This is an odd argument that makes sense. Apple is helping to save the rest of the smartphone industry because iPhones are the highest priced smartphones. Ron McElfresh explains:
The entire smartphone industry– from low end no-name brands pushing sub-$100 Android-based smartphones of dubious quality, to Samsung’s latest Galaxy-whatever line– has fallen under Apple’s umbrella. As the industry leader in premium priced smartphones, Apple has given needed breathing room to Android devices to stop dropping prices and the trend is toward higher prices.
Why are higher prices good?
What the industry is experiencing now is a movement toward more expensive flagship smartphones. Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, and others, including Google with Pixel 2, have pushed prices higher on their premium brands, and held prices steady on their mid-range brands.
Profits keep the industry’s players afloat. Apple’s prices are highest so other smartphone manufacturers have more room for profits.