With 15.5% of smartphone market share in Q1, Apple took 65% of all handset profits

“According to IDC, Apple’s share of worldwide smartphone shipments was 15.5% in calendar Q1, down from 17.1% a year ago,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “According to Canaccord Genuity, Apple’s share of industry profits was 65%, up from 57% in the same quarter last year.”

“Samsung’s share numbers were down a tad,” P.E.D. reports, “according to these reports, with share of profits off two percentage points to 41% and share of shipments down about the same to 30.2%.”

P.E.D. reports, “Meanwhile, because Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, Sony, LG and HTC all lost money in the smartphone business last quarter, Apple and Samsung split, according to Canaccord’s Michael Walkley, 106% of industry profits.”

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MacDailyNews Take: For some added clarity, with three iPhone models on the market, Apple has 15.5% of the smartphone industry’s market (unit) share and takes 65% of the entire cellphone industry’s – not just smartphones – profit share.

This is how complete iPhone’s domination is, just 7 years after it arrived: Apple and their unlicensed iPhone cloner take home 106% of the handset industry’s profits.


Related article:
Apple and Samsung combine to take 106% of mobile phone profits – May 8, 2014


  1. Personally I’d love a business where I can earn more money by dealing with less people. Not that a percentage drop corresponds to a drop in overall numbers.

  2. Amazing. It’s like the smartphone business is booming and collapsing at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, as an Apple fan, I’m overjoyed that Apple is kicking everyone else’s butts. But I have to wonder about the long term health of an industry where there’s only one company competent enough to compete and one company competent enough to rip that company off.

    Can Apple really carry the whole smartphone world by themselves? I hope so, because I’m beginning to believe they’ll have to.


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