“Strong sales of Apple Inc. ’s new iPhones are pushing the company close to rival Samsung Electronics Co. as the world’s top seller of smartphones,” Daisuke Wakabayashi reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Samsung overtook Apple as the biggest smartphone maker in the third quarter of 2011, according to research firm Canalys. Since then, Samsung has maintained its lead — in shipments if not profits — by offering a wide range of phones.”
MacDailyNews Take: Certainly not in profits. Apple dominates smartphone profit share.
“But Samsung’s share has been falling, hurt by lackluster sales of its flagship models and the rise of homegrown brands in fast-growing emerging markets. In the third quarter, Samsung shipped about 78 million smartphones, about 25% share of the global market, down from 34% a year earlier, Canalys said,” Wakabayashi reports. “Enter Apple’s new bigger-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which went on sale in September. Analysts polled by Fortune forecast that Apple sold 66.5 million iPhones in the quarter ended Dec. 27, up 30% from a year earlier. Some analysts expect iPhone sales to eclipse 70 million units in the quarter.”
“Apple isn’t only selling more iPhones than ever, it’s also selling more expensive phones,” Wakabayashi reports. “The iPhone 6 Plus costs $100 more than Apple’s previous high-end model. Plus, Apple is also enticing consumers to upgrade to more expensive models with greater memory.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Things that Samsung labels “smartphones” are junk that Apple would never even think of foisting on the market, much less pack up, ship, peddle to the ignorati, and count as “smartphone” unit sales. And, yet, Apple is poised to outsell Samsung’s entire lineup of phones with premium iPhones alone. Amazing!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matthew R.” for the heads up.]
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