Apple’s iPhone owns Manhattan, Android dominates Newark, stunning map shows

“They say that a photo is worth a thousand words,” Jack Purcher writes for Patently Apple.

“The map illustrated in our cover graphic was created by Mapbox,” Purcher writes. “It clearly shows us just how hot the iPhone really is in the richest part of New York: Manhattan.”

“The iPhone is king in Manhattan in stark contrast to Newark, New Jersey where incomes are substantially less,” Purcher writes. “It’s an established fact that Apple’s iPhone is adopted by more in the higher-end of the market, but this classic map gives visual life to those stats.”

iPhone usage in Manhattan

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MacDailyNews Take: Android. The poor man’s iPhone.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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  1. NEWWARK —- iPhones don’t cost you more in the long run because you can re-sell them for way more than a plastic broken turd from the Android camp when you need to trade in! get smart and WAKE UP!

  2. Even more reasons that I am glad that I live in NYC. Us New Yorkers just have exceptional taste in…pretty much everything. I should feel sorry for those that live in America’s backwaters, because they might not have an Apple store handy, but then again, they probably watch Duck Dynasty, and are racists stuck in the 1800s.

    1. Um, here in Portland, OR (that’s in the western US, a place you wouldn’t know about) we have 3 Apple corporate stores, and a host of Apple resellers. Now if we could just get all the New York hipsters to move back where they came from life would be perfect.

      1. My visits to Portland, Oregon in 2004 and 2010 were delightful despite drizzle each time. I think that it is very like Berkeley, California but without the winos and panhandlers

        1. The winos and panhandlers of Portland resent not being noticed and think they are very bit as good as those in Berkley even thought they didn’t drop out of as good of schools as their counterparts.

          1. “City government has lately become fond of sponsoring homeless encampments with city funds.” My city has the same exact issues you place faces. The only difference is that my city took an abandoned 1930s era hotel, and turned it into a homeless shelter. Us sane people like to call it the “Soup Hotel”. I actually made fun of this concept in my comic series. Seems like local government is just as incompetent as federal government.

      2. I thought ALL the hipsters wanted to live in Williamsburg (Brooklyn-NYC). NYC is the center of the universe- just ask any New Yorker. Ask anyone from outside- not so much.

        I’d take Portland over Bloombergville any day of the week. I know the Mayor for life finally left, but his stamp will be on New York for a long time.

        1. There are 4 to 5 million left leaning liberals in Toronto ON Canada who know for a fact that

          TORONTO ONTARIO IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!

          The poor, misguided, stuck up bastards.

    2. How am I, in any way, a bigot? Certain people here ( I won’t name names, you know who you are) keep bashing me for growing up in the south Bronx, and insult my heritage like the racists they are. I actually experienced firsthand racism when me and my family visited some relatives who lived in rural Alabama. It’s like the Confederacy never ended there!

      1. Please let go of seeing the people as one race or another and lumping them together. Bigotry can stop if each of us stop looking for it and see each person for what they can be rather than what they are. We are all in this world together and nobody is getting out alive. Create the world you want.

    3. I regularly visit friends both in NYC and in Newark. I don’t know Apollonia Jackson personally, but I am all too familiar with his peculiar breed of insufferably stupid NYC elitist douchebags.

      These shitheads are too frightened to go to New Jersey, because they assume just across the Hudson River is Jim Crow era Mississippi or Dickensian wasteland or something like that. They’ll absentmindedly refer to this highly industrial urban area the “the county”. On a few occasions, I’ll see one of them transplanted in Newark – no doubt they got there by accidentally taking a wrong train – they are very easy to spot because they look so terrified and bewildered by everything in the strange foreign land they find themselves in.

      They know so little about nearly everything outside of NYC, yet the somehow believe they are smarter and better than literally everyone else on the planet – as if just being in the city of residency has somehow imbued them with special cultural knowledge that is far superior than anything else on the planet. And country bumpkins (read, everyone not living in NYC) will just never be able to understand how great they and their city are.

    4. “Us New Yorkers just have exceptional taste in…pretty much everything.”

      One certain exception — communicating with other people.

      A couple of questions:

      1. If life in New York is so astounding, how can you possibly have any time to come here to post this drivel?

      2. How old are you, that you find this amusing or worthwhile?

  3. Hey MDN! Your comment: “Android. The poor man’s iPhone.”

    Well, I’m not wealthy, and I have an iPhone and an iPhone and an Apple TV. It’s not about the money — it’s about priorities!!! (And about getting tired of replacing worthless junk that, in the end, wound up costing more than the high-quality Apple products!)

    1. I have cautioned MDN before regarding their callous remarks disparaging various groups of people. It just reinforces opponents’ assertions that Apple supporters are generally smug, elitist, and mindless, cult-like followers.

      When you are poor, even the $10 that someone else regularly spends on a cup of Starbucks coffee and a pastry is significant. Even though an Apple iPhone may be the better deal over the long run, it is not always possible for a poor person to take advantage of that fact because of the initial cost. And there are other reasons why people turn to Samsung or other Android devices – larger displays, lack of factual information, Apple hating, etc. Some of those reasons are reasonable and rational, others are not.

