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30 per cent of recent iPhone buyers jumped ship from Android

Following Apple’s quarterly earnings calls there are always a couple of interesting tidbits to report beyond the bottom line of iPhone sales and profits.

Today is no exception and we’ve got a few interesting tidbits for to share with you from Tim Cook’s investor update.

First of all, the Apple CEO says 30 per cent of iPhone sales came from people jumping over from the Android OS (via 9to5Mac). That’s a pretty big deal.

Considering Apple sold 48 million iPhones during the Q4 fiscal quarter, it would suggest around 14 million of those came to Apple form Google’s rival platform.

Cook says it’s the highest rate of switchers the company has ever recorded.

Meanwhile, the CEO has also announced that 40 million people have jumped on board with the new Apple News app within iOS 9.

The news aggregator, which allows iPhone and iPad users to collate stories from their favourite sources, also arrived in the UK last week with iOS 9.1.

Related: Is Apple News really a Flipboard killer

However, Apple hasn’t said what those 40 million folks are actually doing with the app; whether they’re using it regularly or whether they have just played around with it.

Elsewhere Cook also announced a further global expansion of the Apple Pay mobile payments platform.

A deal with American Express will see the contactless payment service roll out in Canada and Australia before the end of 2015. Next up will be Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016.

Right now the service is only available in the United States and the UK.

Finally, Cook said the Apple TV was “off to a great start,” while he claimed the Apple Watch is “just getting going.” The company negated to mention sales figures for the latter in its earnings report.

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