Apple’s older iPhone 6s easily outsold Samsung’s new flagship phone last year

In unit shipments, the iPhone 6s from Apple bested all competitors for sales in 2016, according to new analysis from IHS Markit.

If looking at the fourth quarter alone, the new iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-seller, followed by iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the IHS Markit Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models.

Apple again has demonstrated that its new iPhones drive sales and remain extremely successful in the market. The company is obviously also capable of selling older devices for an extended period of time. For instance, Apple’s older iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both among the most-shipped models for the full year 2016.

Beleaguered Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 trailed distantly in fifth and ninth, respectively.

The Note 7 recall has left S7 and S7 Edge, released in March 2016, as Samsung’s flagships. Since then, the market has seen a series of premium smartphones by other companies. Samsung drove sales of older devices via aggressive sales promotions, which included bundling with their Gear VR puke machine.

Samsung’s remaining three models all belong to the mid-tier J series. The company has seen shipment unit gains in the mid to low-tier segment, relative to 2015, due to growth in emerging markets.

Huawei, the third largest smartphone maker after Apple and Samsung, did not have any models in the top 10 most-shipped smartphones in 2016. Similar to Samsung, Huawei continues to address multiple smartphone pricing segments – either with its own Huawei-branded handsets or with those of its sub-brand, Honor. In the premium segment, Huawei’s P9 was among its own top five most-shipped smartphone models in 2016, performing better than previous flagships.

Chinese manufacturer OPPO had one model on the top ten ranking. In 2016, OPPO posted growth of 109 percent in smartphone shipments to become the fourth largest smartphone maker in terms of unit shipment, up from the seventh spot in 2015. Unlike Huawei, OPPO has a smaller product portfolio and operates in fewer markets, with more than 80 percent of the company’s 2016 shipments within its home market of China.

Source: IHS Markit

MacDailyNews Take: Behold, Apple’s iPhone domination:

Apple’s iPhone 6s Topped List of Best-Selling Smartphones for 2016, IHS Markit Says

Keep warm and toasty now, slavish copying thieves!


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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. How long do Samsung think they can get away with this? This ain’t funny. Sammy’s explosive phones have no chance against  so they should just quit while they are ahead and stick to making dishwashers.

  2. No! No! No! This isn’t possible. The world’s smartest people are always claiming no one is buying iPhones because they don’t have the worthwhile features that Samsung smartphones have. No consumer is going to buy a smartphone which doesn’t have the latest and greatest innovations the tech world can provide. /s

    It’s really annoying to hear pundits and analysts constantly crying consumers aren’t buying as many iPhones as Android smartphones because Apple’s iPhone simply isn’t exciting enough. I don’t know where all this stupidity comes from. Don’t these geniuses have any friends or family then can talk to and find out why they actually might not be buying iPhones instead of jumping to stupid conclusions. Not everyone in this world requires the latest tech innovations because most smartphone users aren’t even aware that many of those things exist.

    As for the Chinese buying domestic brands it’s probably because they have some loyalty to domestic brands which is a fine thing for Chinese consumers to do. Another reason is that iPhones are simply too expensive for many of them to buy. I’ll bet it has little to do with the iPhone not having some unusual features that doesn’t excite them enough. Everyone in the world is not going to buy an iPhone because that’s just how it is. Accept that fact.

    Boring or not the iPhone is going to continue to sell because it’s a well-built smartphone with decent features backed with trustworthy customer service. Consumers can be happy purchasing good products even if they’re not spectacular products. Why analysts and pundits swear this isn’t true I’ll never know. Most consumers just aren’t all that complicated to figure out.

    However, the pundits and analysts will never miss an opportunity to point out the iPhone losing market share percentage somewhere in this world for all sorts of arcane reasons. When Indian consumers start buying those $50 Android smartphones, there’s going to be that much more noise about Apple failing to win the hearts of Indian consumers. Totally ridiculous.

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