So it's been a few days since Apple's event and I have a few additional thoughts on my prior blurb regarding my curiosity of how this impacts Android mostly how this impacts Android OEMs.
Samsung is running ads telling "Apple Fans" to thank them for the new large screen phones, coincidentally there's a strong chance many of the customers Samsung has will end up gravitating toward these large screen iPhones, resulting in a further reduction of sales for the firm. This is the best guess considering Samsung sales have been consistently dropping year over year why would someone go toward purchasing a low end large screen device from Samsung when they could get a high end large screen device from Apple?
Recently news has spread that the iPhone 6+ (or is it 6 Plus?) has simply sold out in preorders in the span of a few hours there isn't much news of Samsung selling out of any Galaxy devices small or large. Though this is the first run and it's possible that Apple has a limited supply of these devices that have since landed on shore. But considering that Apple generally sells out of iPhones rapidly and has historically announced how they count their sales as those that go to consumers (unlike Samsung and most recently Microsoft), what will be interesting is when Apple announces their sales numbers the weekend of September 19, 2014, could they possibly sell more than 5 million devices from Friday through Sunday?
There's a very strong chance that Apple will conceivably take the customers that opted for the larger screens of rival devices into their ecosystem and the effects won't be known immediately though the effects will be known soon enough. Then the question regarding the media is, are they smart enough to apply context? Based on historical trends they've proved that they aren't which will be interesting when the headlines are developed. We'll see soon.
Then there's the Apple Watch, a gorgeous and interesting piece of technology one that I'm looking forward to using once it's available. Though many are whining (literally whining like spoiled rich kids), there's a lot that could come from this in the years ahead, considering that this is version 1.0 of the Apple Watch and seeing all of the "This is how Steve Jobs would've presented this" articles come as a bit of a shock, but also expected from many who lack the common sense to conceivably think, let alone their inability to let the man rest in peace.
Has anyone proven the point of wearables? Not really, companies such as Samsung, Motorola, and LG haven't really answered the question of what the point is for a wearable device. Samsung is on their sixth wearable in a year and with Apple releasing theirs will likely release a seventh that looks eerily familiar. It's not safe to say Apple has answered the question of "is this necessary?". Though there's one feature that many have not spoken in detail about recently and that's Apple Pay...something I'll get to soon.
The watch is intriguing and from what has been stated as many have seen it up close is something that without a doubt sell. Now there are articles suggesting that this won't replace the Rolex but that's not the goal, it's a fashionable timepiece, there's a strong likelihood someone who owns a rolex owns other timepieces as well, you'd have to be incredibly dense to make the suggestion or consideration that this is something that will replace such a watch. That being said the Apple watch will sell in the millions, and as people eventually calm down from their excessive whining and deriding the second, third, and likely fourth versions will produce what everyone has been clamoring for, hopefully this will shut them up even if it's for a day.
That day won't come anytime soon unfortunately, but the inevitable arrival of Apple Pay is very interesting, as it's coming in a time where next year banks will be shifting to chip and pin technology where retailers will have to upgrade their systems to terminals that in many cases accept NFC payments. So you have a fashionable timepiece that provides quite a few functions for the user including the ability to tap the main button on the watch and simply swipe your wrist across a pay terminal without the issue of taking out a wallet, then credit card, then swiping, then showing your id, then placing them all back. At the moment this will look like a novelty, until everyone begin to do this on a regular basis.
There will undoubtedly be a cry of "Apple taking and storing your fingerprint" which is not how Touch ID works, not that many people would ask or simply google fingerprint authentication or biometric security. Not many companies will actually be able to simply copy such a feature. The chorus will mainly come from individuals who have zero technical knowledge at a basic level, so their cries are essentially null and void.
Apple has provided a feature that come October will conceivably show real world promise of a new way of paying for items. With these services in mind many will say NFC has been in Android phones for the past few years and that's true but why haven't they caught onto the mainstream? Why has everyone been waiting on Apple to adopt NFC? Is it safe to say that the people who constantly deride Apple are contradicting themselves when they say Apple needs to adopt a certain technology or release a specific device in order for the market to move forward and improve?
It's been shown article after article from Mashable to FastCompany to TNW and many others, the mass market doesn't have faith in Samsung or Google, so no matter how many commercials Samsung releases putting down "Apple Fans" they still have to answer to their significant drop in sales year over year. It's obvious the commercials haven't worked before and aren't working now otherwise the iPhone 5S wouldn't have outsold the Samsung Galaxy S5 this summer and that just so happens to be the problem Samsung and many others are facing.
Now with the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and iPhone 6 and 6+, Apple essentially has the products people want. It's a desirable brand, not one making cheap knockoffs or simply cheap products, Samsung will suggest to thank them for the new larger screened iPhones, it's probable Samsung should thank Apple for just about everything there's no doubt their copy machines are warming up.
People will continue to purchase Samsung products regardless of their quality as many have somewhat of an "affiliation" with the brand regardless of their overall practices. Many will ignore the fact of Samsung's fingerprint sensor having been hacked and not as secure as Apple's Touch ID system. Many will ignore the fact of the quality of Samsung's products being inferior to that of HTC. Android OEMs will continue to sell because of the preference of the brand, but many of these customers will soon make the leap to the iOS ecosystem, something as an inevitability, again not all, but many. Smartphones are approaching the point of being at it's maturity, Apple realizes that which is why there's a growing importance around the ecosystem hence the purchase of Beats, the stronghold of iTunes, the introduction of Apple Pay and their reaching out to developers.
We'll find out soon enough how this impacts Android OEMs and the narrative surrounding the story.