As previously mentioned I was an iPhone user. However, that era ended in Jan 2012 and I am not going back… no matter how big they make their phones. There has been a saying for a while… Apple is always a day late. Sure, they started something magical with the iPhone which was first released in 2007. There was not been a phone like it at the time. Since then some of us have been disappointed in the changes that they make with new versions. Every year graphic artists come out with fancy concept designs of what the next iPhone could look like. And every year the iPhone comes out looking virtually exactly like the last one. Sure, Apple fanboys (and girls) have run out and loyally purchased every version no matter what. But some us got tired of waiting, saw the bigger picture, and moved to Android.
But now… as you are aware, Apple just released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus running iOS 8. Apple reports that over 10 million units were sold in the first weekend. Can you say wow? Apparently people were waiting on a larger iPhone. The iPhone 6 is a 4.7″ inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first phablet with a screen measuring 5.5″. There is no doubt that they are trying to convert some phablet fans to the iPhone. But will it be enough? Samsung broke onto the phablet scene with the original Galaxy Note 3 which had a 5.3″ screen back in 2011. It took Apple 3 years to catch up and realize that there is indeed a market for larger smartphones. And the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released with issues which seems to be common of iPhone releases. This time some users are reporting that their 6 Plus bends in their pockets. Can you say upset? Also, there was an update for iOS 8 released that rendered some users phones virtually unusable.
Apple used to be in the lead of smartphone sales. For a while they were the only really nice smartphone out there. But now? There are a TON of smartphones to choose from created by several different manufacturers. Most think that Apple controls the market, but according to Gartner Research, there were 967,775 smartphones sold in 2013. And out of those only 150,785 were Apple devices. The rest? Mostly Android phones, with Windows Phones amounting to only a small percentage of all smartphone sells. At the top of those smartphone sells is Samsung. And they want Apple to remember that.
It is no secret that I loooove my Samsung devices. I currently carry a Note 3 and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the Note 4. The below commercial was released by Samsung on the heels of Apple announcing the iPhone 6 Plus.
Well done Samsung! Now I will ask, why did you announced the Note 4 and then make us wait so long for the release? I’m getting a bit anxious. 🙂