Eating Apple, Asia-Style

In Asia’s trend-setting cities, iPhone fatigue sets in

In Singapore, Apple’s products were so dominant in 2010 that more devices here ran its iOS operating system per capita than anywhere else in the world.

But StatCounter, which measures traffic collected across a network of 3 million websites, calculates that Apple’s share of mobile devices in Singapore – iPad and iPhone – declined sharply last year. From a peak of 72 percent in January 2012, its share fell to 50 percent this month, while Android devices now account for 43 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in the same month last year.

In Hong Kong, devices running Apple’s iOS now account for about 30 percent of the total, down from about 45 percent a year ago. Android accounts for nearly two-thirds.

Yet Tim Cook has dismissed all that.

In his recent Apple Town Hall:

Cook discussed iOS’s integrated, reliable experience versus Android’s fragmentation with a plethora of devices.

Maybe people aren’t so much interested in that experience versus novelty or faster hardware improvements.

For certain things, does it really make a difference whether someone uses an iPhone or Android phone? Perhaps so.

But it seems people just don’t care, it’s good enough for them.

Or maybe Android is actually giving them some things that Apple refuses: like the ability to play AVI video, use Flash, and multi-windowing.

Another possible factor is the lower cost of switching — perhaps moving to an Android phone is less expensive than getting the newest iPhone? Can a phablet be cheaper than the iPhone 5 over there? I don’t know. But if iPhone resale values hold, it’s probably easy to switch without losing any money other than in iOS app investment (something that doesn’t seem to matter to people, either).

I’m not saying Apple is doomed. But it does seem to have some, um, vision problems at the moment, if these accounts are to be believed.

Previously here:

Eating Apple, With Fava Beans

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