Every week someone writes the latest death knell for Apple’s iconic iPhone, and every week those same critics– all certified members of the technorati elite politburo– ignore numbers worthy of a real live death knell.
Here are some astounding numbers. Google says there are about 1.5-billion Android devices in the world. Apple says they have about 1-billion active customers with iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the world. From the numbers I can see Apple has caused an apocalypse of sorts on almost every other computer brand; PC, smartphone, or tablet.
‘It’s Alive! It’s Alive!’
Quarter after quarter we read of bad news about Apple, yet the company delivers good financial news. More things sold, more sales, more profits. And, quarter after quarter we read of bad financial news for nearly every company that competes with Apple, and most of them are too embarrassed to tell anyone (publicly) how many of their products they’ve sold.
Microsoft’s newly minted CEO says Windows 10 is a big hit having made its way onto 270-million devices already. Hmm. With 900-million iOS devices on planet earth, and an iOS 9.x penetration of about 85-percent, that means the latest iOS is on over 750-million devices yet it’s Microsoft that’s bragging.
I’m sure they’re not bragging about the 2.3-million Lumia smartphones running Windows they sold last quarter.
Of those 1.5-billion Android devices floating around the world over 90-percent of them haven’t been upgraded to prevent or close the many security flaws Google has found and tried to patch but cellphone carriers haven’t bothered to update on their devices. The math here is interesting. Even Google admits that about 400-million devices will never get a Google update to fix anything even though they have updates to help the other 1-billion or so, the cellphone carriers would prefer a customer just buy a new phone.
The Walking Dead
Wander through the hallowed digital halls of most technology publications and you’ll see reviews of various and sundry smartphones from Galaxy to Nexus to LG to HTC to BlackBerry to knockoff Chinese brands (aren’t they all made in China?), yet the only major brand to make any profits on their smartphones are the Samsung folks and they’ve take some bit profit hits the past few years, what with Apple owning about 90-percent of the industry’s profits for smartphones and tablets, and more than half the PC industry’s profits.
Does that not sound like an apocalypse to you?
Here’s a good test to see how Apple’s apocalypse has impacted the smartphone industry. Look around. What smartphones do you see people using that are not iPhones or Samsung?
It’s alright. I’ll wait awhile.
See? You can’t see many other brands anywhere because despite the fact that there are tens of thousands of Android device models on the market, most of them are fly-by-night nameplates or brands that are merely walking dead. Customers of Apple’s Mac, iPhone, and iPad are the walking living (not to mention well educated and well to do).
The question that I don’t see answered anywhere because critics don’t like to count is, “Why aren’t all those other smartphones dead yet?” Their manufacturers aren’t making much money so why are they pushing ever more metric tons of plastic onto the world?
For Microsoft and Google and perhaps Amazon and a few others, they have stockholders and Wall Street analysts who are easily conned into believing that failure is success and success must mean imminent failure. Seriously. Isn’t that how it is with MSFT, GOOG, AMZN, and APPL?
Isaiah 5:20 comes to mind.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
It’s just like reading ZDNet.