“Apple sold about 14 million iPhones to former Android owners in the last quarter — and that’s a sign of good times ahead, according to Apple chief Tim Cook,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet.
“Despite a strong US dollar that’s likely to dampen tech sales over the holiday season, Cook told analysts at Apple’s Q4 earnings update on Tuesday he’s confident the company can beat the record-breaking 74.5 million units sold during the Christmas period last year,” Tung reports. “‘We believe that iPhone will grow in Q1 and we base that on what we are seeing from an [Android] switcher point of view,’ Cook said.”
“The reason Cook’s confident Apple can beat last year’s Q1 sales is that Apple saw record levels of former Android owners making the switch to an iPhone. These “Android switchers” accounted for 30 percent of iPhone sales in the last quarter, buying 14.4 million handsets,” Tung reports. “‘That number is the largest that we’ve ever recorded since we began measuring it three or so years ago,’ said Cook. Some of these switchers would have been helped to make the transition by Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app for Android devices.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The Android settlers are coming to a sad realization. They made the wrong choice. Time for them to rectify their shortsighted, immoral mistake.
I don’t know which is worse: Samsung’s slavish copying or that there are tens of millions of dullards and/or morally-crippled consumers who would buy such obvious knockoffs. What kind of person rewards thieves, especially such obvious ones? What kind of person hands over their money to make sure that crime pays? What’s wrong with you people, exactly?
It makes me sad that there are outfits like Samsung Electronics on the planet, as I was with Microsoft before them. People who work for Samsung Electronics should be ashamed. It makes me even sadder to see people supporting blatant criminals, whether it be blindly or, worse, knowingly. To those people I say: Get some morals, will you, or how about at least acquiring a modicum of taste?
What you’re doing is supporting criminal activity. It’s like you’re buying knockoff Coach handbags, but you’re paying pretty much the Coach price! Not too smart, eh? Oh, sure, you might have “saved” a bit upfront on your fake iPhone (maybe you got one of those Buy One Get One or More Free deals), but you’re paying the same data rates – after a couple years, you’ve pretty much paid the same anyway! So, in the end, you’re saving little or nothing while:
a) depriving the company who basically inspired your inferior, fragmented product;
b) depriving yourself of the real deal and the real experience, and;
c) rewarding the criminal, encouraging them to steal even more.
Not a lot of sense being made in any aspect of your toting around that Android phone, is there? Oh, right it’s “open.” Smirk. And, yes, every one of us with the real thing knows that you’re carrying around a half-assed fake, you tasteless wonder.
Didn’t you people have parents? If so, what did they teach you, if anything? Sheesh. – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, August 6, 2012
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