Hello there!! The weekend is here, another time for us to rant on any aspect of mobile. Apologies, we haven’t been consistent with the series. Today, we look at why iPhone users have refused to upgrade. Is it some form of charm or juju? Or does it mean that iPhone users are all so satisfied with their phones?
This rant was inspired by an article I read HERE. It said that nearly one-third of iPhone users are still using a 4-inch screen. Let me clarify: Remember that 4-inch iPhones consists of cthe iPhones 5, 5s, and 5c. This means that a huge percentage of users have refused to upgrade, or seen no need to. Look at a statistical chart showing some of the stated facts:
The big question is WHY? Why have many iPhone users refused to upgrade? We all know that iOS users enjoy the privilege of receiving updates. This adds new features to older devices. So can we say, iPhone users mostly see no need to upgrade, after all they get the latest features?
What of the app ecosystem in general? That lock-in whereby one has invested so much in apps and they find themselves in too deep they can’t get out? This issue doesn’t necessarily influence upgrading an iDevice, after all apps is software.
Can we agree that high prices is the reason why iPhone users haven’t upgraded? Or can we say they’re still locked in with the network contracts very common in the western world?
Lastly, maybe it is the Apple juju that is stopping users from upgrading. That same juju that locks them in the platform. Same charm that stops them from flirting with Android or any other platform out there. I’m strongly convinced that this may be the reason why Apple is preparing to release yet another 4-inch device this year. The new phone is expected to bring hardware upgrades for these small screen lovers.
Are there any iPhone users in the house? Have you upgraded your device recently? Your thoughts?