Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

Summary: Apple's iOS market share surged past RIM, which dropped 4.2 percentage points of market share between February and May, according to comScore data. And RIM's slide can get worse.

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Apple's iOS market share surged past RIM, which dropped 4.2 percentage points of market share between February and May, according to comScore data.

Android remains the top dog in the U.S. smartphone market with 38.1 percent share, up 5.1 points from February.

Here's a look at the standings based on 76.8 million U.S. smartphone users:

Overall, these standings could get worse for RIM before they get better. For starters, RIM still has a product vacuum and new devices are slow to get off the runway. Meanwhile, RIM has cut its outlook. For its part, Apple has both Verizon and AT&T pitching the iPhone and a new device is highly likely.

Not surprisingly, Android remains in the lead and will continue to grab share. Samsung, LG and Motorola---all Android partners---are leading on the device front.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobile OS, Mobility, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • This is a useless statistic

    Apple makes FAR more than 25% of the revenue and pretty close to 100% of the profit in the smartphone market. In fact, Apple makes more than 100% of the profit if we were to count the massive losses by other manufacturers. Yes, more than 100% of the profit is possible if the market as a whole, taking into account losses, made $50 billion profit but Apple made $60 billion in profit.

    So while I give a HUGE cheer for Apple (YEAH!!!) that they passed RIM as RIM plummets towards bankruptcy (YEAH!!!) I give an even bigger cheer (YEAH!!!!!!) that Apple gets all of the profit in this market.
    woulddie4apple
  • For those who deny that Apple has erected insurmountable barriers to entry

    h t t p : / / www.quora.com/What-would-make-sense-for-Apple-to-use-its-51-billion-in-cash-for-a-strategic-acquisition/answers/612608

    This is a fascinating article about exactly why no one will ever catch up to Apple in the markets where Apple is currently leading. The competition's best chance is to stop competing, stop losing money, and let the DoJ and the EC start tearing down these barriers to entry.
    woulddie4apple
    • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

      @woulddie4apple
      Except that Android passed Apple in the Smartphone field, a while ago.

      Nice try though, troll.
      Droid101
      • In the statistic that actually counts, Android is a big loser

        @Droid101
        Through profit vaporizing "buy one get one free" deals, heavy discounts, and sales that don't even cover the R&D and startup costs, Android is on more smartphones, barely. If you were to add up all the profits made by Android smartphones though, you would end up with a negative number. iOS TROUNCES Android right where it counts: profit.
        woulddie4apple
      • Obviously, WouldDie, is a troll...

        @Droid101

        But the concept is still lost on alot of fanbois...

        Regardless of the o/s or manufacturer, when a phone is discounted or even buy one get one... Google, RIM, MS or whoever still realize revenue. [i]It's the carrier who eats the loss on the phone they chose to give away[/i] And the carriers do this, because the carriers care more about keeping someone on a 2 year note, rather than device they sell to their customers.

        Of course, you also have moron fanbois that actually think Google gives Android phone o/s away for free, because it's a derivative of linux.
        UrNotPayingAttention
    • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

      @woulddie4apple You are so obviously a troll.

      But since you raise it....Apple do rake in a lot of money, but they also invest a lot of money in R&D and marketing. A lot of Android manufacturers just glue together a lot of components and slap Android on their device, take it to market and then move on to the next model. There is little customer service after the sale. Also many people buying Android phones are simply buying a phone...they wouldn't give a rats arse which OS was on it...they justy want it to be cheap.
      global.philosopher
      • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

        @global.philosopher But this is hard to defend. Such buyers how no brand loyalty, and if they don't buy apps (and studies show in the main they don't) then there is nothing keeping them on the platform. Apple don't play this game.

        For Apple selling you "a phone" isn't what they want, they want to sell you a stream of phones for years to come. They do this by making sure you have a good experience with the handset, AND you buy applications that you'd have to give up if you switched. This leads to users who are highly invested in the platform.

        Does Apple need to sell volume? No, they want to maintain their pricing power, and there is no sign they can't do that.

        What seems amusing is people think what happened to Apple in the computer market will happen to them in mobile. But given how much profit the Mac is making would that really be so bad? If I could "fail" in such a manor I'd be very happy. Probably better than "succeeding" like a typical PC OEM (where margins are wafer thin and you have no reserves).

        It seems very likely that such a fate is quite possible for Android OEMs, and "race to the bottom" could break out at any time. Such price wars are very bad for those involved.

        It is this fate that HP want to avoid with their decision to buy Palm (and more importantly webOS). interestingly they don't seem to want to emulate Apple, they seem to want to emulate Microsoft by licensing webOS. This is a very interesting strategy, personally I think it's probably flawed (like when Apple licensed the Mac OS to OEMs that ended up gutting their own market) but who knows how this will play out, maybe they can make this work.
        jeremychappell
      • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

        @jeremychappell Apple hasn't failed in the PC market. Sales have been up quarter after quarter and just about every quarter has them shipping more and more Macs. That's a good thing. So much so that for the first time in a long time, Microsoft's marketshare is declining. Slowly but still declining. And that's a good thing for all involved.
        itguy10
  • Microsoft Down 1.9%...

    Guess the consumer really loves that Windows Phone 7 software, huh?
    itguy10
    • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

      @itguy10 Apparently somebody is using it. We at Lynx Interactive surpassed 250k downloads over a week ago and we just started as a hobby back in January. This has been done with a very modest advertising budget and only two full-time developers. Our most successful game, Chain Reaction, has been downloaded over 80k times since April 11th and earned over $7k in ad revenue alone last month. At least from a developer's standpoint, we couldn't be happier. :-)
      Tiggster79
  • RIM is on its way out.

    Poor product management and rollout, abysmal support for developers, an arcane development environment, an ostrich-like attitude towards emerging market trends, and flat out failure to innovate.
    They had everything, grew arrogant, and are tasting payback now for their hubris.
    kraterz
  • Globally, iOS is #1 platform for now (Nielsen data), but Android sells ...

    ... faster; so lets see how things will go.
    DDERSSS
  • RE: Apple's iOS zips past RIM as Blackberry product vacuum continues

    Why do the apple fanbois keep bringing out the "Apple makes more money on iOS than xxx make on Android"? What do I, as consumer, care if Apple or Google or Samsung make huge buckets of money or just little pints of them? In my case, Android gives me more than iOS ever did and ever could. For others, iOS is way more comfortable and has a "me too" sense to it. To each its own, but the profits made by them are irrelevant in any person's choice for a phone.
    fer.paredesb@...