What’s new with iOS 15.5 ‘Apple Account card and what it does

What's new with iOS 15.5 'Apple Account card and what it does

The app, first spotted last week by TechCrunch, also lets users turn off iMessage so they can continue to get texts sent by iOS devices as standard text messages. For non-Pixel users making the switch, other ways to transfer iMessages to Android are available. (Note: Your message bubbles will change to green rather than iMessage’s blue, which can elicit strong responses from some people.)

Google is releasing its Switch to Android app in the Apple App Store in an attempt to entice iPhone customers away from Apple. The programme allows users to transfer data, such as images, videos, and contacts, from an iPhone to Google’s Pixel phones without the use of a wire. Other phone brands will be supported eventually by Google.

Highlights

  • The app comes more than six years after Apple released its Move to iOS app in the Google Play Store. In the past, people switching had to back up all content to the Google Drive iOS app. The Switch to Android app streamlines the process, according to Google. Yes, I also want to receive the CNET Insider newsletter, keeping me up to date with all things CNET. By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

  • The Switch to Android website says you can use a cable for transfers, which adds support for DRM-free music, audio, wallpapers, alarms, call logs, device settings and free apps. By the end of the day, 10% of App Store users should have access to the Move to Android app, according to TechCrunch, which cited Google. The search giant expects the app will be available to all Apple users over the next few weeks.

In the US, for example, Apple’s Maps app represented 36% of usage, and its iMessage represented less than half. In music streaming and video streaming, it’s far lower, at 21% and 3%, respectively. The Analysis Group report mostly relied on data collected by Data.ai, formerly known as App Annie, though Apple representatives indicated the company didn’t dispute its findings.

Apple on Thursday fought back against the arguments that its controlling policies over the iPhone and iPad App Store hurt innovation and competition, releasing a report from economists it hired who said the tech giant’s apps and services such as Apple Maps, Apple Music and iMessage are not as popular as their peers.

“For many countries and app types, the Apple app accounts for 20 to 30% of total app usage,” the study’s authors at Analysis Group wrote, adding that Apple’s apps are “eclipsed” in popularity by third-party apps in nearly every country. “This reflects that while the Apple apps are widely used, third-party apps are used more frequently.”

Apple has hired Analysis Group economists to publish reports about its App Store over the years, including one released in July 2020, just before a Capitol Hill hearing on the tech industry, that argued its 15% to 30% commission rates for many in-app purchases wasn’t anticompetitive.

The newly published research comes as Apple faces pressure from lawmakers, regulators and competitors around the world about how it manages and controls its iPhones and iPads, two of its most important products that together made up more than half of its $123.9 billion in revenue during the holiday shopping season last year.