Top iOS news of the week: Battery drain, Android switchers, iPad sales dropping
This week in iOS we had reports of iPhones getting Android users to switch in the EU, that the iPhone 6 Plus is grabbing tablet sales, and that the Kindle app may be draining iPhone and iPad batteries.
In the first quarter of this year Apple's latest iPhones were gaining in popularity in five of the largest countries in Europe, and that increase is at the expense of Android. Apple's share of the smartphone market grew to 20.3 percent while the Android share fell to 68.4 percent, a drop of 3.1 percent.
These numbers in the major EU markets, specifically Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, indicate that Android owners are beginning to switch to the iPhone 6 Plus.
Latest update to Kindle app on iOS may be draining the battery
A report on ZDNet indicates that the Kindle app on iOS appears to be draining iPhone and iPad batteries at an alarming rate. The timing of this battery drain indicates the last update to the app on April 15 may be responsible for the problem.
Amazon told ZDNet they should have a fix soon, and later backtracked to say they haven't identified the problem yet. Some Kindle app users have resorted to powering their iPads off during the day to keep the battery from running dry.
Insiders in the supply chain for the iPad expect sales to continue to drop for the near future. Sales have been dropping for five consecutive quarters and according to those making components for the iPad their business is hurting as a result.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently acknowledged that the large iPhone 6 Plus is cannibalizing iPad sales.