Apple’s control of the app economy stronger than you know

“Apple has released its latest statistics showing iOS 7 adoption, and the results show that a staggering 74% of iDevices are now running Apple’s latest mobile operating system compared to just 1.1% for Android’s latest operating system, KitKat,” Chris Ciaccia reports for TheStreet.

“That lack of fragmenting by Apple shows that iOS is far and away better for developers who only have to build one application programming interface (API) to reach a significant portion of Apple’s users whereas they need to build multiple API’s to reach a far majority of Android users,” Ciaccia reports. “That’s the reason so many dedicated apps for both the iPhone and the iPad contain over 450,000 apps built for the iPad alone. The far majority of apps for Android are one app for all devices and then stretched for the tablet experience.”

Market (unit) share “does not matter to Apple, which has continued to focus on how often users use their devices. Judging by the iOS 7 adoption rate, it’s clear that Apple users continue to enjoy using their products, and want the latest and greatest,” Ciaccia reports. “All while giving developers a pretty penny or two.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Rico, you are sounding kinda like android troll. Sorry if thats not actually the case. Your dis on the article seems typical of what tech pundits, apple haters and WSanalcysts would spew.

    This article has insight (OK, insight to the masses, not to Apple observers and most people here) so deep and thoughtful that most would blow it off. It sums up the entire Apple philosophy/ DNA. Units sales/ market share doesn’t matter. Happy customers matter. Happy developers matter.

    With happy customers the cubic metric boatloads of PROFITS will come. One more time, Market share and the race to the bottom in quality and price DO NOT MATTER.

    Apple has their priorities right. Put the customer (Who pays the money) first. Play the long game Don’t worry about short term money grubbing asshats who care nothing about your company or its customers. Yep looking at you seniorita Icahn

  2. I’d give this guy more credibility if he knew the proper use of the terminology. Developers don’t “build” an API that they use in their software, they “implement” an API. Yes, they may build their own APIs, but that’s not what the article is talking about. His main point still stands, though. The sheer investment into developing for the fragmented Android market, combined weight he much lower ROI on a per-user basis, just makes it pointless compared to the same on iOS.

    I find it so interesting that Apple seems to the grownups in the industry and their competitors act like children. Just look at the executive of Microsoft, Google, Blackberry (RIM) for a few examples. Never have you seem an Apple executive dancing like a clown, cutting an interview short with a sweaty desperation, or knocking down the competition with unproven “facts” just to maintain your position. It just goes to show you that Apple has class, a clear vision, and the self-disclipine to see their goals becomes a reality.

    1. They don’t implement an API either, you’re wrong there. The implementor of the API is the one who writes the code BEHIND the API.

      The original article should have said something more along the lines of “developers have to adhere to multiple APIs, for different versions of Android, to have an app that can run on multiple versions of Android”. Even that’s not exactly accurate, presuming there’s binary compatibility between different versions of Android.

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