Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 16:15 UTC
Apple "Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system." The last claim is debatable, but the figures are not - very impressive. Of course, do note that the iPhone 5 was available in more countries than the 4S in its first weekend, and if you take that into account, the iPhone 5 didn't do any better than the 4S at all (which doesn't negate the incredible sales - it just highlights the smartphone market's growth might be slowing). It's also lower than what analysts expected, but they're just monkeys throwing darts at figures anyway.
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RE: Other factors are involved
by Fergy on Tue 25th Sep 2012 08:14 UTC in reply to "Other factors are involved"
Fergy
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I've never seen such an effort at making a simple statistical announcement seem to be evil or incorrect, but that's just what people do when a product they don't like is successful. Whatever.

Apple wants to use the numbers to show that the iPhone is the biggest thing in smartphones. Most people on OSnews see through this and mention it.

The whole Google Maps subject is getting tired, though. Microsoft has cut a deal to use Nokia maps on all future Windows Phone 8 devices, where is the outrage about that?

The outrage is that Apple replaced a perfectly working map service with its own alpha version before it was ready for consumers.

Apple's Maps app is not perfect, granted, but it is an initial effort and there are plenty of other apps that provide the same service, so it's not like users are completely out of luck.

It is wise to remember some of the reasoning behind Apple's decision to ditch the Google Maps app. This is a good read about the major decision:

http://www.padgadget.com/2012/06/23/google-cuts-mapping-api-prices-...

When faceed with a huge increase in the Google mapping api cost, Apple made the decision to dump Google in favor of their own app that uses open sourced mapping data along with many other sources, something you would think would be lauded by all the open-source geeks on OS News, but no, they are all up in arms about it, moaning about proprietary software being so much better. Very interesting.

The richest company in the world didn't want to pay Google for their map service. Instead of developing their own version and releasing it when it is ready(which is what you would expect from Apple). They removed functionality and replaced with it an inferior one because it is cheaper for them.

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