If you own a smartphone, odds are very good that you have one of two operating systems: Android or iOS (or Apple). For years, it seemed like Apple and its iPhone were poised to monopolize the smartphone market, but recently that has started changing and the results are quite surprising.
According to analysis by Kantar Worldpanel, it appears that Apple's iOS system is actually losing ground in the smartphone markets around the world, leaving Android poised to take over market share for a change. Statista noted that in several key markets, Apple is losing ground with decreases in the U.S. of 3.7% and in the U.K. (Great Britain) of 5.7%. Thanks to new phones by Samsung, LG and even Motorola, Android has actually made quite the surge in the past year. Market share in Japan is equal to almost half of the market at 51.5%, compared to around 57% of the smartphone market a year earlier. Declines can also be noted in France, Italy and Spain as well.
The main exception though, is China, where iOS has shown a 4.4% surge in 2017 over the prior year, thus making China the only true growth market for Apple. That's not to say China is the only market with any growth for Apple though: iOS has shown small gains in market share in Brazil, Mexico and Germany.
Given these stats, as well as its current position as of the most significant components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, I would say that it's time to stop viewing Apple as a growth stock, and embrace it as one of the only true value technology companies out there. Despite what the talking heads say, there is no way one can truly "get rich" with Apple anymore because that ship has sailed. You can now only ride waves on pullbacks in valuation. This is not to say it is a bad stock choice; I just truly think that the time has come for analysts to stop getting so excited over tweaks the company makes to its operating system and its iPhone models and stop calling them "revolutionary" for the stock's long-term growth. We're already there, people.
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