Can Apple's Hardware Designer Save iOS?

As  lead designer behind every major product since the iMac, Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) Jony Ive, has undoubtedly played a crucial role in Apple's success. Now, with an expanded role that includes overseeing the iOS interface design, investors are hoping Ive can bring some of his magic to the software side of the business. Some suggest that Ive will, indeed, use his position to overhaul iOS 7. It's definitely needed; both Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone OS are gaining global market share far faster than iOS.

In the video below, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks explains what investors can expect from Ive in his expanded role.

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  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 11:31 AM, Jjkiam wrote:

    MSFT Windows Mobile OS gaining market share faster than IOS is a very misleading statement to make. They started out at a very small number and yes they may be growing that very small number on a percentage basis faster than Apple BUT please to imply that Window presents ANY threat in the near future to IOS in any way is completely untrue to try to imply. IOS doesn't need saving! It has been performing JUST fine. Add up the numbers in the last 6 months and you come up with almost 130 million new devices sold running the OS. Now how you sell that as a problem amazes me.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 11:40 AM, techy46 wrote:

    iOS is a really nice mobile OS but Windows 8 is also a very nice mobile OS that will eventually sell a billion or more copies. I'd say Android will win the OS giveaway freebie award with 2 billion copies, Windows will win the paid for license award with 1-2 billion copies and iOS/OSx will bring up the rear with 500m-1b copies on proprietary hardwrae devices.

  • Report this Comment On May 27, 2013, at 7:52 AM, Melci wrote:

    @techy46

    Of course the reality is that Apple has already sold 600 million iOS devices compared to Android's 900 million and Windows 8 for tablet and mobile's tiny hundreds of thousands.

    However, far more importantly, iOS has captured 78% of the mobile business market in Q1 2013, up from 69% in 2012. Android meanwhile has plunged to only 22% marketshare while Windows 8 hasn't even managed 1% marketshare.

    Likewise, iOS obliterates both Android and Windows in all the usage share metrics with 430% greater developer revenue than Android in Q4 2012, 3.5x greater web browser share, 80% of wifi connections, 80% of e-commerce revenue, 67% of in-app ad impressions etc etc.

    With 32.8 million Android devices infected with 65,000 different strains of malware in 2012, Android does beat even Windows 8 in the malware stakes though. :-)

    All in all, it is quite obvious that it is not iOS that needs saving, but rather the Android ecosystem, in all the metrics that actually matter.

    Windows 8 on phone and tablet? Well, let's just say that sales don't even qualify it for the status of "hobby" coming in with far less sales than even Apple's ongoing 4th branch of the iOS platform, the Apple TV.

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