Interesting point.

My use of Apple apps has been dropping off, but so gradually that it didn’t strike me till you mentioned it.

But I think what really has changed is my approach to apps. Whereas I once used to use certain Apple apps exclusively, I now use different apps for one area. Horses for courses, sort of thing. Like for photos, I previously used the stock camera app and Photos (earlier known as Camera Roll) exclusively. Now I use Photos for quick edits, Notes for scans, Photoscan for scanning photos, Camera+ for macros, Snapseed for a bit more complicated edits, and Google Photos as my searchable online photo library.

The main reason why most people use Apple apps is because they are built-in, and work seamlessly with iOS. This is why I too use apps like Mail, Safari, Music (in tandem with the Gmail, Chrome and Google Play Music apps) as well as iBooks.

But there are other reasons. I don’t have any patience for the obnoxious ads that once used to rule the net. So when Apple allowed adblockers, I gave Safari a second chance as I had switched to Chrome at that point. Safari does have positives like the built-in password system, and its reading mode that makes thing readable on sites with tiny text, while also getting rid of any stray ads that survived the ad-blockers. Chrome probably does have similar tools. I do recall Chrome being able to pull off the Safari trick of showing me what pages are open on Safari in my other devices. But I have not felt the need to completely switch to Chrome as Safari is doing its job reasonably well.

Besides the above apps, I use the Clock app because it’s just a swipe away, Notes because it syncs between my Mac and iPhone (and the excellent ‘scan’ function in iOS 11), and Pages because I use it on my Mac. That’s not really much.

The other side of the picture is though Apple apps are losing out to apps from elsewhere, I don’t think Apple is too worried about it. Steve Jobs initially didn’t allow third party apps but later reversed his position. He realized that if someone else can make a better app for iOS, then it improves the iOS experience and that rubs off on Apple, and iPhone sales. Not to mention the multibillion dollar income from its App Store.

it’s an odd world