“Apple increased its share of smartphone activations in the fourth quarter of 2017, following the release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to data shared with MacRumors by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“iPhones accounted for 39 percent of activations in the United States between October and December, up from 34 percent in the year-ago quarter, based on CIRP’s survey of 500 people who activated a new or used smartphone during that period,” . “Samsung was the runner-up with a 32 percent share of activations during the quarter, trailed by LG at 13 percent.”

iPhone X (5.8" display, left), iPhone 8 Plus (5.5" display, center), iPhone 8 (4.7" display, right)

iPhone X (5.8″ display, left), iPhone 8 Plus (5.5″ display, center), iPhone 8 (4.7″ display, right)

 
Rossignol reports, “CIRP co-founder Josh Lowitz: ‘Apple’s iOS increased its mobile operating system share in the US in the most recent quarter. While Android still leads, the launch of the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models, without similar new Android phones, allowed Apple to increase its share of activations in the quarter, relative last quarter and to the year-ago quarter.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Inexorably, the Android settlers awaken to the fact that carrying around a dog-slow iPhone knockoff from a South Korean dishwasher maker or similar is a violently failed IQ test.

With each passing year, and especially with iPhone X, it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. The Android to iPhone upgrade train just turned onto a long straightaway, engines stoked, primed to barrel away! — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017

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