It just wasn’t that many years ago when we computer users were caught up in the Mac vs. Windows PC wars. That war ended. Microsoft was declared the winner by none other than Steve Jobs himself. Apple’s penalty for losing to Microsoft was to become the most valuable technology gadget maker on the planet, and the Mac is the most profitable personal computer line on the planet.
Today the computing was has shifted dramatically, and Microsoft is spending billions to catch up with Apple and Google’s Android OS, the two dominant operating systems in mobile computing (smart phones and tablets).
Apple has a killer feature that is so good that when compared, Android looks like a complete failure.
It’s Apple’s built-in updater. It’s how iPhone and iPad users get their devices updated from one iOS version to another, such as iOS 5.x to the recently released iOS 6.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then what is this graphic worth? It displays web traffic from iOS devices in the month after iOS 6’s release.
The graph shows iOS6 adoption rate among all iOS users is already 60-percent. That kind of adoption is unheard of.
The online advertising network Chitika measured iOS device usage on the web to create the graph.
Compare the 60-percent adoption rate for iOS devices with the latest version of Android OS which hovers around 2-percent for Jelly Bean, released three months ago. The previous version of Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, is still less than 20-percent and ICS was released a year ago.
Apple’s killer feature is the updater, which enables users to get the latest iOS version quickly and easily, even on devices as old as the iPhone 3GS which was released over three years ago.
The message is clear. Buy an iPhone or iPad and you get the latest iOS version, easily updated year after year. Buy a non-Google Android OS smartphone or tablet, and to get the latest version you’re better off buying a new device.