course, it begs the question: Is the Android halo fading?

I think so — it needs to. Google’s sham impersonation of openness was shown up for its hollow promise the day the Android developer decided to introduce features made exclusively available to its own devices. The company is just as controlling as any other corporation, and I think people are beginning to see.

Though it is nice to think that the Move to iOS app will be getting so much use this holiday season.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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