Apple was responsible for 22 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2021

Shawn Knight

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In brief: Apple was responsible for nearly a quarter of worldwide smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 thanks in part to solid demand for the iPhone 13 family. Samsung finished in a close second with 20 percent of the market, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo with 12 percent, nine percent and eight percent of total shipments, respectively.

Apple's market share dropped by one percent compared to Q4 2020 while Samsung's increased three percentage points.

Canalys analyst Sanyam Chaurasia said Apple returned to the top of the smartphone market after three quarters. Demand was especially high in mainland China, “with aggressive pricing for its flagship devices keeping the value proposition strong.”

While supply chain disruption mostly affected low-end vendors, Apple wasn’t impervious to its effects. Cupertino had to cut production in Q4 due to shortages of key components. This didn’t have too big of an impact on prioritized markets, but Canalys said customers in other regions had to wait to get their hands on the latest iPhones.

Overall, smartphone shipments increased just one percent in Q4.

Speaking to the supply chain, Canalys VP Nicole Peng said component manufacturers are eking out additional production but it’ll take years for major foundries to significantly increase chip production.

Some brands are already taking steps to adapt to the current environment such as tweaking device specs to better complement available materials, approaching up-and-coming chipmakers to source ICs, focusing on top-selling models and staggering new product launches.

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p51d007

Posts: 3,105   +2,586
So what?
If there were multiple vendors selling Apple, Apple's "share" wouldn't be that high.
Now, if you add up all of the android vendors out there, they far outweight the numbers
Apple sells.
 

Nobina

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If they allowed sideloading and full access to the file system, I would get an iPhone.
I would like that too, but I'm sure many people bought an iPhone due to it not having these features. It makes it possible for the user to mess something up by sideloading an unknown app.
 

NeoMorpheus

Posts: 1,058   +2,083
I would like that too, but I'm sure many people bought an iPhone due to it not having these features. It makes it possible for the user to mess something up by sideloading an unknown app.
The reality is, such possibilities has always existed in personal computers and android and we have survived.

The second you enable sideloading and install something you are responsible and personally, I have no problem with that.

I cannot comprehend how a person that paid for a device will request LESS capabilities/functionality instead of more, from a device that they pay for.

The truth is, apple knows that they will lose billions in revenue if people start bypassing their store and thats the only reason they keep pushing the insecurity line.