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IOS popularity slips in Singapore and Hong Kong

Many have criticized Apple for the iPhone 5 claiming that the device wasn't sufficiently different from previous generations. The latest version of iPhone did have a slightly larger screen and support LTE technology, but had nothing to really set itself apart from Android devices that had been on the market for well over a year or previous iterations of the iPhone.

Apple is now starting to feel the heat in Asia as more and more consumers in Singapore and Hong Kong are moving away from the iPhone to competing devices. Reuters reports that a combination of iPhone fatigue and a desire to be different are driving some consumers to alternative devices. Rumors also attribute a huge variety of competing devices as another reason why consumers in Asia are moving away from the iPhone.

In 2010, more devices in Singapore ran iOS per capita than any other city in the world. Recently, StatCounter calculated that Apple's share of the mobile device market in Singapore including the iPhone and iPad have declined sharply in the last year. In 2012, Apple's share of the market in Singapore peaked at 72% in January.

This month, Apple's share of the mobile device market in Singapore had fallen to 50% with Android devices now accounting for 43% of the market. This time last year, Android devices were 20% of the market in Singapore.

According to Reuters, much of Asia typically follows the lead of Hong Kong and Singapore. Apple iOS devices and Hong Kong now account for 30% of the total device market, down from 45% a year ago while Android accounts for almost two-thirds of the market.

Source: Reuters

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RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 10:05:38 AM , Rating: 5
Yup... Apple had a home-run in 2007, and through 2011 they kind of had the best thing going. That is a long run and the profits were well earned. Now the competition has passed them by with superior phones, screens and OS and a plethora of better features. Apple needs to go back to the drawing boards and bring their crayons and come out with better products with better features before they lose more ground. There is plenty, plenty time, but they need to start, because product development doesn't happen overnight.

RE: to be expected
By degobah77 on 1/28/2013 10:18:04 AM , Rating: 3
Apple will remain a niche product company after the rest of the world moves on. Brand loyalists should be happy with that on both sides.

RE: to be expected
By xti on 1/28/2013 11:01:53 AM , Rating: 2
niche? i mean, its not a coconut that lets you make calls!!

RE: to be expected
By degobah77 on 1/28/2013 11:37:56 AM , Rating: 2
Mine as well be. There's only one iPhone. I think a lot of people will forget about the whole iDevice thing. It was already getting old and now it's just annoying.

RE: to be expected
By xti on 1/28/2013 11:44:57 AM , Rating: 1
how is it annoying? Because you dont like apple? its a modern phone whether it appeals to you or not.

annoying would make a call, and when it connects...a cinder block falls on your foot.

RE: to be expected
By degobah77 on 1/28/2013 11:48:32 AM , Rating: 5
I'll take the coconut instead.

RE: to be expected
By althaz on 1/28/2013 3:08:22 PM , Rating: 4
The thing is, it's NOT a modern phone. Android has been continually updated and improved, to the point it is no longer recognizable (this is good, it was crap).

Apple have updated the hardware (and done a good job with that for the most part), but the software is horribly outdated.

Android has taken queues from things like the Palm Pre and Windows Phone 7/8 and improved their user experience, Apple has not changed their OS with the times. It's old-fashioned, outdated and less user-friendly than the competition.

Hopefully that changes in the near future.

RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 3:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
", Apple has not changed their OS with the times. It's old-fashioned, outdated and less user-friendly than the competition."

Bingo... And the few things that they did improve on were copied from Android, like notifications. What really makes me laugh is the press announcement of the iPhone 5. "with this larger screen we now have an additional new row of icons "[the crowds gasps] Wow. 4x6 icons. What an amazing development that IS thinking different. ;)

RE: to be expected
By ZmaxDP on 1/28/2013 7:15:55 PM , Rating: 1
Just FYI...

You meant: "Android has taken cues from things..." A queue is a line, and no one likes lines...


RE: to be expected
By ShaolinSoccer on 1/29/2013 11:48:01 AM , Rating: 2
Apple likes lines.

RE: to be expected
By xti on 1/28/2013 8:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
UI having less customization cant be enough to not call it a modern phone. LTE, dual cameras, voice stuff, gps, email...i mean that is what makes a modern phone more than

RE: to be expected
By Targon on 1/29/2013 12:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
No. A modern device is not one that just has new and competitive hardware, it is also easier to use with new features. Palm died because webOS came too late to save the company, and there was not enough money left to properly advertise and improve build quality in time to avoid death. RIM has suffered due to a similar problem, and it will take a couple of years to see if BB 10 will be enough to save it.

User Interface is something that MUST evolve over time. Being stagnant is what kills a company, since the competition will continue to push to improve. The days when a screen full of icons was acceptable as a user interface SHOULD be long gone.

Android is continuing to evolve, and has become easier to use. Windows on phones is evolving, and while many may not care for it, they also can't claim it is not at least innovative. MacOS on the desktop and laptops has been at updated versions of 10 since 2001, and has not really changed all that much, except for some additions. iOS hasn't really changed all that much since the original, except for adding some features. Windows on the desktop and phones has changed quite a bit with version 8, in the attempt to break the pattern of stagnant design.

Siri with the iPhone 4S was the last time on iOS that there was a new feature with any "wow" factor to it. A 4 inch 9:16 ratio phone isn't being innovative. Newer faster processors are a given, not really being innovative, except in terms of HOW to get better performance out of a processor, but newer/faster, or higher resolutions, or larger by themselves is not being innovative.

If you put Windows 98 on a new computer(with drivers), it would still be an old OS design, even on new hardware. We feel this way because there HAVE been significant improvements since then.

RE: to be expected
By xti on 1/30/2013 11:01:50 AM , Rating: 2
agree to disagree i guess. Google play store isnt evolving in not being left out due to apple exclusive titles with that argument.

RE: to be expected
By RjBass on 1/28/2013 6:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'm no fan of iDevices, but that comment deserves a 6.

RE: to be expected
By tamalero on 1/28/2013 11:57:18 AM , Rating: 1
its not only about that.. its also caused by MARKET SATURATION.
when everyone who wants to be cool, already has the cool phone.. it ceases to be cool.

in Syndrome's words.. "Everyone can be super, and when everyone is super... noone will be"

RE: to be expected
By Sazabi19 on 1/28/2013 12:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
Incredibles reference, I like it. Almost surprised Pixar wasn't sued for the big "i" on their uniforms yet.

RE: to be expected
By pw38 on 1/28/2013 2:00:08 PM , Rating: 2
Steve Jobs was their majority share holder before they were purchased by Disney, which made him the largest shareholder in Disney. I doubt the issue ever arose.

RE: to be expected
By chµck on 1/28/2013 2:39:20 PM , Rating: 1
Read: Yup, Apple was great until Steve Jobs died and suddenly no one in upper management at Apple had any standards.

RE: to be expected
By Trisped on 1/28/2013 6:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has been going this way for a while.

They sit on an ever increasing pile of cash, yet do not reduce the cost of their phones or invest in new features (like WPS support for WiFi connections).

It seems like every time Apple is in the news I am reminded of the last time Jobs left Apple. Hopefully Cook can get a plan, because he obviously cannot ride Jobs coat tails for much longer.

RE: to be expected
By Trisped on 1/28/2013 6:41:18 PM , Rating: 3
... or invest in new features (like WPS support for WiFi connections).
Should be ... or invest in additional new features (like WPS support for WiFi connections).
Apple invests in some new features, but they are fairly limited compared to features added to other smart phone devices.

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