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This chart demonstrates just how slow some of Apple's users are.  (Source: Loyalytics)

The study looked at upgrade rates for the iPhone 3GS (left) and the Android-powered Motorola Droid (right).  (Source: DailyMobile)
Android is handily beating iOS in terms of upgrade rates, making life easier for its developers

Market researchers at Localytics looked at the Apple iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid and upgrade rates to the latest respective OS versions -- iOS 4.0 and Android 2.2 "Froyo"  -- over their first two weeks of availability.  What they found was that nearly twice as many Android users upgraded to the latest OS as iPhone users.

The study showed the dramatic benefits of Android's over-the-air OS updates -- something Apple has either been unable or unwilling to implement.  IOS 4.0 saw a steady crawl upwards in adoption rates, that allowed it to temporarily get ahead of Android 2.2.  

But when the Android OTA packages landed, in a single day the Android 2.2 adoption jumped incredibly from around 42 percent to around 92 percent.  By the end of two weeks, Android's upgrade totals had reached 96 percent, while Apple had a mere 56 percent.

One thing Loyalytics says the study shows is that iPhone users are using iTunes less.  If they had plugged into iTunes they would have been prompted to update, but many users still appeared not to have connected after almost two weeks.  This may be a result of Apple enabling over-the-air content downloads from its iTunes store, which is directly accessible from the iPhone.

However, the study brings mixed news to developers on both fronts.  For Android developers the rapid updates are good in a way, because they can be assured a homogeneous platform.  It can also be bad, because if an update breaks your app, you may only have have a couple of days to fix the problem before the majority of users can't use it.

For iPhone developers the opposite is true.  The platform is more heterogeneous in terms of OS versions, which can be confusing as to which versions to target and when.  On the other hand, iPhone devs have more time to fix bugs created by OS updates.

The researchers conclude:

The extent to which the iPad is or isn’t cannibalizing PC sales is being debated. But it seems reasonable to assume that even fewer iPads will be plugged into computers than iPhones, suggesting that iPad upgrades to iOS 4.2 later this year will lag iPhone upgrades. At some point, Apple will probably need/want to provide OTA upgrades to both the iPad and iPhone, at least over WiFi.

Of course as anyone who knows Apple could tell you, the company is sure to take adopting this new feature at its own pace, however fast or slow that may be.

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RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Tony Swash on 9/15/2010 2:38:34 PM , Rating: -1
You want statistics, go and count them yourself. You're the only one foolish enough to believe that there might be some possible universe in which a significant percentage of Apple consumers are technically sophisticated. The rest of us don't view the world through Apple-colored lenses.

This is in the end a pointless discussion because it lacks all objective content.

There is no evidence that I know of that has surveyed the tens of millions of people that use Apple products and come to any conclusion based on evidence about whether they are or are not technically proficient.

Personally I think making claims about millions of strangers based on ones own prejudices or preconceived views of the world and with no hard data to work with is both silly and ultimately pointless. It will produce no useable knowledge about the state of the real world and will not help one understand what is happening.

On the other hand believing that Apple's success is based on the technical inferiority of Apple product users is no doubt very reassuring for you guys. Its a sort of junk comfort food for the intellect. You need such junk comfort food because the phenomena you can see all around you, that Apple keeps making products that are hugely successful, is very disturbing for you guys. You cannot understand, it does not compute. Something is happening here and you don't know what it is, do you Mr Jones.

So if you want to go on believing your comforting fairy tales there is probably nothing I, or anyone else, can say that will persuade you that actually the world is more complex than the simplistic categories you think in and with just a little effort you could understand more of it.

And no matter how comfortable we think we are with the truth, it always comes as a profound shock when we’re forced to meet it face-to-face.
Martin Scorsese:

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Motoman on 9/15/2010 2:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
We get it. We get it just fine.

If you want to keep believing that Apple is successful based on the magical merits of it's hardware, there's nothing I or anyone else can do to change your mind.

Apple doesn't sell technology. It sells self-image. A sense of belonging...a sense of hipness. A way of expressing your individuality by doing what the TV tells you to do.

Those who aren't swayed by the propaganda are aware that the emperor has no clothes. For you and all the other Apple consumers out there...well, the emperor is a pretty snazzy dresser, now isn't he?

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Tony Swash on 9/15/10, Rating: -1
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/15/2010 3:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
Emulate the unique Jobs's skill of predicting the future needs of a mass Western consumer? This is impossible by definition. I'm afraid Apple will be gone when Jobs goes.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/15/10, Rating: 0
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Alexstarfire on 9/15/2010 10:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, everyone I know who has bought Apple products, save for my father, has said "because it's cool" or "I like how it looks." I should say this is mostly for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Most of my friends don't have the money to get an iMac or MacBook. The ironic part being that after they use it for a week, or sometimes even less, is that they wished it could do something another product does along with all the stuff they already do.

Talking about Apple computers isn't even worth it since they have and always will have a small market share in that sector.

If people give me valid reasons for why they purchased a product, any product, then I don't even say anything unless on the very rare chance there happens to be a better product that fits those needs. They know what they want better than I do. When they give a piss poor excuse I'll tell them about a better product. That said, I usually don't even ask since it's not my decision to make.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By chick0n on 9/15/2010 10:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
its Pirks ... why bother replying ... he is one of the biggest prick on DT ... oh I mean troll ...

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
Because he attempted a rational argument.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Can't exactly disagree with your first point since I know none of my friends are very technical minded.

While I could sit here and argue points on the computers, I'm not. It's been done time and time again between you and I, and tons of other people. I wasn't talking about computers and I explicitly said that so that you wouldn't starting arguing over them.

My point wasn't about the media, though I'd love for them to at least provide the same amount of coverage as other companies, either more coverage for others or less for Apple, but about talking with people like you about them.

If you'd like to talk about what I was talking about then I'd be more than happy to have a discussion. Until then, stop trolling.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/2010 4:15:23 PM , Rating: 1
So what were you talking about then?

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By triadone on 9/16/2010 5:46:24 AM , Rating: 3
Very funny to see this meme persist after the PPC to Intel/x86 switch. Not to take the bait but early assessments of the Intel based Macs placed them on par with comparably equipped Windows counterparts. In fact, the Mac Pro from a hardware standpoint was actually markedly cheaper than offerings from Dell et al.'s high end workstation offerings. That trend continues with editor's choice awards for products like the iMac and Mac Pro (via Computer World, I believe).

Your argument is pretty common for those who don't really have a good idea as to the actual hardware and engineering that goes into these products. And by "these products" I don't simply mean Apple. I'm referring more to whether you can understand the difference in quality between a Dell Studio and an Adamo, for example, and not just run off on some rampage about how "It's the same thing, just cheaper!" No, they're not the same, and if you don't get that little nugget of truth, then you're arguing from a "just enough" mindset. e.g., One who knows just enough to think their informed but hasn't reached a threshold by which they have perspective to understand the difference between themselves and someone who does know better.

By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would hope they'd be on par if they have the same parts. Would be sad otherwise.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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