Apple’s iPhone 5 surge with iOS 6

By Daniel Chubb - Aug 3, 2012

There is no doubt that Apple fans will be looking forward to the second half of this year with both iPhone 5 and iOS 6 about to launch, and it will be a part of the year that’s likely to benefit Apple more than Android. This is due to Apple’s software getting one major update a year, iOS 6 up next, and the fact they launch just one phone a year, which has an expected release date this fall.

Some recent research has looked at Android’s market share before the iPhone 5 launches, and it clearly shows Android is peaking while iOS has gained a lot of ground. You can see the facts and figures below, but in a nutshell you will notice a massive jump for iOS from 23.2% to 33.2% year-on-year. In this same period we see that Android has dropped from 60.6% down to 56.3%, although Google’s OS is still the clear leader where mobile operating systems are concerned.

BlackBerry ruled the business market but has since been invaded by Android phones and even Apple, although some analysts believe that the iPhone 5 will launch into enterprise even more later on this year and next, so BlackBerry is likely to see a bigger drop in 2013. The Q2 results show BlackBerry OS at 6.5%, which is a drop from 10.5% last year, so things are not looking good for RIM.

If we take into account the drop for Android when comparing the Q2 to last year, and also the amount of people waiting for the iPhone 5 to release, 80 million users, then it is obvious that Apple’s growth will surge even more with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 both arriving in the next couple of months.

If you buy a new smartphone over the next 12 months, what do you think it will be? We are sure most of our readers would name an Android phone or iPhone 5, although when it comes to choice and price it seems that Android continues to have the edge. We’d also love to know what your current phone is, and if you’ll be changing brand over the next year.

It is worth noting that the figures shown above are thanks to research carried out by, which take a look at different Wireless smartphone strategies for the various brands.

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  • if you’re just playing with your phone, y’know, watching videos taking pics of friends & facebooking, then maybe an android is for you, however, i run a small business & put a great deal of pressure on my handset to perform, along with the above, i have texts & emails coming in crazy, calls & texts at the same time, I USE THE HELL OUT OF MY PHONE, & i’m sorry (not really) but androids dont stand up to all that usage in the long term…3 months tops before the complaints…AND DON’T CALL ME FANBOY i used androids for several years, evo, galaxy, moment, nexus…they just dont cut it.

  • Choice

    Its all on what you like. As an IT person I prefer my Samsung Galaxy S3. Love this phone! If you choose an iPhone make sure you pic the right color. If you go with Android, make sure you pic the right manufacture.

  • Jamieasche

    I think android is a lot better than iOS cause apple is so sensitive they don’t even put things like adobe flash player in the iOS browser. Think about it how many times have you been on safari and try to open something that uses Flash and it comes up with you need flash to view this content and there is so many more things you can do on android that you can’t do on iOS.

    • Bmfb

      Ahem.. did you know Android also removed support for Flash?

  • Niggas

    I have a Samsung galaxy s2 which I chose because I hate iOS because you can do so many things the iPhone can’t do like view flash content on the Internet. Seriously how many times have you gone on safari on ios and tried to watch a flash video. I think android is a lot better than iOS but I guess it’s a personal choice which operating system/phone you chose

  • I have an iPhone 4S and I am in love with it. I always have been. There are phones out there like the Droid Razr and I believe the new google phone that have some great features but I don’t think anything could steer me away from Apple at this point. I have been with them for over 5 years now and couldn’t ask for anything more. 

  • Bongo

    I have a iPhone 3GS which gets slower everyday. Just got a Google unlocked phone to replace it because I couldn’t wait for th iPhone 5 any longer and did not want a 4s.

  • Samboy

    I and my wife having iPhone 4 and 4s. we are very happy with it. in 6 month or a year may be we will be upgrading our smarphones. we may wait for iPhone 5s if not the iPhone 5 that apple would release soon.

  • Cinnamon

    Apple’s ecosystem is – by far far far – the best. Screen size, extra bits of processor speed etc here or there are nothing but bullet points and tix boxes for comparison sites. Any owner of an iPhone who has truly invested in some of its apps and so on will know the user experience is simply leagues ahead of Android. I’m tired of the same spiel that “iPhone fanboys are sheep” etc. I will always go iPhone as I have invested in the ecosystem and am totally happy with it. This is why iPhone users upgrade and get the latest iteration. If somebody prefers Android’s ecosystem, then fair do’s. MOST Android users I know personally, say they opted for Android purely for the cheaper price – not because they felt it better than an iPhone.

    Both exist and will continue to do so. There are more PCs than Macs but universally Macs are seen as better. There are more McDonalds than Michelin Star restaurants so numbers are not everything.

    Phones are a luxury item as well as serving necessary functions in today’s age. In the respect, the iPhone is truly a choice that meets necessity (in a simple and intuitive way) with luxury (the style and appeal factor – that’s why it generate so much more hype before it’s release.)

    Well, this is just my opinion anyway. Each to their own.

  • Brandon

    I currently have a Blackberry Curve 9360 and it would be a great phone, if it would work properly! It keeps freezing and not letting me move the optical trackpad thing and is just really slow once yhou have it for a while thats why im changing phone to ‘the new iphone’ yay! Cant waitt!!!

  • Colin

    I refuse to go over to the dark side..IPhone IPhone  IPhone  IPhone  IPhone !!!!!

  • Scarface3010

    I have an iPhone4 and will be upgrading immediately to the iPhone 5 when it releases.

  • Sjobgrper

    I would go for the Porsche of smartphones ……..iPhone!,,!,,,