Individual Project Proposal
In September 18, 2013 Apple launched iOS7, the latest operating system for the company’s mobile devices. With a complete
new aesthetics and functionalities the new version on the operating system represented a big change in the iOS interface.
Even before the official release there has been a huge buzz around the new iOS version, this situation is not new, since iPod’s
release in 2001 there has been a historical interest on every new move that the Cupertino company makes. Nevertheless since
Steve Job’s death in 2011 Apple’s performance has been on the public scrutiny and a lot of voices have raised uncertainties
on Apple’s ability to keep up with the innovation path traced over the last years1
. Along with this internal situation, software
and hardware competitors have been gaining market share in the mobile segment2
The purpose of this study is to understand the state of the public opinion on iOS7 through Social Network Analysis, and how
that emotional responses relate to the brand. The study consists of two phases described as follows:
1. General Google Search
2. Google Trends Search
3. Condor Blog and Web search.
1. Twitter: Sentiment Viz and Topsy
2. Customer Reviews (two sources)
3. Sentiment Analysis on the collected reviews
From general Google Search I could see the huge interest present in the operating system, since for the simple query of
iOS7, there are 17,400,000 answers. Google trend search shows the interest over time and its geographic locations.This
tool helped me to understand that the “topic” was hot during release and after a period of about two weeks it cooled
For the related searches it is interesting to see searches like “jailbreak ios7” and “ios 7 battery”. These queries show the work
around and concerns of some users.
Through Condor’s Web and blog collector I was able to identify the different sites that were talking about iOS7, these results
allowed me to recognize some of the key players and also to see the interconnectedness levels between them.
From this search (retrieved on Sep. 29) we can see that there is not much interconnection between the websites and
This search was useful for identifying the sites (key players) and the categories that are talking about iOS7:
One site that called my attention was the healthland.time.com by looking at the site I could identify a specific complaint
about users getting dizzy because of the new animations included in the interface.
4. Twitter: Sentiment Viz and Topsy
5. Customer Reviews (two sources)
6. Review’s Sentiment Analysis
In the first graph we can see that the
twitts are located in the section that be-
longs to pleasure so we can say that the
general sentiment is positive, althougn in
the next graph we can observe how this
sentiment value decreases over time.
* One important disclaimer on Sentiment Viz and all the semantic tools in general is these tools are not capable of notice sarcasm.
In this second phase I took a look to the buzz generated in twitter. For this objec-
tive I used two tools (Sentiment Viz and Topsy) to collect diverse results.
For the topics that are related to iOS7 we could see
the following concerns: privacy, owning you data,
and dealing with the system’s bugs.
One interesting finding was the apparently random
connection with the topic on Spice Latte. This is a
Starbuck’s seasonal drink that is released at the be-
ginning of September and that overlaped with the
release of iOS7. This correlation is fascinating be-
cause it tell us more about the costumer segment
that is talking about iOS7 and establishes a brand to
From twitter analysis we could identify the main top-
ics and complains such as battery life and the new
feature on blocking numbers.
I also collected reviews form two sites Tech-Radar and CNET. To analyze these I used Lexalythics.com from this
analysis tool I found out that the entities with relative bad sentiment were Siri, the graphical appearance and the
battery life. Apple is a polarized entity swinging from positive to negative sentiment. The features of Control center
and future integrations of Siri in cars were the most positive entities. Steve Jobs is still a very important part of the
from the Reviews
The release of iOS7 has been a very polarized innovation for Apple users and at some points by looking to emotions ex-
pressed through social media we could think that it has been a negative experience for apple users, however according to
Interbrand’s ranking Apple is the world’s top brand with a constant growing over the past five years3
So how does this radical release have affected the brand value?
The answer to that question is tricky because if we look to the impressive 74.8% rate of adoption of iOS7 by November 14,
2003 we don’t see a direct connection between the general complaints and the actions, so, is it a natural reaction of humans
to complain about something new? or is it just the tipping point in the reputation of the most valuable brand in the world?
We’ll see what happens next…