Growth of Apple

I have been reading the glowing reports of Apple and its amazing results. No need to repeat them here. I thought I would compare growth with Android/Linux to see how they compare.

Smart Phones Android grew from 26% share in USA to 33% share from 2010-11 to 2011-2, up 7 percentage points. iPhone? languishing at 25% and no growth. Maybe everyone in the USA who wants one has one.

see ComScore

Tablets iOS had 95% share of tablets shipped in Q3 of 2010 but had slipped to 75% in Q4, losing 20 percentage points. Android gained 19 percentage points.

“We expect Android to increase share of the global tablet market during the first half of 2011. Several models from major vendors are scheduled to hit retail stores, such as the Motorola Xoom. The growing base of tablets will make Android a more attractive platform for media developers in the United States and worldwide”

see Strategy Analytics

Enjoy it while it lasts, Apple. You have nowhere to go but down and that is happening quickly. At this rate, Android/Linux will essentially have a monopoly before “8” emerges. Poor M$ and Apple, beaten by FLOSS when there is fair competition.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Growth of Apple

  1. Too bad M$ is so large. The death will be long and painful… 😉

  2. twitter says:

    I’ve also been keeping a Microsoft Death Watch since late 2008. It’s been obvious since the late 90s that Microsoft could not survive, let alone grow. Autocratic and corrupt friends in China gave the company an unexpected boost but even they will get a clue soon enough.

    Thanks, Mr. Pogson, for the keen observations. They help the technical side of my Death Watch.

  3. Richard Chapman says:

    If android puts too much pressure on Apple, Apple could then make the jump to the seven figure income bracket by simply gold plating their devices. The gPad!

  4. Thanks for the tip. For a monopoly, lowered growth and less than 50% share is failure. Apple will have less than 50% share in tablets within a few years if Android continues on its trajectory. Android can be sold on smaller and cheaper devices assuring that. Apple has always refused to lower prices much. They did lower iPad when iPad2 came out but they do want to maintain high margins. The competition among non-Apple competitors will ensure tablet prices dive later this year. Already there are some neat devices around for less than $200. While Apple may continue to grow, catering to the wealthy, they will be an also-ran in the real world of people making ends meet.

  5. Wayne Borean says:

    Actually I think you misunderstand the situation Robert. Apple’s sales will continue to increase. Their market share will drop. This is because Apple generally concentrates on a small segment of the market. They serve that segment well.

    Android on the other hand hits every segment of the market. Since on tablets they are starting with Zero market share, it would be hardly surprising if market share didn’t grow based on success in the mobile phone space.

    This doesn’t make Apple a failure.

    It does make Microsoft a failure. I believe I was the first person to predict Microsoft’s demise, and to put a time frame to it. If I’m right, we have about 3.5 years to go. I’ll be able to do an update next week when their 10Q is released, and a proper update when their year end report comes out in July.

    Do a Google search on the term “Microsoft Death Watch” or just go to my site, and search the term there.


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