Apple’s new Android app helps people upgrade to a real iPhone

“Apple Inc. is trying to lure users away from Android phones with a new app that launched Wednesday.,” Brian R. Fitzgerald reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The free app, called Move to iOS, is aimed at migrating important data such as contacts, calendars and photos from Google Inc.’s mobile operating system over to Apple’s ecosystem with little fuss,” Fitzgerald reports. “‘Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it,’ Apple says in the app notes for Move to iOS.”

“‘Do not install! Unless you want a lobotomy!’ one review was headlined in Google’s Play app store,” Fitzgerald reports. “‘I hope this app gets kicked out of the Play Store soon,’ read a more charitable review. There are more than 7,000 reviews so far, mostly along these lines: ‘So bad.'”

Fitzgerald reports, “Apple stuck a note at the bottom of the ‘transfer complete’ screen letting new hardware owners know they can recycle their own Android phones at any Apple store.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iOS 9 beta 3 includes a photograph of Apple CEO Tim Cook laughing as the News app's Android topic imageApple’s “transfer complete” blurb should read:

“Congratulations: Your days of supporting intellectual property thieves have finally concluded. You’ve just been freed from the festering abyss. Welcome to paradise!”

Android settlers lash out at Apple over ‘Move to iOS’ app in Google Play store – September 17, 2015
Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app released for Android on Google Play – September 16, 2015
Apple iPhone sees highest switching rate from Android ever recorded – August 10, 2015
Nomura ups Apple to ‘Buy’ on strong iPhone growth, increasing Android switchers – July 31, 2015
Significant Android to iPhone switching weakens market for Samsung Galaxy S6 – March 24, 2015
Analyst: Android switchers fueling iPhone growth; Android users even more interested in Apple Watch than iOS users – March 23, 2015
Over 85% of new iPhone sales are switchers, mostly from Android – January 30, 2015


  1. It is quite clear, from the ocean of rabid fandroid frustration, that this app will be quite popular. As I wrote earlier, this is an app that user uses only once, and it is a last app that an Android user will ever download.

    The best satisfaction will ultimately be watching all those rabid negative reviews pile on as the number of downloads grows. Wouldn’t it be just most amusing if the app broke into top ten most popular apps for Android?

    1. Not true, actually. All you have to do is download the app, leave your review, then uninstall the app.

      The install and uninstall buttons are located right next to each other, which actually makes this kind of thing pretty easy.

      Side note: You should really get to know an operating system before making comments on it.

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