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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 lolmuly on 9/15/2010 10:32:20 PM , Rating: 3
I can really only speak for film-makers, but i will tell you with certainty, the only film-makers who choose apple are the technically illiterate.

A professional film-maker will chose a windows based avid machine over final cut,

A professional vfx artist will choose a windows based nuke machine, or a redhat based sgi machine, over an apple (for which apple quit selling shake by the way)

A professional motion graphics artist will choose a windows based adobe machine over apple motion any day.

A professional disc author would never use apple's dvd studio pro because you can't shut the abstraction layer off.

I don't even know if they make 3D tracking applications for mac.

Particle simulators, 3D packages, 3D utilities, only a very small handful even exist for mac.

Finally given the premium they charge for their outdated hardware, I sincerely doubt that anyone would even bother setting up an apple render farm, if they did they would have to be some of the stupidest businessmen on the planet.

So please, do not offend me by mentioning apple and film-makers in the same sentence. Apple users are amateurs that can't tell their foot from their hand, and don't know why the difference is important.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Tony Swash on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By lolmuly on 9/16/2010 2:56:03 PM , Rating: 4
yes and the rest of the categories?

Avatar - Avid

The Blind Side - Avid

District 9 - Avid

An Education - Avid

The Hurt Locker - Avid

Up - Avid

Up in the Air - Avid

I don't have a full list, but you get the point, it goes on and on. Go into television and the statistics get even worse.

a two man camera crew doing documentary interviews hardly counts as professional film making. The only reason you even heard about fcp at the oscars, is because so few companies actually use it.

Try getting a job in LA as a Final cut editor, see how many people laugh in your face.

I personally am not an editor, I couldn't care less about editing systems, but I have used both fcp and various avid systems. A professional avid system is worlds faster than some stock mac machine with fcp installed. Try learning them sometime and you will see what I mean.

There are really only two reasons amateurs use fcp, it's cheap, and everything is drag and drop. As a professional, you don't want a cheap system, and you definitely don't need drag and drop. Avid is reliable, fast, and preforms every time, that's why people use it despite the company being a bunch of blowholes.

FINALLY, PLEASE don't bring up directors that insist on editing their own movies. It's pretentious, and in bad taste.

A director can write, dp, cast himself, and then edit a movie, but it only makes him an a--hole that can't see why people fall asleep during his films (cough cough, benjamin button).

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