invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple Inc.’s iPhone shipments to Japan more than doubled in the past year, capturing 72 percent of the country’s smartphone market, a research firm said,” Pavel Alpeyev and Yoshinori Eki report for Bloomberg.

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Alpeyev and Eki report, “Taiwan’s HTC Corp. was the second-largest seller of smartphones in Japan with 11 percent of the market, followed by Toshiba Corp.’s 6.8 percent, Tokyo-based MM Research Institute Ltd. said in a report yesterday.”

“The MM estimates indicate Japan accounted for about 5.6 percent of iPhones sold worldwide last fiscal year,” Alpeyev and Eki report. “While the Cupertino, California-based electronics maker doesn’t break down the number iPhones sold by country, Japan’s portion of total revenue climbed to 6.6 percent in the latest quarter, the highest since 2006, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]