      MDN sometimes appears to be drinking its own Kool-Aid.

    1. It’s your imagination. Wall Street is in lower Manhattan, well south of the purple blob .

      The Blackberry blob is centered in midtown, more specifically Times Square and the theater district, so my guess would be either tourists (Canadians?). It could also be like another poster mentioned above, another group like attorneys, but I don’t know the area well enough to know exactly what kinds of business are concentrated there other than theaters and the trinket shops around Times Square.

        1. I mean to suggest that the purple locus indicates a secure enclave of Blackberry users — the super-rich ensconced within Trump Tower, their bodyguards and spotters located in its environs, and corporate eavesdroppers, government spooks, and paparazzi all employing BB devices; an interlocking ecosystem of high society intrigue. The pièce de résistance of my little playlet is the presence in Trump Tower of resident Bruce Willis, eager to reprise his role as John McClane in Die Hard, another situation involving a Tower.

  4. Remember what MDN showed us before? Who ever doubted that its not true? haha

    “Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users”

    “iPhone users have more sex than BlackBerry, Android sufferers”

  5. MDN’s take is condescending and disparaging as usual, regarding to players in the mobile space.

    You know who else owns Manhattan?

    McDonald’s, with their 80 franchises is creating an obese population of iPhone users where 1 in every 3 might exhibit early signs of diabetes.

    How’s that for condescension and kicking fat people?

        1. It’s called fighting back. Countless people here have said I sounded like a “Kentucky Fried Obama wannabe”, and I will not stand for it anymore! I’ve already dealt with my lot in life, and I shouldn’t have to deal with it on the internet.

          1. Hi Apollonia. I am on your side when it come to someone being picked on. How can I help make it better for you? I would like to help you in some way to see possibilities rather than just problems. I know what I am talking about because I have a tendency to look for problems but found that it didn’t bring anyone happiness.

            Think about the message that you cast when you post on this forum. No one here knows you except by what you post.

            1. Now that I think about it, I was pretty rude. Things just haven’t been going right lately. Some people here just make me so frustrated that sometimes I just can’t hold back. I’m just so passionate about my feelings that sometimes, I don’t take others feelings in consideration. I am so sorry if I offended anyone. That just wasn’t my intention.

            2. May you have warm words on a cold evening.

              A full moon on a dark night.

              And the road downhill all the way to your door.

              — Irish Blessing

            3. You’re a creep.

              You judge while soft pedaling your “can’t we all just get along” but you like to get your licks in as well.

              What, are you Canadian or something?

      1. Thanks for sharing, but I’ll pass.

        People who eat there a few times a month aren’t risking much at all and neither do those who choose not to eat there at all.

        It’s a personal choice we live with.

  6. Location does seem to be a factor. Here in Silicon Valley the iPhone seems to be king, even though Google is next door in Mtn View. iPhones everywhere. Somewhat related I read that Tesla sales are similar. More than 50% of Teslas sales are in California, 65% of those are in the Bay Area. I had thought everyone everywhere was buying Teslas, they are everywhere on the peninsula. Guess not.

    1. Can’t buy one in the state of NJ. How’s that for backwards? Gov. Christie made a deal with the automobile dealers that made it illegal for Tesla to sell their cars here. Can’t believe this guy’s thinking about the presidency. Whaddya think F14T16? Does he have a chance?

      1. That Tesla deal soured me on Christie even more than bridgegate. I suppose I am as gullible and naïve as anyone in sizing up our future leaders, and as shamed and outraged when their weakness and duplicity are exposed.

  7. Is anyone complaining about the “security & privacy divide” that results from this sort of thing? Aren’t there truth-in-selling laws that prevent peddling inferior goods to the economically-disadvantaged?

    For many people who choose Android because it is “cheap”, a better alternative might be to buy an older iPhone (listed on eBay for under $20 for the 1st gen model, under $40 for the 3G model, and under $80 for the 3GS) and then buy the cheapest cell phone service to suit one’s needs. Service can be had for as little as $10 for a Pay-As-You-Go card (good for 3 months or until used) or $10 per month.

    One example: I put a $10 Pay-As-You-Go SIM card in an old 1st gen iPhone that was sitting in a drawer. Gave it to a friend from Europe to use during a busy week of intensive apartment hunting in the City (until they got around to setting up service on their own phone). That old iPhone worked fine, and provided phone, text, email, and web browsing functionality, along with cellular and WiFi access. Yes, the chip is slow, but you’ve got to appreciate that this device is 7 years old. It still looks good and remains useful.

    Older iPhones may represent a cost-effective alternative to buying a “cheap” Android phone. Before choosing a “cheap” Android phone, cost-sensitive buyers should consider an older iPhone. It might suit their needs just fine, and may even cost less. It’ll certainly be more secure.

    1. Crime rates are much higher in Newark than in New York City. As measured in 2012, robbery is three times more prevalent, and property crimes twice as bad. Maybe that’s why Newark denizens sport Androids — less likely to lose them to thieves!

  8. I have an iPhone and work for the USPS on the work floor. On the subway, I observe every variety of human using iPhones. Every class, every color, every language and walk of life. Android is for people who either want to be different or have been using T Mobile for years. T Mobile is big in NJ.

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