Perhaps you have a friend or co-worker who devoted a nano second to studying the smartphone market and declared, “It’s just like Windows vs. the Mac. Android wins, iPhone loses.”
The sentiment says, “Don’t go there, Kate” but in reality, the declaration is only half true. Android is to the iPhone exactly as Windows is to the Mac.
It should be clear by now that the Mac never lost anything to Windows except marketshare, which most thinking adults realize is merely one measurement of a product’s performance in the market, and not always a good one at that. Marketshare does not always equate to profits. Profits are always profits.
In fact, even comparing Windows to the Mac or Android to the iPhone is based upon an erroneous, misconstrued perspective. Windows is an operating system that runs on many different PC devices. The Mac is Apple’s personal computer line. Android is an operating system that runs on many different smartphone and tablet devices. The iPhone is Apple’s personal computer line.
How is it that Android is to the iPhone as Windows is to the Mac?
It’s not an equivalent comparison, but its close. Windows marketshare at one time topped 95-percent before falling on hard times as the mobile industry eclipsed the PC industry in units sold. Microsoft made untold billions on Windows and Office with that monopoly.
What of Apple’s Mac?
The Mac also prospered, but not marketshare. The Mac owns about half the PC industry’s profitshare on roughly 15-percent of marketshare. Clearly, Microsoft and Apple prospered with Windows and the Mac.
Android device marketshare is pushing toward 85-percent while the iPhone makes up most of the remaining share. Unlike Microsoft, very few companies make a profit on Android. Google’s revenue and profits are nominal, Samsung’s have fallen on hard times, and every other maker of an Android-based device struggles to break even.
Meanwhile, most estimates put Apple’s share of the smartphone and tablet industry’s profits at around 80-percent, which makes it even better than the Mac’s performance in the PC industry. Microsoft made a killing with Windows and Office, but has almost no presence in the rapidly growing mobile device business. Google and Samsung make some profits in the smartphone and tablet industry, but, as with the PC industry, Apple owns the vastly more important profitshare.
In a way, Android is to iPhone as Windows is to Mac, except that Apple is the only company to win on both fronts.
Oh, one more thing.
I should have mentioned something about malware. 99-percent of the world’s PC malware resides on Windows PCs, not the Mac. Likewise, 99-percent of the world’s smartphone malware resides on Android devices, not the iPhone.