“We run lots of consumer surveys at PCMag, but today’s edition of The Why Axis is the first in a series of countrywide maps we’ll be running each of the next few Mondays to break down tech buying and usage trends across the nation,” Rob Marvin reports for PC Magazine. “We figured a good place to start is seeing which states are more loyal to Apple devices, and which states house more Android people.”

PCMag surveyed 2,033 US consumers in February on a variety of tech topics, gathering additional demographic data including state-by-state,” Marvin reports. “While the most recent comScore rankings show Android at 54.2 percent market share in the US and iOS at 44.8 percent as of December 2018, our survey found that only 14 states were predominately Android users compared to 36 for iOS.”

“Overall, 54 percent of respondents chose iOS as their smartphone OS of choice, 42 percent chose Android, 2 percent chose Other, and 2 percent chose None,” Marvin reports. “The states where Android won out in our survey were primarily less populous ones, including Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, and Wyoming. The states with the highest percentages of Android users were Wyoming at 66 percent and Hawaii at 61 percent… For iOS, the most popular states were Connecticut at 73 percent of respondents, Missouri at 72 percent, and Mississippi at 71 percent. In the states with the highest populations densities, the races were a bit tighter, but iOS still wound up with sizable leads. In California and New York, iOS had 58 percent in both states to Android’s 40 percent in CA (2 percent other) and 37 percent in NY (5 percent other.) Illinois was even wider at 63 percent for iOS and 33 percent for Android (4 percent other.)”

U.S. map, iOS vs. Android

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One very important finding was that 70% of respondents ages 18-24 use Apple’s iOS, while in the older 55-64 age range, 49% settle for Android, with a nearly equal percentage (47%) using iOS.

One platform’s future is obviously far brighter than the other’s.

In one of our local high schools, out of roughly 300 students who are known to have a cellphone, three (3!) are known to not have an iPhone (two Androids of unknown make (that the kids hate and keep well-hidden) and one flip phone to be used only for emergency calls). All of the rest have iPhones. Quote from a student: “It’s really bad to be green in Messages.” — MacDailyNews, April 11, 2018

82 percent of U.S. teens use an iPhone – and that number is only growing – April 11, 2018
Higher income U.S. states use Apple iPhones; lower income states use Samsung Galaxy phones – September 27, 2016
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013
iPhone users smarter, richer than Android phone users – August 16, 2011