Another reminder of why Apple’s iPhone is so great

“Apple’s iPhone 6s is the most powerful smartphone in the world,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “Its camera is among the best in the world. It ushers in exciting new features and improves old features. As we said in our iPhone 6s review, it’s the biggest iPhone upgrade ever. But one of the best things about the iPhone 6s isn’t anything shiny or new. It doesn’t relate to speed or power, and it’s not something you can touch or feel. It’s something smart and revolutionary that Apple pulled off years ago, and it’s just as important today as it was back then.”

“Apple updated its App Store support page on Thursday morning, revealing a staggering statistic in the process: iOS 9+ is now installed on 61% of active iOS devices.,” Epstein reports. “There are hundreds of millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds out there, and 61% of the ones that actively use the App Store are running iOS 9. iOS 9 was first released to the public on September 16th, which is just over one month ago.”

“As of October 5th, 23.5% of Android phones that actively access the Google Play store were running Android 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop, which was first released in November 2014, almost a year ago. And Lollipop isn’t even the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system — Android 6.0 Marshmallow was just pushed out, but just about no one has it yet,” Epstein reports. “Android 4.4 KitKat is the most popular version of Android right now with 38.9%, and it was released in October 2013. Seriously.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Maybe the latest Android version has Stagefright? (smirk)

Enjoy your “open,” unpatched devices infested with malware, Android settlers. Anyone who rewards blatant thieves by settling for derivative Android garbage deserves their fate.

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This is how Apple’s iPhone kills Android phones – August 7, 2015
Certifi-gate: Hundreds of millions of Android devices vulnerable to stealth unrestricted access – August 7, 2015
Malformed video files can be used to crash half of all Android phones – July 30, 2015
Security journalist: Goodbye, Android, hello Apple iPhone! – July 29, 2015
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New Android malware strains to top 2 million by end of 2015 – July 1, 2015
Symantec: 1 in 5 Android apps is malware – April 25, 2015
Kaspersky Lab Director: Over 98% of mobile malware targets Android because it’s much, much easier to exploit than iOS – January 15, 2015
Security experts: Malware spreading to millions on Android phones – November 21, 2014
There’s practically no iOS malware, thanks to Apple’s smart control over app distribution – June 13, 2014
F-Secure: Android accounted for 99% of new mobile malware in Q1 2014 – April 30, 2014
Google’s Sundar Pichai: Android not designed to be safe; if I wrote malware, I’d target Android, too – February 27, 2014
Cisco: Android the target of 99 percent of world’s mobile malware – January 17, 2014
U.S. DHS, FBI warn of malware threats to Android mobile devices – August 27, 2013
Android app malware rates skyrocket 40 percent in last quarter – August 7, 2013
First malware found in wild that exploits Android app signing flaw – July 25, 2013
Mobile Threats Report: Android accounts for 92% of all mobile malware – June 26, 2013
Latest self-replicating Android Trojan looks and acts just like Windows malware – June 7, 2013
99.9% of new mobile malware targets Android phones – May 30, 2013
Mobile malware exploding, but only for Android – May 14, 2013
Mobile malware: Android is a bad apple – April 15, 2013
F-Secure: Android accounted for 96% of all mobile malware in Q4 2012 – March 7, 2013
New malware attacks Android phones, Windows PCs to eavesdrop, steal data; iPhone, Mac users unaffected – February 4, 2013


  1. Tech writers who use the word “exciting” to describe products should be banned from publishing for a year. The word “exciting” is so over-used in advertising that it makes me nauseous just to hear it.

      1. And ‘Supermodel’ too. Anyone walking in a designer show is called a supermodel. There’s really only 3-5 at any one time, maybe, but the word is used indiscriminantly that it no longer has meaning.

        Include ‘grand slam’ from sports. Any athlete winning what used to called a ‘major’ now wins a ‘grand slam’ event. Grand slam shouldn’t even appear in a story or spoken unless a player is about to or has swept all the majors. Hate to say it but the average sport writer and announcer reinforce the muscle head stereotype when they do this.

        And don’t get me started on coaches who say “We can defense that…”

  2. After recently hearing that Apple has since 2007 sold about a billion iOS devices and the above hundreds of millions of active devices, then comparing to reports of 1.4 billion active Android devices (who knows how many are actually out there sold) makes me wonder if the total actual users of the ‘new’ version of each OS is closer than the percentages make it appear.

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