Every year, many people switch their smartphone ecosystem from iPhone to Android or the opposite way. However, this year Apple seems to be more compelling option than ever.
The early sales numbers show growth in Apple iPhone sales, and Apple has even ramped up the production by 10% to meet the demand of the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models. This is like back in the old days when Apple surprised themselves every year by selling more iPhones than expected. This year, there are legitimate reasons for that.
Price is the first reason. As every other manufacturer is rising their prices, Apple is keeping theirs the same. When you can get the proper status symbol with a fruit logo on the back for only a few hundred more, why would you buy a Samsung or a Pixel?
Apple Watch is now in the class of its own. And it only works on an iPhone. It looks like Google has given up with the WearOS and there are no interesting new models showing up. Samsung uses their own watch without Google apps like Fit. Who wants to add Samsung apps to their phone if they don’t already have a Samsung? Apple seems to be the only choice right now for those who want to use a smartwatch.
Features. Apple hasn’t passed Android phones yet but they are getting closer. Dark mode, triple cameras, fake emails for apps to add privacy, better water resistance and much improved battery life. Add this to the ones they already had over Android, superior performance, better accessory options, superior build quality and updates for five years. They are even doing most of the features right or more right than their competitors.
Sustainability. Every company has to polish their shields. Apple however has done some actual improvements. The iPhone 11 Pro models are more modular than ever. Single components seem to be replaceable and it doesn’t look like the whole phone must be swapped every time something breaks inside.
These are just a few examples and the users that have used iPhone and Android phones side by side lately, surely can add more to that list. I switched my number 2 phone to Android a year ago and have only Android since. I don’t think I’m going to get an iPhone any time soon but maybe this year will push Google to improve more.