For those of us stuck in the dark ages, – also known as the users of the iPhone 4 and beyond -, this should not be surprising to say the least. Apple’s closed iOS programming system is significantly less popular than its leading competitor Android, with Android coming out on top with an 81.5% market share, (Apple’s is only14.8%). Apple’s desire to overtake the open and generative Android corporation in market sales and popularity globally has meant the conglomerate must be always and continually advancing.
For users of Apple products, this can seem like a never-ending cycle. As one device is purchased, a new and more technologically advanced one is released in a month or so. This can be costly (and stressful), as the Sydney Morning Herald has reported that one of Australia’s major telco’s, Telstra, has named a price, “its lowest-tier plan is $87 per month for the 16GB iPhone 6s, including 1GB of data per month over two years.”
So is that ‘new phone’ feeling worth it? I personally am happy to be back in the ‘dark ages’ with my trusty and yet not so technologically advanced iPhone 4.
- Mitew, T., 2014, ‘iOS vs Android: The Two Futures of the Mobile Net’, Lecture /YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, 8 September 2014, viewed September 12th 2015, via <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93_KfPDwpu4&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=24>