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Apple iPhone 5 and 4S top global smartphone shipments for Q4 2012

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Apple iPhone 5 and 4S top global smartphone shipments for Q4 2012  - read the full textAccording to the latest report from the Strategy Analytics, Apple iPhone 5 was the best-selling smartphone in the world for the the fourth quarter of 2012. Surprisingly, the second spot was taken by Apple's iPhone 4S, leaving the Samsung's current flagship device in the third place....

 

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> In reply to Duel @ 2013-02-22 11:36 from p77X - click to readIf you actually did read my link, you will see why losing market share is a bad idea.

Here is something that was said in my link: The reason market share is important is that mobile is a "platform market." In platform markets, third-party companies build products and services on top of other companies' platforms. As they do, the underlying platforms become more valuable and have greater customer lock-in.

Building products and services for multiple platforms is expensive, so platform markets tend to standardize around a single leading platform. As they do so, the power and value of the leading platform increases, and the value of the smaller platforms collapses.

The PC software market is (or was) a platform market, and we saw how powerful that eventually made Microsoft back in the 1990s.

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  • 2013-02-22 12:03
  • L6uR

Gsmarena why don't you tell the facts and figures for the whole year not just Q4 of 2012 but whole of 2012 Let's see the figures which really matter not just a specific period. Then the truth will come out which shows the real winner!

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  • 2013-02-22 11:47
  • myUA

Losing market share isn't important if company can sell more products than before. Apple can make record sells after quarter after quarter and still lose marketshare, because Apple is one company android is not.

Last q Apple profit in china raised 400% so it means Apple doing better than ever in china.

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  • 2013-02-22 11:36
  • p77X

> In reply to Tom-Helge @ 2013-02-22 10:46 from L6uR - click to readThat has only to do with the amount of cellphones running on iOS comparing to Android.
There are only 3 phones on the market running on iOS (iPhone 4, 4S and 5), while almost every Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Huawei, Acer, etc runs on Android.

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  • 2013-02-22 11:35
  • mw2P

And here I was thinking that I bought an iPhone cause it looks, feels and works smoothly.
With close to no glitches!
But I'm glad u got it all figured out ;)

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  • 2013-02-22 11:32
  • mw2P

i dont think shipments mean anything we have 20 of each iphone sat in out stockroom doesnt mean people our buying s3 +s3mini sell the most in my store

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  • 2013-02-22 11:21
  • M3s@

apple only copy samsung as being number 1 at selling phone
samsung have idea first and become number 1 at selling phone
apple copy by forcing many people to purchase apple phone and now become number 1 when apple complain samsung copy apple but apple copy samsung by being number one.
apple need to rethink and not copy samsung sales figures, everyone complain samsung copy apple but now it apple that copy samsung.

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  • 2013-02-22 11:03
  • 3AxW

> In reply to Duel @ 2013-02-22 10:32 from p77u - click to readBut still, the iOS market share worldwide is going down like a rock in an ocean.

Have you seen how small iOS is compared to Android worldwide and in China?

China have over 1.3 billion peoples and over 90% of all smartphones in China are Android phones. Only 4.2% are iOS devices in China lol.

EDIT: Read the article on why market share means ALOT: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...en_and_shut/

For you, what matters most for a company?

Market share or profits?

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  • 2013-02-22 10:46
  • L6uR

> In reply to Duel @ 2013-02-22 10:29 from p77u - click to readAgain, i give a rat ass if the article is some months old. What matters is that Apple cares more about their profits than they cares about their customers like the article explains pretty well.

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  • 2013-02-22 10:44
  • L6uR

"While encouraging, the numbers are still less than Apple’s, whom 60% of people thought have grown cooler over the last year, "

60% of people thinks apple is even cooler this year than last year.

Well its not surprise apple sells more than ever and people love their iProducts and spread the word and more and more iOS users comes every day.

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  • 2013-02-22 10:32
  • p77u

> In reply to Tom-Helge @ 2013-02-22 09:28 from L6uR - click to readThe guy with old news is back :D

"After all, earlier in 2012, Apple controlled 77 per cent of mobile industry profits. Now that's down to 59 per cent, and this number will continue to fall, no matter what Apple does to boost profitability through chip-making or other means. Why?"

And now thats up to 69% isnt it meant to go down? "According to a new report from Canaccord Genuity, per Forbes, Apple (AAPL) earns 69% of all operating profit among leading device makers, while Samsung (005930) controls a 34% share."

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  • 2013-02-22 10:29
  • p77u

ohh its hard to digest that iphone is selling very well

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  • 2013-02-22 10:27
  • wdK%

> In reply to Grimlock @ 2013-02-21 21:49 from 6w7a - click to read"The people that buy iphones think that they are part of some sort of elite group that are fortunate enough to own the product. In other words, little people who believe that owning an iphone makes them seem bigger and more popular than they really are."

I could use this argument and turn it the other way round as well. That people who buy android/samsung thinks of themselves as part of an elite IT geeky group that customises their phone, cause tweaking is the cool and mainstream thing now that makes you feel so elite and above everyone else. In other words, tweaking a phone suddenly makes little people feel like big man, when in fact they're probably no one. Everyone buys a Samsung cause hey why the hell not? It's the most mainstream thing now, hence they just follow the biggest crowd.

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  • 2013-02-22 05:26
  • tZj9

I knew it!!
Its no secret that iPhone is the world's best selling smartphone!
Out sold Nokia, BB, WP, Nexus and even Galaxy combine!

2013 will mark Apple as one trillion dollar company.

At the rate Apple is going, by 2020 Apple will profit one trillion dollar per year!

That will take MS or Google another 200 years.

I know i know... its not fair, thats life!

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  • 2013-02-22 03:00
  • vMeL

Apple Makes & other Follow

😏

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  • 2013-02-22 01:30
  • 7tG1

> In reply to Grimlock @ 2013-02-21 21:49 from 6w7a - click to read"Can't the iphone 3G, 3Gs"

Who still sell 3g, if i know correct also only us sells or give 3gs free. In my country, cheapest iPhone is iPhone 4 with 8gb memory. And even that is medium price, cost more than sgs2.

So i would say apple doesnt have low price phone.

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  • 2013-02-21 22:18
  • p77u

iphone has been years behind android for awhile now. they simply dont care. apple tells you how to live and what to buy, and their customers follow. In photos the screen size still looks like a joke.

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  • 2013-02-21 21:57
  • YT83

> In reply to Duel @ 2013-02-21 21:39 from p77X - click to readCan't the iphone 3G, 3Gs, and iphone 4 be considered as cheap apple phones? They are much cheaper than iphone 5 and even 4s. So I'm not really sure that releasing a cheaper iphones going to make a big difference.

The people that buy iphones think that they are part of some sort of elite group that are fortunate enough to own the product. In other words, little people who believe that owning an iphone makes them seem bigger and more popular than they really are. The iphone more of a fashion statement anything else.

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  • 2013-02-21 21:49
  • 6w7a

> In reply to Duel @ 2013-02-21 21:39 from p77X - click to readApple is selling high end phones which are more expensive than cheap low end apple's high end phones bring in more money than those low end phones and apple has low end phone like the iphone 3gs,3 and 4 the used to be high end but now they are low end

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  • 2013-02-21 21:47
  • HHHH

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