Apple's U.S. market share dropped ahead of iPhone X

Apple's U.S. market share dropped ahead of iPhone X

Apple's U.S. market share dropped ahead of iPhone X

Unfortunately, buyers were anticipating a larger than usual price tag so they made a decision to hold off on their purchases until the iPhone X was available to buy. There have been a number of minor issues raised on Apple discussion boards, as well as disappointment that services such as Apple Pay Cash, which allows payments via text message, were not available at launch.

33% of users are still running last year's iOS 10, with a further 8% using even older versions of the software. This was the period when Android handset manufacturers enjoyed a large amount of traction, with an 8.2 percent increase in mobile sales, while Windows Mobile sales continued to drop.

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The one bright spot for Apple in the quarter was China, where its share climbed half a percent to 17.4%.

The dataset claims that in those three months, Android held 66.2 percent of the US -sold smartphones, with Apple holding 32.9 percent.

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This, the analyst outfit claims, is largely due to the fact that the iPhone X wasn't made available until the end of October, along with the fact that the iPhone 8 - which was available in September - offered few upgrades compared to the iPhone 7.

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It noted that this was reflected in the percentage of iPhone owners still waiting to upgrade in October, at 35.3% against 30.1% at the same time past year. Tell us down in the comments.

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