“Apple Inc.’s share of the smartphone market in the U.S. dropped to 19.2 percent in the first quarter from 26.7 percent the preceding quarter, analysts reported Thursday, while Palm Inc.’s share rose,” The Sacramento Business Journal reports in an article headlined, “Apple’s iPhone loses market share, Palm gains.”
“IDC said Cupertino-based Apple is still second behind Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, which had a 44.5 percent market share in the first quarter, up from 35.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007… Palm’s share of the market was 13.4 percent, up from 7.9 percent,” The Sacramento Business Journal reports.
“Analysts say Apple’s drop may be partly because of an iPhone shortage as the company gears up for Monday’s expected 3G device launch,” The Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Full article here.
“May be partly because?”
Okay, Sacramento Business Journal, please supply at least one other reason (with some proof, please) as to why Apple’s iPhone market share dipped.
While we wait for that, we’ll go with, “Apple’s drop was mainly because of an intentional iPhone shortage as the company gears up for Monday’s expected 3G device launch.”
Ahhh, the truth.
(Yes, we believe that in first quarter, a minute segment of potential buyers decided to wait for the next iteration of the device, but not enough to significantly affect market share.)