http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217929/Elgan_The_rise_and_rise_and_rise_of_Apple_s_iOS The rise and rise (and rise) of iOS; Apple poised to take over mainstream computing iPhone “and Apple’s other mobile devices that run the iOS are succeeding beyond anyone’s predictions,” Mike Elgan reports for Computerworld. “Apple says the iOS is currently installed on more than 200 million devices.” “In the first quarter of this year, Android phone market share declined nearly 3%, while iOS’s share rose by more than 12%. Android still has nearly half the smartphone market, and Apple significantly less than that (about 30%), Elgan reports. “These changing fortunes could represent a temporary blip caused by Apple’s availability on Verizon. Or it could be a trend. A recent survey measuring Web traffic by various devices found that some 97% of all tablet traffic in the United States comes from iPads. And if you think that’s high, the number is 100% in Japan and 99% in the UK. (The global average is 89%.)” “The success of iOS devices thus far is nothing compared with what’s coming. One report says Apple has ordered two manufacturers to build enough iPhone 5 handsets to sell 15 million in the first month of sales. The new phone is expected to launch in August or September,’ Elgan reports. “A study coming from the Yankee Group next month finds that about 40% of all smartphone buyers in Europe say they intend to buy an iPhone next time they buy a phone. A reasonably credible rumor from a blogger in China says that China’s biggest carrier, China Mobile, will soon announce a deal to sell the iPhone 5… Apple currently dominates the tablet market, having sold 25 million iPads to date and possibly over 14 million more iPads in the third quarter. But one analyst believes Apple will sell a billion of them.” Elgan reports, “It’s clear that Apple’s iOS is beyond successful, and threatens to dominate global mobile sales in the foreseeable future. The reason this is significant is that as Apple comes to dominate mobile computing, mobile computing increasingly dominates computing in general… In other words, Apple’s iOS is poised to take over mainstream computing.” ------------------------------------------------------------------- Those are some impressive numbers. What is most interesting is the projection of 15 million iPhones sold in the first month. That's pretty bold.