Apple, with high-end iPhones alone, poised to outsell Samsung’s total smartphone sales

“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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  1. It will likely produce a wasted quarter for Apple shareholders expecting a share price gain based on stellar earnings. Just by looking a Apple’s share price you can tell Wall Street is rigging Apple shareholders for a letdown based on low March guidance. Apple shareholders look at Apple and only see the positives. Wall Street looks at Apple and only sees the negatives. Negatives for a company that has $70 billion in quarter revenue and a greatly increasing cash reserve. A rapidly growing number of Apple retail stores means zero to Wall Street. No layoffs is even worse for Apple. Employees cause too much overhead. Nothing Apple does “moves the needle” so the stock is doomed to fail. Now, everyone who wanted an iPhone already has one, so Apple’s iPhone business can only go down.

    Forget China. All those poor Chinese citizens are all tapped out from buying expensive iPhones so that future resource is gone for Apple. From Wall Street’s narrow perspective, everything Apple does now is seen as problematic for Apple in the future in terms of double digit gains. Although for Apple the company, each situation is certainly win-win, but for shareholders it turns out to be a lose-lose except for increased dividends.


  2. Not so “amazing” MDN… Moreover outside of America, there is no such mindset of “innovation”. Only replication of others efforts & paid for intellectual property. How many Ethics 101 classes are available today @ ANY university across the globe? Give me 1! Fkin joke. You make SHIT SAMDUNG! If it were not for AAPL you have NO CLUE!

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