OK, we know we can’t get over it. Yes, the numbers from Net Applications. It is truly amazing (and hard to comprehend!) that in 5 short months, the iPhone not only matched, but opened up a huge lead on Microsoft, Symbian and Palm COMBINED. These are platforms that have been around for up to a decade…when the net was first catching on in the mobile space.
Then Apple releases their little device and it’s all over. The Wall Street Journal hypothesizes why:
Companies have been making mobile devices that run Windows since 1996, according to Computer World [ed – it is Computerworld!!! – everything has gone to pot since Rupert moved in], and three million of the devices were shipped in the first quarter of 2007 alone, according to research company Gartner. Here’s some more perspective: There are approximately 1.25 billion Internet users worldwide. IPhone owners are the first people with a mobile phone to view Web pages at the same rate at people using a PC.
It’s obvious that people have a need for Web access even when they aren’t at their desks or at home or wherever else they have a PC. We think that businesses could make their employees more productive by making sure that the mobile devices they give them have a full-fledged browser. We’re not saying companies should go out and buy everyone an iPhone – although if you do we’d love to hear about it. But presumably, it’s just a matter of time until an iPhone-like browser is a standard feature on mobile devices.
Yes, it is the browser. It is like a PC. IF you don’t own one, you don’t understand. Mobile Safari has changed everything. Good thing we called it back in May.