Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 13:03 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. 'Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]', IDC said Tuesday. Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. 'Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape', according to IDC. In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 55 percent in last years' first quarter." On top of that, Apple got knocked out of the top five in India, where it's also bleeding market share. The America-centred large technology sites that dominate our reporting often fail to spot this huge problem for Apple: the company is only doing well in the US. It's losing everywhere else. And just in case you don't know: 'everywhere else' is 95% of the world, and that's where future growth is to be found. The fact that Apple hasn't addressed this yet is exactly why its shares aren't doing stellar anymore.
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Comment by mkone
by mkone on Wed 26th Jun 2013 18:35 UTC
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

I've said it before, and will say it again. Apple isn't gunning for market share at all costs. Apple is not willing to release a very cheap iPhone. (Not, the iPhone 4 being given away on contract for "free" isn't actually free). It's still an expensive phone to buy compared to the average Android phone.

Android is slowly replacing the feature phone market, and Apple is just not gunning for that incredibly low margin market.

Steve Jobs said, when he launched the iPhone, that they were gunning for 10% of the market. Believe it. Apple wants to make more profits out of phones in the same way they make more profits out of Macs with a low market share. By concentrating on high margin high end phones.

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RE: Comment by mkone
by jared_wilkes on Wed 26th Jun 2013 18:39 in reply to "Comment by mkone"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Agreed on everything, but you made one error.

Steve Jobs said they were going for 1% of total mobile phone market share. They currently have more than 8%.

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RE[2]: Comment by mkone
by JAlexoid on Thu 27th Jun 2013 08:20 in reply to "RE: Comment by mkone"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apple is slowly getting there ;)

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RE: Comment by mkone
by benytocamela on Wed 26th Jun 2013 21:22 in reply to "Comment by mkone"
benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

and then Apple will then end up once again with another very loyal but stagnant user base, wondering what just happened...

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RE: Comment by mkone
by JAlexoid on Thu 27th Jun 2013 08:22 in reply to "Comment by mkone"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

make more profits out of Macs with a low market share

You mean with those massive claims that they own 90%(or whatever that percentage was) of over $1000 laptop market?

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RE[2]: Comment by mkone
by brichpmr on Thu 27th Jun 2013 09:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by mkone"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

And you have 'massive' data to refute Apple's claims?? (I doubt it).

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RE[2]: Comment by mkone
by mkone on Thu 27th Jun 2013 16:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by mkone"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

"make more profits out of Macs with a low market share

You mean with those massive claims that they own 90%(or whatever that percentage was) of over $1000 laptop market?
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No. I mean they make more actual profits than any PC manufacturers in selling PCs.

Ever heard the saying revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, cashflow is reality.

Apple took 45% of the profits in the PC industry off about 5% market share. ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/04/18/apples-mac-took-... ).

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