Apple's iPhone 5 Becomes Top-Selling Smartphone In the World

According to data released today by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) newest iPhone 5 has become the best-selling smartphone model in the world.

The firm estimates that Apple shipped 27.4 million units of the latest model during the fourth quarter of 2012. The previous-generation iPhone 4S model also sold well and was ranked the No. 2 model on Strategy Analytics' list, with 17.4 million in unit shipments in Q4.

Primary rival Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III Android smartphone moved down two notches to the No. 3 spot with 15.4 million units in Q4. That model had previously become the top-selling model in the third quarter, as the iPhone 5 launched at the very end of the quarter and iPhone 4S sales waned leading up to the iPhone 5 launch.

Strategy Analytics estimates that there were a total of 217 million smartphones sold globally in the fourth quarter, giving the iPhone 5 a roughly 13% share.

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  • Report this Comment On February 20, 2013, at 2:55 PM, secularinvestor wrote:

    This is yet more evidence of Samsung's false claims about the Galaxy being "the worlds best selling smartphone".

    Samsung habitually exaggerate their claims. In Court last year their own evidence proved that they actually sold one tenth of what they claimed.

    Raymond James took at face value and added up their exaggerated shipment claims and compared them to Apple's actual SEC reported iPhone sales. They found that since the Galaxy was launched in 2010, Apple sold 70% more iPhones than all the Galaxy smartphones plus all the Galaxy Notes combined!

  • Report this Comment On February 21, 2013, at 5:53 AM, JeffParrel wrote:

    APPL Q4 finished on October 25,

    any updated statistics please?

  • Report this Comment On February 21, 2013, at 9:47 AM, DrDeVito wrote:

    Jeff they are talking about the 4th quarter of 2012, not apples 4th quarter. (The iphone 5 was realeased in sept i believe) These are as up to date as you'll get.

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