The Apple iPhone is the most bad ass fish in the biggest pond the tech world has ever seen

“There has been an awful lot of negative talk concerning Apple this past month,” John Kirk writes for Tech.pinions. “Apple is always subject to criticism, but this time the criticism feels a little out of place. After all, Apple’s quarterly numbers are good, their revenue per employee is outstanding and Apple has so much cash in hand that Horace Dediu humorously titled his graph on same ‘The Trauma Of Too Much Money.'”

“My personal “Claim Chowder” folder contains 12 examples of articles that contend the Android Operating system is better than Apple’s iOS and a whopping 67 examples of articles that claim one or another Android phone is, or was, supposed to be superior to the iPhone,” Kirk writes. “On the hardware side, there are some esoteric examples of smartphones that were supposed to be superior to the iPhone, such as the ‘Atria 2,’ ‘ePhone,’ ‘LePhone,’ and the ‘Thunderbolt,’ along with numerous examples from well known manufacturers such as Blackberry, Google Nexus, HTC, LG, Microsoft Windows Phone, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, and of course, Samsung.”

“Let’s do the math here. The Apple iPhone has about 15% of the smartphone market share; holds a mortal lock on the top 10% of the buyers that constitute the premium sector; and consistently takes in 90% — and even as high as 95% — of all smartphone profits,” Kirk writes. “Apple is not a big fish in a small pond. They’re the most bad ass fish in the biggest dang pond the world has ever seen. They absolutely dominate the premium sector of the premium tech product of our time… ‘But wait,’ you say, ‘Android owns most of that smartphone Pony.’ True enough. But Apple, all importantly, holds the reins while Android controls only the rearmost 85%. One might even be tempted to say that makes Android — metaphorically speaking — a horse’s ass.”

Tons more in the full article – highly recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote over three years ago:

Google made a crucial mistake: They gave away Android to “partners” who pushed and continue to push the product into the hands of the exact opposite type of user that Google needs for Android to truly thrive. Hence, Android is a backwater of second-rate, or worse, app versions that are only downloaded when free or ad-supported – but the Android user is notoriously cheap, so the ads don’t sell for much because they don’t work very well. You’d have guessed that Google would have understood this, but you’d have guessed wrong.

Google built a platform that depends heavily on advertising support, but sold it to the very type of customer who’s the least likely to patronize ads.

iOS users are the ones who buy apps, so developers focus on iOS users. iOS users buy products, so accessory makers focus on iOS users. iOS users have money and the proven will to spend it, so vehicle makers focus on iOS users. Etcetera. Android can have the “Hee Haw” demographic. Apple doesn’t want it or need it; it’s far more trouble than it’s worth.MacDailyNews, November 26, 2012


  1. “Success if the new FAILURE” according to these doofus analcysts still living at their parents home with moths flying out of their pocket books and their online degree from Phoenix University hanging on the wall. Losers all trying to take down true winners, because, it’s all they got.

    1. Are you ordering from the Apple Store? Because I saw the 2-3 week wait time online, yet I took my son down to the T-Mobile store on a Thursday and we received the phone at our door on Saturday morning and he got the size/color he wanted.
      Unless you want an unlocked phone, you might want to go directly to a telco store.

      1. Correct.

        Ordered online from Apple website.

        Yes, unlocked phone so I can kick AT&T to the curb.

        I bought the first iPhone on Day 1 in 2007 for $600 with unlimited data plan.

        The wizards at AT&T raised my unlimited plan this month for being such a good customer since 1995 … 🙁

  2. This…
    is exactly correct.
    Marketshare is a meaningless statistic when:
    1. A company is taking 90% of the profit
    2. A company has >$150 billion in the bank
    3. A company controls virtually every strategic asset connected their product–hardware, software, distribution, R&D, etc.
    4. Every phase of the product makes money—hardware, distribution,software and services–LOTS OF MONEY–there are virtually no loss-leaders with Apple.
    4. The competitors barely control a single aspect of the competing products and hardly any of their competing products or services generate any significant profit.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. Plus, I don’t know where they get their numbers from because our numbers aren’t anywhere close to theirs.

      Our analytic show about 60% of all the phone coming to our sites are iOS phones. Only 35-38% are Android. Granted, we mainly a US driven entity but let’s compare real world statistic instead of shipped vs sold bullshit.

  3. This is just epic. Reading it, I remember so much of the reaction to the original iPhone and how I was amazed that so many people just didn’t get it. I knew immediately it was going to be a big deal. How could anyone have watched that keynote and NOT seen that?? I mean I understand there’s the whistling past the graveyard crowd, but honestly, any neutral tech reporter who didn’t see the iPhone was going to be a very big deal should have either have been fired or just quit on their own. They can be forgiven for not realized the scope of the potential, most people were guilty of that. But if they were so bad at their job that they predicted the iPhone would fail or be a moderate success at best?? That’s just embarrassingly bad. lol.

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