Apple iPhones take 6 spots on global top 10 bestselling smartphones list

Apple grabbed six places in the global top 10 bestselling smartphone models’ list for January 2021, according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse report. The Apple iPhone 12 led the list followed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro. These three iPhone 12 models contributed to 71% of Apple’s total sales for the month.

Left to right: Apple's 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max
Left to right: Apple’s 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max

Monika Sharma for CounterPoint Research:

There was a pent-up demand for 5G upgrades within the iOS base which, along with strong carrier promotions, resulted in robust sales for the iPhone 12 series. Besides, Apple launched the new iPhone series later than the usual date, resulting in strong demand for these models spilling over into January.

Apple iPhones take 6 spots on global top 10 bestselling smartphones list

Close to one-third of Apple’s sales for the iPhone 12 series came from the US. This was due to strong carrier promotions and 5G demand. The iPhone 12 Pro Max was the top-selling model in the US, as consumers preferred the high-end version. Old models iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone 11 also continued to do well.

The iPhone 12 mini made it to the top 10 list, trailing the other iPhone 12 series models as well as the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 mini, which offers specs similar to that of the iPhone 12 at a lower price, failed to attract buyers because of a smaller display and lower battery capacity.

MacDailyNews Take: Dominance.


      1. So what?! The freakin mini is in the top ten smartphone best selling worldwide!!! TOP TEN! Over how many brands and models? Mini would’ve been a better at selling if Apple didn’t release an SE 3 months before…


          1. I also read that iPh mini users were more likely to commit crime, speed and drive recklessly, and be married to more than one spouse at any one time.

            Another report seemed to have credible data noting that many of these same users sported mullets and carried jungle-grade machetes on their hand-made suede cod-pieces.

            I can’t confirm veracity of this info, but I’m starting to believe it, because I read some FB posts that confirm it.

  1. The way I see it, there are always bound to be some “failures” when a company sells many different products. I would think that’s a natural thing as long as the “failure” products don’t outweigh the successful products. A person could say that all the folding smartphones are “failures” because they don’t sell in high numbers, but I think it’s a good thing there are companies willing to take chances and maybe reach people who enjoy trying out unusual products.

    Anyway, most of Apple’s products are quite successful, so what’s the big deal over a product or two that doesn’t go over so well to consumers. Looking at every product from a sales standpoint isn’t always the best way to judge how good or bad a product is. I wouldn’t buy an iPhone 12 mini simply based on my assumption that battery life would be poorer than than the larger models although I do prefer a larger display.

    Apple seems to enjoy building smartphones with smaller-capacity batteries and that is something I honestly don’t understand. If Apple used batteries equaling the capacity of Android smartphones, iPhones would be the undisputed kings of long battery life. Why does Apple pass up on such an easy victory? It makes no sense at all to me.

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