Increase in users dumping Android to upgrade to iPhone bodes well for Apple

“One of the most important factors [that will drive Apple’s near-term and long-term growth] is the rate at which Android users are switching to the iPhone,” Puneet Sikka writes for Market Realist. “According to a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners via RCRWireless, Apple is taking away share from Android at a fast rate.”

“26% of the users who bought iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in the first month of its launch switched from Android,” Sikka writes. “This number was 12% when Apple released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.”

Sikka writes, “iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have some attractive features that could urge more people to switch from Android to Apple… [including] 3D Touch, a 12-megapixel camera, and Live Photos.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As it is for those upgrading from crappy Windows PCs to OS X-powered Macs, the jump up from the commodity-grade, cobbled-together Android to Apple’s revolutionary iPhone is an exceedingly enlightening experience.

Apple CEO: Android to iPhone upgraders will help us smash our own 74.5 million smartphone sales record – October 28, 2015
Tim Cook: 30% of buyers last quarter upgraded from Android to real iPhones – October 27, 2015
Apple’s new Android app helps people upgrade to a real iPhone – September 17, 2015
Apple iPhone sees highest switching rate from Android ever recorded – August 10, 2015
Apple Retail Stores now pay Android settlers to upgrade to real iPhones – March 30, 2015
Dump that Android phone and upgrade to a real iPhone – February 2, 2015
Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6/Plus fueling mass upgrades from Android – September 18, 2014


  1. Flame on but of the big phones, on the hardware side alone I actually like the Note 5 far better than the Apple 6 series. small footprint, incredible screen and elegance design compared to the frumpy and goofy Apple 6’s.

    Yet, there is no way in hell I would use Samsung Pay, or have any sensitive information on one. Android today is just not there yet. Not by a long shot.
    If you are a kid with no credit cards or sensitive info, then a android device is not a bad choice, but definitely not a device for non tech savvy adults.

    1. How can you use a mobile phone without creating sensitive data? Your trail of GPS coordinates, who you talk to, what messages you send and receive, all your photos, all your online profile passwords – that’s not the kind of information you should just being handing out to criminals.

      And what’s with the age argument? Having children being spied on by criminals, instead of adults, is worse!

      1. I get where you are coming from, but that’s a bit paranoid. I have used android and it was fine, but to me with so much malware it was just too scary. I wouldn’t recommend it, I just don’t want to make blanket statements got all case use or needs.

  2. That’s only because those are people who don’t know how to really use Android. They probably bought their phone and just used the stock ROM. They probably don’t even know what a ROM is.

    I’m using the CyanogenMod ROM on my Note 2 from 2012 with basically none of the usual complaints about Android. No bloatware, no lag, and almost 0 bugs thanks to the continued device support from CyanogenMod. I still have a good user experience with my aging device because I know how to get that user experience.

    I will give Apple props for providing a good simplified user experience that the average Joe can handle without having to modify their device. I’ve used iOS before and while the OS isn’t for me, it works fine for the average consumer. The people who switched from Android to iOS are honestly people who should have gone with iOS to begin with

    1. EXTREMELY few smart phone users (Android or not) want to even bother modifying the ROM in the phone whether they know how to do it or not. To imply that those that don’t modify their ROM are not tech savvy is absolutely incorrect. The vast majority of smart phone users want an appliance. They don’t want something they have to tweak (and often keep tweaking) to get an acceptable experience.

      A simplified user interface is ALWAYS good. A complex interface where the user has to constantly figure out how to use it is NEVER good.

      1. I never have to figure out the user interface on my phone because I designed it myself with a custom launcher. Everything is right where I need it to be. Just a quick glance at my home screen gives me my last received text message, what music is playing, and my friends recent Facebook updates.

        In fact I actually had a lot more trouble out of the iOS user interface than I’ve ever had out of Android, once I got everything set up right…

        1. Congratulations, you’re a smart techy. That only translates to recommending the Android platform for other tinkering techies.

          iOS devices are well suited for customers wanting a secure, reliable, easy to figure out user experience, which fits in well with the article’s premise. Many users are tired of the “open” Android environment which bites them at every turn.

          1. Well any operating system is only as secure as it’s end user.

            The main difference with iOS and Android is that Apple locks the OS down in order to control what does and does not go onto the device. Sure, it might be an effective strategy. But it puts the whole ecosystem into a padded playpen where the user is the toddler in the playpen who can’t watch out for himself and Apple is the overseeing parent controlling what the user is exposed to.

            Google puts that control into the users hands with Android. They treat the user more like an adult so to speak. There’s actually not a whole lot of malware on the Google Play store. I research any app I install by checking comments and reviews. I research any app I install from anywhere other than Google Play even more, including the source it came from.

            1. No one disputes what you are saying, which is that Android appeals to techies. You can root it and modify it. Which suits the creative tech space. But many just wanta phone with some apps that they know they can trust. Do I save $200 and do all the interface mods for myself, or have some standard interface, that I can use, while I earn income with the time I save.

  3. So more people are switching from Android to the 6S/6SPlus than for the previous models?

    But… But…
    Morgan Stanley claims the iPhones are going to lose sales and market share! How can this be? How can this be?

    (All sarcasm 100% intended!)

  4. Lifetime Android user here – 3 days in to owning the iPhone 6S Plus. My very first iOS device. Enlightening is indeed the experience. I am very happy with my decision to switch. Count me in this statistic!

  5. The latest Android security nightmare:

    Anyone using a version of Android before 2.3 will be cut off from being able to use HTTPS on the web as of January 1, 2016. This is because Android through v2.2 is only compatible with the SHA-1 hashing scheme, which is being killed over the Internet as of 2016.

    How many victims still use Android 1 – 2.2? We’re going to find out an New Year’s Day because they will be screaming bloody murder.

    Here is one list SHA-1 compatibility list:

    Note that anyone using OS X 10.4 or earlier, or iOS 2.x or earlier will also be cut off from HTTPS on the web. HTTPS is the protocol used for encrypted web connections through web browsers.

        1. I would think considering it will be a ‘forced’ upgrade, the situation that resulted in the user getting an Android device in the first place will probably continue to hold (e.g. BOGO, use phone mainly to make calls and texts, small budget, etc.). This means that the 26% rate will probably represent a ‘best’ case. Depending on the size of this group it may actually push iPhone market share lower even with increased iPhone unit sales. There may also be those that don’t upgrade at all since they don’t use their phone for browsing the internet.

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