New Apple court filing includes charts comparing its market share to Samsung’s from 2004 to 2012

“Today Apple filed its response to Samsung’s appeal of the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, and included two charts that show how Samsung’s and Apple’s smartphone market shares evolved in the U.S. market and on a worldwide basis between the first calendar quarter of 2004 and the first calendar quarter of 2012,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“The first of the two charts, [shows] that Apple still had a lead over Samsung in the U.S. smartphone market in the first quarter,” Mueller reports. “The second chart shows worldwide smartphone unit sales, with Samsung ahead of Apple in two of the last three quarters.”

Mueller reports, “These charts are based on IDC data. And Apple didn’t even include any estimates by other analysts according to which Samsung sold twice as many smartphones as Apple in the last calendar quarter. I understand that Apple also pointed to Samsung’s gains of market share at Apple’s expense in its opening presentation today at the California trial… The numbers show that Apple has no other choice but to defend its intellectual property.”

See Apple’s charts in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. two charts that show how Samsung’s and Apple’s smartphone market shares evolved in the U.S. market and on a worldwide basis between the first calendar quarter of 2004 and the first calendar quarter of 2012

    Please correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the iPhone first debut in mid-2007? If so, how could these charts show any kind of comparison between 2004 and mid-2007?

    1. My error – I apologize. I hadn’t read the article first. The charts in the article clearly show when the iPhone came into play – mid-2007. The first part of the chart shows only the Samsung curve.

      1. The reason it shows prior to 2007 for three years is to emphasize that the Samsung sales were some what flatter than last few years, after Samsung copied Apple products !!

    2. It’s like those diet pictures before and after.

      Samsung was able to rip off Apples ideas and dramatically boost its profits and marketshare. Money stolen from Apple.

      It should owe Apple in the tens of billions.

    1. Car companies usually make gradual changes to a model or line. Think of how the Nissan Maxima has slowly changed its design since 1995. Radical changes should be completely made in-house. Otherwise, change should be gradual so that you can show prior art.

  2. The US chart is very interesting. IDC claims that Apple has over 40 % marketshare in the US now! I remember that the other research houses are all claiming it’s still just in the 30s. If we go by the IDC numbers the iPhone will hit 50 % as soon as T-Mobile is on board and Verizon and Sprint get a $0 model.

    1. Actually, the quote is attributed to Pablo Picasso, and it continues to be forcefully yanked out of context in this Apple-Samsung discussion (in addition to being attributed to Steve Jobs, who actually just quoted Picasso).

      When Jobs said this, it was under assumption that those hearing it would understand the original context. What Picasso did mean was that great artists rummage through the great junk heap of lost, bypassed, and forgotten ideas to find the rare jewels, and then incorporate such languishing gems into their own personal artistic legacy… Picasso implied that great artists don’t get caught stealing because what they appropriate they transform so thoroughly into their own persona, that everyone ends up thinking the great idea was theirs in the first place.

      Unfortunately, due to Steve’s efficiency of thought, he didn’t bother elaborating on the quote (although I believe he DID attribute it to Picasso), so now everyone is using it to imply that Steve himself thought is it OK to copy, while he sues others who copy him. This is a pathetic interpretation and one of the most clear examples of the dangers of quoting out of context (something at which the politicians are undisputed champions).

      1. Interesting explanation. I, too, thought the saying was about outright theft or copying. In today’s times, a photocopier could make everyone a great artist.

        Too bad Apple won’t win this one because the courts won’t allow Android to be stifled for fear of harming consumers.

        1. I can’t take ownership of that explanation, though; I didn’t have the time to write my own, so I just lifted it straight from Yahoo Answers…

          And in no way am I implying that I’m a great artist (having stolen the explanation above…).

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