Apple Isn't Creating Tool to Help iPhone Users Switch to Android

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    Over the weekend, The Telegraph published a questionable rumor suggesting Apple was planning to develop a tool to help iPhone users switch to Android to appease major European telecoms operators. Citing a "senior industry source," the site said Apple had agreed to create a feature that would let customers transfer contacts, music, and photos from an iPhone to an Android device.

    The rumor gained enough traction to prompt Apple to step in and make a statement to Buzzfeed, clarifying that no iPhone to Android switching tool is under development.

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    As the Apple spokesperson says, Apple has been working hard to encourage Android users to switch to iPhone over the past few months, making the development of a tool to encourage the opposite nonsensical.

    In September, Apple launched a "Move to iOS" app to make it easier for Android users to switch to an iPhone, and before that, the company debuted a trade-in program that allows Android users to trade in their Android-based devices to receive a gift card towards the purchase of an iPhone.

    Apple's efforts have been successful, and Apple often shares details on the sizable number of Android users that have switched to the iPhone. During Apple's October earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 30 percent customers who purchased an iPhone and replaced a smartphone in Q4 2015 had switched from an Android device.

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  2. dwaltwhit macrumors regular

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    "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great."

    I love this company.
     
  3. iTom17 macrumors 6502a

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    Thank God! I mean, who the hell wants to switch to Android anyway? :rolleyes:
     
  4. FruitStandWarrior macrumors newbie

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    Android isn't making a switch to iOS app! But noooooo.....no one isn't complaining to them about it. -_____-
     
  5. NikeSG macrumors member

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    Completely nonsensical speculation. This would be the most counterproductive development that any company has undertaken. LOL.
     
  6. navaira macrumors 68020

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    What a shame this died so quickly, it was the best rumour of the year so far. So much could have been uncovered further, like Kitkat, Lollipop and Marshmallow versions of the app, special branded Samsung version and converting $ you spent on iOS apps to Google Play gift cards.
     
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  8. bladerunner2000 macrumors 6502a

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    Plenty of people, and thank god they exist as it gives apple a reason to improve their product... you know, like taking 7 years to allow users the option of having a custom keyboard.
     
  9. Karma*Police macrumors 65816

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    This rumor was a real head scratcher to begin with so I'm glad they put it to bed quickly.
     
  10. koruki macrumors 6502a

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    I heard a rumor that Apple was building an open API for samsung to get their latest designs straight from the Apple Design studio. Was tested recently during the design phase of the battery case
     
  11. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Maybe Apple was planning on making the app so bad that people will just give up switching to Android ;)
     
  12. Psyfuzz macrumors 6502

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    "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone"

    Fearless.
     
  13. eoblaed macrumors 65816

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    What next? We find out Apple isn't going to sell Androids in their stores? :eek:
     
  14. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    So they're not randomly picking one iPhone user to give $10M USD cash to either? Darn... here I was about to throw my dog out the window cause surely she can fly.
     
  15. inscrewtable macrumors 65816

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    This is the most risibly preposterous 'rumour' one (me for example) could imagine.
     
  16. libmanj macrumors member

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    The only thing that would make me switch to Android would be to get a smartphone with a standard headphone jack in the future.
     
  17. Mactendo macrumors 65816

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    The better response could be: "Yeah, we developed it, but Android is so buggy that we couldn't make a stable version".
     
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    "We really think that switching users from Android to iOS is the way to go because we're Apple." - Tim Cook
     
  20. Paradoxally macrumors 65816

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    Why would they create an app to make it EASIER to switch to their direct competition?

    If anything, they should focus on creating and refining apps/services that make it almost impossible for us to not switch from the Apple ecosystem because they are simply great.
     
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    Judging by the amount of switchers, people seem to agree with Cook.
     
  23. Solomani macrumors 68020

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    This is about as silly as the EU demanding that the European Catholic Church creates an app to help facilitate Christians into converting into Muslim Extremism.
     
  24. britboyj macrumors 6502a

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    The onus lies with Google to create this. Apple couldn't (without REALLY annoying regulators in Europe, which they don't want to do) deny such an app placement on the app store, assuming it followed all the other requirements.
     
  25. igorsky, Jan 11, 2016
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    And yet you haven't switched in 7 years...
     

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