Apple and Android go head-to-head in this infographic by Lookout Mobile Security. Find out where these OSes have been and their projected sales growth through the end of 2012.
Infographic: The maturation of iOS and Android OS
Takeaway: This infographic by Lookout Mobile Security shows the history of iOS and Android, as well as the projected sales growth through 2012.
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Except that 2012 is nothing like 1992
In addition, the Mac OS never had far more software than Windows and neither did it ever have vastly more 3rd party hardware peripherals, accessories and add-ons than Windows PCs.
Back in 1992, it was most definitely not the case that 50% of homes in the USA had Apple products or that 48% of school kids aspired to owning a Mac. The Mac OS never had significantly more developers than Windows and Mac devs never made 6x more income than Windows devs.
All of these points are however actually the reality with Apple's iOS platform compared to Android as you can see from my other post below.
We have no idea how this is going to turn out, but at this stage iOS is neck and neck with Android in unit sales, iOS is ahead in installed base and Apple is capturing 75% of the profit share in the entire cell phone industry and there is no sign whatsoever that history is repeating itself.
Where is the iPod touch? Why only plot the iPhone?
Are analysts that dumb that they don't realize the iPod touch also runs iOS and apps just like the iPhone and the iPad?
And what is it with only plotting the iPhone against all Android phones? If they're comparing operating systems then for goodness sake compare operating systems and show the iPad and iPod touch as well.
Seeing that graph, what do people think? Why they think that Android is far larger than iOS and that developers will concentrate on that platform, so better go with Android as that is where the most seats are. Well guess what - that conclusion is completely false.
iOS has a larger installed base of 350 million iOS devices versus 300 million Android devices and quarterly sales that are right up there with Android.
Google may have activated 800,000 Android devices every day of the Christmas quarter, but Apple sold around 700,000 iOS devices per day (15.4 million iPads, 37 million iPhones and 8 million iPod touches) over that same timeframe.
The reason you compare operating system platforms is to compare the size of the respective app platforms, media platforms, web browsing platforms and content platforms. All three of Apple's iOS form factors need to be included if your comparison isn't to become a complete farce.
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