The company’s Android and iPhone devices are in a virtual state of perpetual decline.
Android devices in particular are a pain in the butt for the average user because they are often limited in functionality compared to the likes of the iPhone.
As of this writing, Android is the fourth most used operating system in the world and the most popular mobile platform in the US, according to StatCounter, which counts over 150 million apps installed on devices.
The iPhone, meanwhile, is the third most used mobile platform behind only Android and Windows.
Apple’s iPhone is one of the most successful smartphone platforms in history, but the company has been plagued by a number of hardware problems, most notably a faulty antenna for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.
In response to these issues, Apple has been trying to reinvent itself, but in doing so has made significant technical and financial sacrifices.
For instance, Apple’s flagship iPhone 5 is the second-smallest iPhone to be produced, after the iPhone 4.
Apple’s iPhone 5 cost $329 and launched in September 2018, well before the iPhone 6 launched in November.
Apple has also been making significant investments in the hardware of its devices, which have also been a significant expense for the company.
The recent acquisition of Beats by Apple, which allows Apple to sell headphones directly to customers, has led to significant costs for the Beats brand.
Apple has also invested heavily in its software and hardware teams, as it has been able to create products that rival Android devices and Windows PCs in terms of features and performance.
While it’s important to understand the costs and benefits of hardware and software, the real value lies in the experience that is created when users interact with these devices, not the hardware itself.
This article was originally published by Forbes India.
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