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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 hugo_stiglitz on 1/28/2013 10:42:12 AM , Rating: 3
You're right. Apple targets the high-end and they USE to own the high-end. Not anymore. Their marketshare is dwindling in that market. The competition has caught up. And it doesn't appear as though Apple currently has anything up its sleeve to restore it to its former glory. All this is currently reflected in its stock price.

In a few years, iOS will be run on approximately 10% of devices. A small niche.

RE: to be expected
By Tony Swash on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 12:38:10 PM , Rating: 3
That was the Apple that innovated and put out products that were ahead of the competition. Today's Apple is the Apple that is relying on past achievements and regurgitating the same product with slight spec increases that is BEHIND the competition. Good luck with hanging on past acheivement though. It served RIM and Palm well in the mobile space. ;) What you are seeing now is the tide turning.

RE: to be expected
By TakinYourPoints on 1/28/2013 6:16:09 PM , Rating: 1
From the Fool blog:

What these results do show, though, is a company that is experiencing margin compression in an age of heightened competition.

Margin compression came from selling a major product revision, not from trying to undercut competition. This similar margin decline happened every Summer and Spring quarter whenever they'd launch a new major product revision (iPhone 4, iPad 3, etc) and margins would increase in subsequent quarters. Its all public record. The important difference is that the 2012 revisions all launched during the holiday quarter, something they hadn't done before. There is no other reason why they'd make the same net profit (13BN) while making more gross revenue (45BN to 55BN) and increasing iDevice sales YoY.

Competition isn't driving their margins down, the iPhone costs as much for carriers as it ever has. Increased production costs are currently driving their margins down.

This guy has no idea what he's talking about. His solutions for Apple: buy Facebook or start a new social network. Ridiculous.

RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 6:58:13 PM , Rating: 2

And when the low end iPhone comes out, its not because they are chasing marketshare. It's because of ... Which what now wait!

RE: to be expected
By TakinYourPoints on 1/28/13, Rating: 0
RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 8:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
Get your threads straight. That is the topic to the thread you replied proceeded to pick a separate non related issue on a link

RE: to be expected
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 3:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough, then you post articles that are relevant to the subthread topic, not irrelevant and poorly reasoned posts like the Fool blog. :)

RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/29/2013 7:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
IF you read teh article, you would know it followed another topic in this thread that Apple is no longer better than the competitors.

"What differentiated Apple from the rest only a year ago was the company's perceived ability to create products that would redefine an area of technology and ultimately force its competition to follow in its tracks. The case today, though is far different . Google, Microsoft, and others have developed products and software that do not follow in Apple's footsteps, but rather walk alongside the acclaimed leader. "

RE: to be expected
By menting on 1/28/2013 12:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
uhh, in your dreams maybe.
If Apple does not chase market share, they would not be boasting about their market share nor how many iOS devices are activated every day.

RE: to be expected
By Tony Swash on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
RE: to be expected
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/28/2013 1:47:01 PM , Rating: 2

No one cares..

RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 2:37:42 PM , Rating: 3
Tony, why do you bother typing ? No-one reads all the crap you write. they see your name and know its a one sided 1/2 truth and pass. Really, just save yourself some time and copy/paste the same thing in every post. "Apple is the best, and they can do no wrong".

If you could just be objective once in a while it would go a long way toward people not thinking you are here on an agenda, but you just cant see to do it.

RE: to be expected
By Dorkyman on 1/28/2013 3:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
In fairness to Tony, I enjoy reading his posts because he does write well and offers a different point of view.

My question, Tony, is suppose a few years from now Apple's market share in smartphones is 8% but profitable. Would you be pleased with that scenario?

RE: to be expected
By retrospooty on 1/28/2013 3:33:45 PM , Rating: 5
"he does write well "

That's why we know he's full of s$#t. He is obviously an intelligent person. He is well spoken/written and obviously smart. His posts are very smartly crafted to spread disinformation, show one side of the story, downplay anything bad that happened to Apple and overplay anything bad that happened to a competitor. He is way too smart to have such a closed mind. If he was just some dullard you could chalk it up to that, but he isn't. Whatever his agenda here is, he is doing it on purpose.

RE: to be expected
By nafhan on 1/28/2013 5:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not reading your whole deal, but this is completely untrue:
Moreover Apple's recent success, not to mention it's longevity in the tech business, has never been the result of achieving market share.
The times where Apple's cash reserves were lowest and their future most in doubt coincided almost perfectly with the low points in their market share. It would not be unreasonable to say that Apple making it through their previous low point was almost pure luck. If a couple things had gone differently in the 90's, there would be no Apple computer today.

Likewise, they recently had nearly 50% of the smartphone and 90+% of the tablet market, and along with this came unprecedented profits.

Apple might not chase market share (despite your seeming certainty, you don't know that, nor do I), but they do VERY poorly when they don't have it. That's a fact.

RE: to be expected
By hugo_stiglitz on 1/28/2013 1:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying Apple is in any financial trouble. Will they continue to pull in massive profits? Of course. But will they continue to be the juggernaut that they've been these past few years (who's stock was on track to reach $1000 in some investor's hopeful eyes)? Not likely.

BTW you don't need to try to convince me, I don't own any Apple stocks :P

Maybe try convincing those investor's that have lost their confidence in Apple and are selling off their shares.

RE: to be expected
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/28/2013 1:12:12 PM , Rating: 2
Apple does not chase market share. Period.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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