Apple sold 80 million iPhones in Q4 to become top smartphone vendor for the first time...

Shawn Knight

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Why it matters: Strong iPhone sales during the holidays helped Apple achieve double-digit growth in the fourth quarter and edge out Huawei for the number two position overall in 2020. And in 2021, it'll likely be more affordable 5G phones and innovative features that drive upgrades.

Market research firm Gartner in its latest report said Apple sold 79.9 million iPhones during the final three months of 2020, an increase of 14.9 percent compared to the same period a year ago. For comparison, Samsung managed to sell 62.1 million smartphones to end users during the quarter, down 11.8 percent versus Q4 2019.

According to Gartner, the last time Apple was the top smartphone vendor was in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Looking at the full year, Samsung took home the crown with 253 million smartphones sold followed by Apple with 199.8 million iPhones sold. Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo brought up the rear with sales of 182.6 million units, 145.8 million units and 111.8 million units, respectively.

Only Apple and Xiaomi realized yearly sales growth; Samsung’s sales were down 14.6 percent compared to 2019 while Huawei saw the highest decline among the top five vendors with a dip of 24.1 percent. Unsurprisingly, Huawei was negatively impacted by the continued ban of Google apps on smartphones sold by the company.

Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, believes that the availability of lower-end 5G smartphones and innovative new features will be the deciding factor for end users looking to upgrade their existing phones in 2021.

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NeoMorpheus

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Would be nice to see the Android vs iOS market share in these articles to help put those numbers into perspective. Considering Android vendors have to compete against other Android vendors on top of Apple...

Market share: Android (~85%) vs iOS (~15%)

Indeed.

As far as I can tell, iOS is a thing mostly in America. The rest of the world is on Android.

Another thing, from the article, last time Apple did this, was around 4 years ago and last quarter was the launch of their new phone, so looks like that group simply had to upgrade.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Would be nice to see the Android vs iOS market share in these articles to help put those numbers into perspective. Considering Android vendors have to compete against other Android vendors on top of Apple...

Market share: Android (~85%) vs iOS (~15%)


Actually, I'd like to see a pie chart, annually, that shows exactly how many phones were sold by each smartphone maker.

Considering I can go to my local pharmacy and buy an Android phone for less than $100, I already understand that Android controls a larger chare of the market.

But since apple is essentially a style and an OS that can't be run on anything else and has a closed ecosystem, I'd say that they really aren't trying to compete with Android - nor do they have to.


 

Ludak021

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Actually, they had help from the government that decimated huawei and some others that were popular in the US. But hey, free market.
 

defaultluser

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This does not surprise me at all - now that Samsung has some serious competition, the Android devices sold are more spread-out!.

Also, Apple's m1 owning every laptop in existence (even Tiger Lake) helped build more apple ARM momentum.

Finally, it always helps when you have the additional lock-in from the season's hottest gift - the Apple watch "how are you supposed to hand-off visiting your 70 year-old grandparents you can't fly down to without this easy remote monitoring tool? Guess we're also buying them an iPhone!"

Unfortunately - much like iPhone locks-in devs on Mac-only, the Watch locks-in all users to I-devices only!
 

Steve Lalancette

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It's suprising... They don't have a headphone jack on their phones.
Ah well, maybe their costumers are... Humm... Let's say, not very sophiticated.
 

PEnnn

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Actually, they had help from the government that decimated huawei and some others that were popular in the US. But hey, free market.

Actually Huawei uses Android. Logically, other Android vendors would benefit from this, not Apple.
 

PEnnn

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Ludak021

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Actually Huawei uses Android. Logically, other Android vendors would benefit from this, not Apple.

No they don't use android, US has ordered Google to not give them Android. Now they use their own OS, and no google apps. You can imagine how appealing that is to Android users...Other Android vendors that competed were Samsung and Google's own phone. Two companies that are nice with US government, for now.
 

PEnnn

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No they don't use android, US has ordered Google to not give them Android. Now they use their own OS, and no google apps. You can imagine how appealing that is to Android users...Other Android vendors that competed were Samsung and Google's own phone. Two companies that are nice with US government, for now.

There are many other people who use phones in other countries beside the US, you know....