If we asked Americans which phone is the most popular in the US, an iPhone or
a Samsung (Galaxy), the overwhelming majority would say iPhone, and they would
be right. Well, kinda.
There are more iPhones sold than any other brand of phone with
41.9% of all sales, but there are more Androids out there as a whole.
The operating system on an iPhone (aka iOS) is exclusive to Apple and only
found on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. The Android system developed by Google,
on the other hand, is used on many devices. Samsung phones rank next in line to
the iPhone with 28%, but LG, Motorola, and HTC also factor into the numbers
tipping the scales toward Android as a whole.
Roughly 42% is still a huge market share, though, and the iPhone 7 is
currently the best selling phone in France, Germany, and the UK.
million iPhones now in use and
one BILLION Apple device users, you’ve got to figure that the market is ripe
for mobile gambling access.
Whereas Google Play has historically* had an across the board policy banning
any gambling apps from being distributed in its store, Apple has allowed for
them but strictly based on geographical location and compliance with the laws in
For example, in the UK where online gambling is permitted, you’ll find iOS
Apps for some of the biggest iCasinos and sportsbooks. In the US, there are
geo-targeted restrictions so, in New Jersey where it’s legal to bet online,
state residents can download an app from Harrah’s or Caesars. Cross state lines
into Pennsylvania or New York, though, and you’re out of luck. Your physical
location determines what apps are available to you.
Google Play is changing its stance on gambling-related apps and will
be opening up the market, based on a strict application review, in Ireland,
France, and the UK starting in August of 2017.
iPhone Mobile Casino Access – No App Required
If you’re one of the many dedicated app users that wouldn’t think to use a
browser for gaming, please forgive us here, but you don’t need an app to get a
good mobile casino experience on an iPhone or iPad.
In fact, not needing a dedicated app opens you up to most of the casinos out
there, as they convert to a great mobile platform by typing the name of the site
into your iPhone’s web browser.
Your access will go hand in hand with your location so, if you are authorized
to register with an iCasino, you can also use their mobile version as long as
you’re in the same area when you pull it up to log-in. You don’t even need to
type in anything special. Once you put the web address in the browser, it will
automatically redirect you to the properly formatted site.
The iPhone Casino App
We know. You are strictly an apps-only guy or girl. Don’t fret. In your Apple
Apps store, you will find some of your favorite casinos as long as you’re in an
area where it’s legally permitted. Apple does stipulate that necessary
licensing and permissions are required for all locations targeted, so casinos do
need to be compliant to be in the store.
That means that if you’re in the United Kingdom, you’re open to all kinds of
possibilities. We do know of some of the best iPhone apps like Mr Green that
allows for 3G, 4G, and wifi play. Bet365 and William Hill also have quality
products you can download from the App Store. In fact, William Hill is one of
the most used mobile gambling services for sports wagering in the UK.
The same rule applies outside of the UK. You’ll only find apps where online
gambling is legally authorized. In the US, it gets a bit more granular in that
some states like New Jersey and Nevada will have iPhone betting apps available
but cross over state lines, and it’s a different story.
Why Mobile Gaming Is Better on an iPhone as Opposed to Android?
All apps are created equally
iPhone apps are one-size fits all so for those dedicated casino apps; you
won’t see any difference between their use on one phone over another or the iPad
vs. the iPhone. It’s consistent across the board whereas Google Play apps
(Android) can vary in appearance and function depending on the device that’s
You could experience issues with any phone but, honestly, you hear about far fewer viruses
and other security issues with Apple devices than with Android, and the App
Store is heavily monitored to prevent these types of things.
We thought we’d go a little high tech on you by using the acronym FPS, but it
just stands for Frames per Second (we weren’t familiar with it either at first).
FPS is important in online gaming or gambling because of the faster the speed,
the better the overall user-experience with less lag time. iPhones are known to
hit the max for this with 60
frames per second whereas typical Android devices come in slower at around
44 or so.
We’re not trying to steer you into being an iPhone or an Android convert; we
know most people are product loyal, but we wanted to provide you with a few
characteristics of iPhones that will contribute to better overall mobile
The iPhone Casino Experience
Let’s just take a look at the iPhone as it stands on its own. The following
are considerations that you may want to keep in mind.
Have you done your shopping first?
If you live in a region that provides legal gambling, particularly online,
chances are you’ll find several casino apps available to you. Now don’t confuse
things with a site that advertises its mobile casino, as the majority of
iCasinos are mobile-friendly. If you prefer app use over search engine access,
then you’ll need to peruse your choices for yourself. If you search for “real
money casinos,” in the App Store, your options should pop up for you, and they
each will individually note format requirements and age restrictions as well.
Are you home?
iPhone apps are geo-targeted, so if you’re not in an area where online
gambling is permissible, you will be blocked from accessing the casino. These
requirements are so specific that even crossing over state lines in the US makes
a difference in the availability.
How’s your connection?
It’s important to have a good signal (wifi is best) and a fully charged
battery, especially if you’re accessing the casino through your browser. A lot
of data could be used to power your online play as iCasinos are full of graphics
and video that can drain your resources quickly.
Are you looking for something special?
If you’ve never accessed a casino on your iPhone before, you may want to
check it out before you officially throw your hat in the ring and become a fully
registered player. Not all games may transfer over for mobile use, and some
operators are better than others at focusing on the mobility factor. On average,
you should find at least a sampling of everything so, if you’re a video slots
fan and the full casino carries 100 of them, you may be able to play around 80
on your phone or tablet. However, some sites still haven’t embraced the whole
gambling on the go concept and offer just a small representation. Live dealer
tables may not always be available and multi-hand video poker is also the first
to go, especially 50 hands or higher, as the small screen just can’t accommodate
Do you like incentives?
Most sites will allow you to take advantage of welcome and other bonuses
right from your iPhone. Some will even go a step further and offer a mobile-only
incentive to encourage players to bet on the go.
Did you know you can download?
If you’re accessing a casino via your iPhone browser as opposed to the app,
you do have another alternative. Many websites will allow you to download their
casino right to your computer or mobile device. Not everyone embraces this
option, and it does require adequate space on your device, but you’ll usually
find that the quality of the games is better with download vs. streaming.
No app is required, but they are available where legally permissible
iPhones provide the best mobile experience as lag time is minimized
Developers will typically release an iOS app before an Android version
Players can take advantage of mobile casino promotions if available
The same log-in allows consistent play whether on the full site or iPhone or iPad
Newer sites provide bigger catalogs of gaming options
Registration and banking can be done via mobile as well as the main sites
Not all iCasinos produce Apps
Game selection is typically reduced compared to the full website
A graphic or video-heavy site may slow down navigation
Easy casino access can contribute togambling problems for some
Screen size and iOS version could impact the experience
There are a lot of true blue Apple devotees out there and today’s online
casinos recognize the need to accommodate them.
4.3% of iPhone users in the United Kingdom are actively using at least one
betting app. That’s nearly a half a million people just on iPhones in one
country. UK-based sportsbooks like William Hill and bet365 provide casinos as
well as sports betting services so you can “bet” there’s crossover.
You’ll see a lot of sites designated as iPhone casinos but, just remember
that you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t, as your trusty old search
engine (Safari, Google, etc.) will get you access to a mobile gambling
experience. No app required.
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