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Mapping iPhone Users Across Canada Reveals Predominance In Urban Areas

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When mapping iPhone users across Canada, it appears that majority of Apple’s flagship smartphone owners are located in urban areas. The data comes from a new series of navigable maps developed by Gnip, MapBox and Eric Fischer from dataviz, that visualize over three billion global, geotagged tweets sent since September 2011, The Atlantic Cities reports.

Developers converted all the data obtained from Twitter into a series of maps illustrating “worldwide patterns in language and device use”, as well as between people who appear to be tourists and locals in any given city. The maps show who in town is using iPhones (red dots) and who’s using Androids (green dots). Looking at maps of Toronto or Vancouver, it is clear that iPhones owners are more prominent in major urban areas of the cities.

But in some US cities, iPhone and Android usage seems to illustrate the differences between socioeconomic classes, suggesting middle-class and rich folk use the former while poorer folks use the latter.

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It must be noted that these maps are essentially a blank canvas with nothing on them other than tweets.

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  • Wei

    Newsflash: the majority of Canadians live in urban areas.

  • This is the dumbest study I’ve ever heard of. At least normalize it to a per-capita basis.

  • Al

    The guy is saying that iPhone is more dominant than other devices in urban areas – at least when it comes to tweeting. His choice of words, or failure to explain more fully, however, makes it “appear” that he is saying more iPhones are used in denser populated areas – which is of course, a great big fat… DUH!!.

    If you read the source article, you’ll see what the story is really about.

  • Andre

    More phones where there’s more people? Who’d of thunk…?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    C’mon people, it’s not like this is Pulitzer Prize winning stuff here………………

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