iPhone 5s powers Apple back to U.S. smartphone market share lead in September – despite only being available for 10 days of month

“The new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 [sic] [recte iPhone 5c] made Apple the US top smartphone seller in September, despite their only being on sale for 10 days of the month,” Charles Arthur reports for The Guardian.

“New data from Counterpoint Research provided exclusively to the Guardian shows that Apple sold 4.8m phones there in September, jumping to a 38% share of the entire US smartphone market for the month,” Arthur reports. “The figures include sales of the new iPhone 5S and 5C, which went on sale there on 20 September. The competition saw Samsung drop to overall second place after having led the market since May.”

Arthur reports, “Separate data from ComScore suggests that growth in the total number of Android owners in the US has slowed over the summer, while that for Apple has held steady. The introduction of the new iPhones is expected to accelerate that… Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint said that the top-end Samsung Galaxy S4, launched in May, ‘did well initially but as with a lot of Samsung products, it burned brightly but briefly.’ He says Samsung had big expectations about how many handsets it would sell but it underperformed: ‘if you’re in the supply chain for the S4, the order book is closing down.'”

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

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  1. If Apple could have made more they would have sold more. The iPhone 5s are still backlogged. Can any Android phone state that? No!!! And China Mobile and other countries are still to come.

    64-bit devices will be the only true choice (unless you are an e-book reader) and Apple is the only source for the next year or more! This market is dominated with Apple iOS 64-bit devices now. Which market does Apple want next?

  2. I suspect the 4.8 million in combined iPhone sales in the U.S. for September is likely low.

    Apple sold over 9 million 5S and 5C units from 20 Sept through 22 Sept. That’s 80% more than they sold of 5 units last year. If we assume the follow on rate for the next 8 days was no greater than the 5 was last year for the fourth calendar quarter daily average (over the full quarter) that’s 0.3 million a day for about 2.4 million additional by the end of the month. (If the 80% increase continued then that number would have been 0.54 million for another 4.3 million.)

    So through 30 September Apple could have easily sold more than 11.4 million iPhone 5C and 5S units. (Or 13.3 million if they could have supplied that many.)

    Assuming NO iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 units sold in September at all (a truly extreme assumption), this means that that U.S. sales accounted for *significantly* less than half of iPhone sales in the initial 11 days.

    The number of sales effects and units to make this extreme corner case a reality just is too far a stretch to be easily believable. The real number is likely higher.

  3. “New data from Counterpoint Research provided exclusively to the Guardian shows that Apple sold 4.8m phones there in September”

    Ummm…. Didn’t Apple release actual sales figures for the first weekend of sales for the 5s and 5c? It was over 9 million right? Maybe that is only US numbers.

  4. Again, Samdung’s numbers are cooked because they report “shipped” not sold numbers. That leaves millions in the supply chain that have not or will not be sold.

    Samsung proves that lying, cheating and stealing really does pay. Foreign companies that knows how to play the outdated US legal system, our glacially paced courts sytem and line the pockets of “appointed” judges.

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