Unless you've been living under a server farm for the past few months -- subsisting on Ethernet cables and waste heat -- you're probably aware that the iPhone 5 is likely to be released within the next month or so.
While many Android users likely wouldn't buy an iPhone under any circumstances, plenty aren't as wedded to that ecosystem. Here, then, are some possible ways Apple can draw users away from the Google platform.
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1. Latest and greatest syndrome
Regardless of the exact feature set the iPhone 5 launches with -- will it have 4G LTE? What about an outsized battery? -- there's no denying that Apple rollouts generally have no small degree of "wow" factor about them. Even if the finished product isn't substantially more technically impressive than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S III (arguably the current cream of the Android flagship phone crop), Apple's smooth integration and eye-catching design could sway some less gung-ho Androidians.
2. Sick of the upgrade grind
The now-common Android user predicament of having a modern, high-end device that nevertheless runs a badly outdated version of the operating system is a frustrating one. Thanks to the glacial pace at which wireless carriers approve updates to existing Android devices -- Verizon has yet to update its Galaxy Nexus phones to the latest standard, which was the express design goal of those phones -- means that you could be stuck with Gingerbread (Android Version 2.3) for a good long time, regardless of how cool Jelly Bean (Version 4.1) is. It's entirely possible that some users could get frustrated enough to ditch the ecosystem entirely -- particularly if the iPhone 5 lives up to its hype.
All but the most partisan of Android fans will admit that, whatever else they can say about Apple, their interface design is tweaked and polished to within an inch of its life -- almost every task you can do on an iPhone is handled in an intuitive, straightforward manner. If you don't think that's a big draw for the less technically savvy among us, there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.