Apple Overtakes Samsung to Become Largest Mobile Phone Vendor in U.S.

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple overtook Samsung as the market leader in mobile phones in the United States for the final quarter of 2012, reports Strategy Analytics, though Samsung still led for the year as a whole. The development marks the first time Apple has held the top spot in overall mobile phone shipments.

    The technology analysts estimate that a total of 52 million mobile phones were shipped in the U.S. last quarter, with Apple accounting for 17.7 million of them, Samsung for 16.8 million and LG a distant third with 4.7 million. Samsung had held the top spot since 2008 before being dethroned by Apple.

    Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston said:
    The firm believes, however, that Samsung may retake the title when it launches its rumored Galaxy S4.

    Meantime, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday rejected Apple's renewed attempt to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as noted by AllThingsD. Apple was initially awarded an injunction which prohibited sales of the Nexus in the long-running patent battle between the two companies, but this was overturned in October. This now exhausts Apple's appeal options, making the latest decision final.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Sometimes I wonder if being an analyst consists of owning a random number generator. Not saying the report is inaccurate, but how exactly do they come up with these numbers?
  3. zin
    macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    Not Really ... Title Misleading

    Just pointing out that Apple took the lead for the last quarter most likely due to the timing of the release of the Iphone 5. Samsung was still significantly ahead for the entire year. The title of this article is a bit misleading and reads as though this is some sort of mega competition ala Super Bowl.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2006
    The iPhone is failing. The world is coming to an end.
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    New model introduced=obvious sales

    Happens with every major manufacturer
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    Here it Comes, Another Thread Obsessing on the Wrong Thing

    Time to shift the conversation. Apple is no longer in danger of going out of business like is was in the 90's. This was Steve's greatest accomplishment. Apple now has the ecosystem to carry it long into the future. Let others obsess with profits and marketshare. We want continued great design and polished innovation. The rest will take of itself.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2004
    New York
    oh no! More good news, AAPL will take a pounding...
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    Samsung has like, a bajillion different phones for sale. Apple releases one phone per year.
  11. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Samsung certainly thinks it is. :D
  12. macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    The "cheaper iPhone" has to be in production... Android is starting to saturate certain new international markets because of cheap adoption through a subsidizing culture created by Google & Samsung.

    Android is stronger than it ever was, and Apple knows this, and Apple knows they have to release a cheap iPhone. I personally believe they should go back to the smaller screen, and make a phone out of polycarbonate backing.

    The iPhone 5 is still undoubtedly the best phone ever made. :cool:

    Next Fall - The iPhone 5s(along with the 5) should be able to make purchases with NFC & Bio-Metric scanning as the next big update, and while they do that... they should debut a smaller cheaper iPhone that can not do that particular feature. This would hurt the initial stock, but promote stronger investments in an array of avenues.
  13. syd430, Feb 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 1, 2013


    Next report: Apple shipped more phones on iPhone 5 launch day than Samsung
  14. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    "SELL SELL SELL! Apple can't keep up!" - analyst
  15. macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
  16. macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Funny. Every other story I read especially on Engadget, says that Apple won the quarter but Samsung downright outsold Apple for the year.
  17. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Yes, there has to be at least one other country it does good in.
  18. Guest

    Yeah because this report really proved all those analysts wrong.
  19. macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    So how far will the stock drop on this news? :rolleyes: The biggest thing is look at the closing of the gap for the whole year. Last year, Apple had a huge gap between them and they've closed that to 5% in just one year. But of course, they're doomed and failing, right?
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    The rest of the World is fine thanks
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    From a company that never made a phone until six years ago
  22. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    ...For now...

    (This is a leap-frog game and it can only make my Apple products improve as a result)
  23. macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    The Important figure here is the YOY growth for Apple and the lack of said growth for Samsung. It also should be mentioned that Apple only has 3 phones for sale, while Samsung has like ~10x that amount on the market.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Only in USA, at christmas time. Nice stats, they really clarify the market's reality.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
    you're disregarding the fact that if a person wants iOS, they only have one choice, Apple. If a person wants Android, they have the option of Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Sony, LG, etc. So for you to argue about the discrepancy of models offered by each company is a moot point.

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