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iPhone activations plummet by 33% in the US as Apple loses ground against Android devices

Recent data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) indicates a decline in iPhone activations in the US, with Apple's market share dropping to 33% in Q1 2024, the lowest since 2017.

Updated on: Apr 25 2024, 13:10 IST
iPhone activations in the US hit a six-year low as Android devices dominate the market. (AFP)

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Recent data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) paints a concerning picture for Apple's iPhone in the US. The report indicates a significant decline in iPhone activations, pushing Apple's market share of new smartphone activations back to levels last seen six years ago.

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The Numbers Speak: iPhone's Slide and Android's Rise

CIRP's latest report, published on its Substack platform, reveals a notable shift in the smartphone landscape. While Apple's iPhone activations stood at a robust 40% in the first two quarters of 2023, they have since declined to 33% in the first quarter of 2024. This means that Android devices now account for a staggering two out of every three new smartphone activations in the US. Such figures haven't been observed for Apple since 2017, reported 9to5mac.

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Understanding the Decline

Several factors are believed to contribute to this decline in iPhone activations. CIRP suggests that Apple's focus on enhancing iPhone quality, while commendable, might not have been matched with the introduction of compelling new features. This lack of innovation could be deterring potential customers from upgrading to the latest iPhone models.

Additionally, the transparency of phone purchase plans seems to have played a role in the trend. Many consumers are now more informed about the actual costs and are choosing to hold onto their current devices for longer, delaying the upgrade cycle. Interestingly, this trend appears to have affected iPhone users more significantly than their Android counterparts.

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What Does This Mean for Apple?

The diminishing activation rates pose a significant challenge for Apple, particularly considering the importance of the US market to its global smartphone sales. With Android offering a plethora of devices across various price ranges and functionalities, Apple finds itself in a fiercely competitive environment.

Apple may need to reconsider its strategy to regain its lost ground. This could involve accelerating innovation, introducing features that resonate with consumers, or revising its pricing and upgrade policies to attract new customers and retain existing ones.

While Apple remains a prominent player in the global smartphone industry, the recent decline in iPhone activations in the US underscores the growing dominance of Android.

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First Published Date: 25 Apr, 13:10 IST