Global iPhone user base: iPhone 5s at 3.8%, iPhone 5c at 1.7%

“With Apple’s Q3 earnings being announced later today, we wanted to take stock of the current state of iPhone 5s and 5c adoption – See more at:,” Bernd Leger reports for Localytics.

“Much has been written about the head-to-head battle of the iPhone 5s and 5c including our own research from last week that showed that the iPhone 5c is starting to close the gap on its higher-end sibling,” Leger reports. “Today, the iPhone 5s and 5c now represent 3.8% and 1.7% of all active iPhones globally seen by Localytics. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 remains the most popular iPhone with a nearly 40% share.”

“Japan has the highest concentration of active iPhone 5s and 5c relative to other iPhone models, representing nearly 10% of all active iPhones in that country followed by the U.S. with 6.4% (vs. a global average of 5.5%),” Leger reports. “The Germans are the biggest fans of the high-end iPhone model, with the 5s holding almost a 9 to 1 edge over the 5c. Of the top 8 countries with the most new iPhones, the U.S. is actually the most iPhone 5c-friendly.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    1. Dude, you say this same phrase at least once a week. You constantly bash my foul mouth but your inability to come up with one original thought is dumbfounding.

  1. Just goes to show you how many people didn’t upgrade!

    This is the first upgrade I’m going to miss. Can’t see paying over $600 out of contract for basically the same phone… oh, I’m sorry, this one has a fingerprint sensor that I will never use, a speed difference that I’ll hardly notice, it will give me 64-bit marketing bragging rights, and it will come in gold.

    I’ll pass.

    I am pondering the iPad Air, however, to replace my heavy iPad 3. Still, I’m wondering if I should wait on the iPad Pro.

    I want it to run OSX and have a 12 or 13 inch screen.

    1. This is a much more significant upgrade than the 4 to 4s was.

      Also, considering “Of the top 8 countries with the most new iPhones, the U.S. is actually the most iPhone 5c-friendly”, this is probably because the US is the only major market with carrier subsidy model. You can get a 5c almost for free, so why not get the cheaper phone and upgrade again in a year. However, if you have to pay for the phone and are spending $500-600 already, why not pay another $100 and have a phone where you can easily skip the next upgrade.

    2. Perhaps for $600 your comments make sense. It is up to you, after all, to turn on Touch ID or not. Personally, I find it unobtrusive and something that just works. The speed difference is actually noticeable today and will only improve as more apps ship updated and therefore recompiled into 64-bit binaries.

      For a lot of people, though, they continue to pay their subsidy fee long after the phone has actually been paid for; so upgrading to the latest and greatest makes financial sense even if they didn’t see a performance difference or use the Touch ID feature.

    3. NO! Do not let iOS come anywhere near a productive machine.

      if you want an ARM-based 15″ iOS tablet, fine. a 15″ iPad would be able to display a typical A4 sized sheet of paper at ~100% scale, which might be very handy for enterprise (as if Apple actually cared about the enterprise).

      But don’t dare screw up OS X the way MS did making Windows 8 “friendly” for touch screens. All OS X devices should forever be designed for use with keyboards and remote input devices. That’s how the OS was originally designed, don’t corrupt it now.

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