Strong demand of Apple’s iPhone 5 series driving an ‘anti-fragmentation’ of iOS

“Just three weeks after Apple launched the new iPhone 5c and 5s, total iPhone Web traffic share attributed to iPhone 5 or newer models is up more than four percentage points to 40.6 percent, highlighting a rapid transition to modern hardware that’s the exact opposite of the fragmentation occurring on Android,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Data from Web ad network Chitika tracking the source of mobile web requests in North America indicates what the company called a ‘remarkable achievement’ and represents a ‘significant impact on the iPhone ecosystem,’ with ‘obvious implications for mobile application and Web developers in terms of compatibility and functionality issues, but also for the technology industry as a whole,'” Dilger reports. “In stark contrast, Android’s growth, primarily through its leading licensee Samsung, was won through shipments of large volumes of low end, budget-priced devices equipped with old versions of Google’s OS. Sales of higher end, iPhone-class smartphones, such as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, have fallen significantly below expectations.”

Dilger reports, “That’s perpetuating fragmentation on the Android platform, most obviously in software. Developers have little incentive to take advantage of new features and must write for the lowest common denominator to reach a wide installed base of users, as even relatively new phones often ship with an old OS and rarely get software upgrades… Most apps are aimed at running on Android 2.x devices, from the paleolithic era of Apple’s iOS 3.0.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This is hardly surprising. Everybody knows the Hee Haw demographic ain’t too quick on the uptake.

24 Comments

    1. Hmm. That good, eh? Maybe I should consider upgrading my 4s too…but I’m not too sure about the larger 4 inch display…I’m so used to being able to reach everything one-handed on my 3.5 inch screen…but I don’t suppose Apple will ever regress. Which means the iPhone in my hand right now is the Last of the Mohicans…

      1. Unless you have extraordinarily small hands, it wont’ be so much bigger that it presents any significant problems. It’s a bit more stretching occasionally, but other than that it’s not an issue.

        On the other hand (excuse the pun), the larger screen is so much better for watching videos and playing games in landscape mode. Try it at the store first to be sure, but I’m certain you wouldn’t regret the upgrade. My wife’s 4s seems so outdated now even compared to my 5.

  1. I just want to know what’s wrong with today’s “journalists”. Apple’s iPhone 5 series is not in possession of any demand, therefore, it makes no sense to say “Strong demand of iPhone 5 series…”. Instead, it should say “Strong demand for iPhone 5 series…”. Losers, one and all.

  2. They’re just figuring this out now. Plus the fact you can’t even upgrade the OS on these devices? Worthless in my book. Though Mucrosoft has a unified phone ecosystem, but it’s not really helping, since their not fragmented.

    I guess Apple just does everything right: Good design, upgradable, proven systems like iCloud, iTunes, photography, etc.

    Then you got Bozo’s like Donald Trump who thinks all Apple has to do is make a bigger phone. The level of cluelessness out there, amazes me.

  3. It isn’t too complicated: I got good service from my 3G and 4s so spending $300 on a new 5s is well worth it to me. My niece now has my still perfectly fine 4s and enjoys it. My 3G is a great iPod that is always in the car.

    It isn’t very hard: on a two year upgrade cycle $336 including tax and fees is $14/month. That isn’t much for a first class phone. Also my unlimited plan is about $95 per month. That is a significant sum but worth if to me because I can do what I want without worrying about overcharges. Others may not be able to afford $119/month so be it, look for a different solution.

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