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The iPhone has been named the "best-selling tech product of 2017" by analyst Daniel Ives of GBH Insights (via USA Today).

Apple's smartphone achieved the same ranking in 2016, and Ives said that the company will sell a total of 223 million iPhones in 2017, increasing from 211 million sold in 2016.

The iPhone was followed by Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (33 million), Amazon Echo Dot (24 million), Apple Watch (20 million), and Nintendo Switch (15 million).

The rankings include all models of iPhone grouped together, explaining why the gap is so large between Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
But all in all, Apple sold more iPhones total, although less than the peak year of 2015, when it moved 230 million units. (That was the year of the iPhone 6, a redesign that brought a bigger iPhone to consumers for the first time and enthralled the public.)

Ives thinks Apple will have an even bigger 2018, with a spring update to its compact SE iPhone and more new phones in the fall. Out of the billion-plus consumer base of the iPhone, "350 million of them will upgrade next year," says Ives.
In the fourth spot, Ives described Apple Watch as a product that's now "found its niche" in the wearables market, thanks to the LTE Series 3 update that makes it less reliant on the iPhone. The analyst also cited ongoing discounts for older models, improved battery life on the Series 3, and Apple's pivot away from marketing the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory to one mainly used for fitness and working out.

Earlier this week, data shared by mobile analytics firm Flurry described the iPhone and iPad as the most popular items gifted around the world for the holidays. Flurry looked at device activations from December 19 to December 25 and noted that 44 percent of new device activations were for Apple products, with the iPhone 7 leading the pack at 15.1 percent of Apple product activations. For the newer models, the iPhone X was at 14.7 percent while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sat at 8.1 and 8.7 percent, respectively.

Article Link: Apple's iPhone Easily Named 'Best-Selling Tech Product of 2017'
 

ThomasJL

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Unbelievable. It’s unbelievable it sold so well. First, you have the iPhone X with its ugly notch and lack of home button. Then you have the iPhone 8 with the same design as the iPhone 7, which has the same design as the iPhone 6s, which has the same design as the iPhone 6.

Both product names—iPhone X and iPhone 8—are blatant lies to customers. There was no iPhone 9 and the iPhone 8 is really an iPhone 7s.

(The iPhone 7 name was a lie as it was really an iPhone 6ss. Therefore, the iPhone 8 is really an iPhone 6sss.)

It’s amazing that Apple can be so lazy with their industrial design and hardware engineering and still be not only named the best-selling tech product of 2017, but “easily” named the best selling tech product of 2017. It’s a shame that there are no consequences for Apple’s lazy actions.
 

Oscar_440

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Sure, but in 2018 maybe won't be as good as these year if they don't fix "the brand new battery issue" :(
 

Pearple

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It‘s only best selling tech product because the battery driven Vibrator didn’t qualify.
 

Baymowe335

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Unbelievable. It’s unbelievable it sold so well. First, you have the iPhone X with its ugly notch and lack of home button. Then you have the iPhone 8 with the same design as the iPhone 7, which has the same design as the iPhone 6s, which has the same design as the iPhone 6.

Both product names—iPhone X and iPhone 8—are blatant lies to customers. There was no iPhone 9 and the iPhone 8 is really an iPhone 7s.

(The iPhone 7 name was a lie as it was really an iPhone 6ss. Therefore, the iPhone 8 is really an iPhone 6sss.)

It’s amazing that Apple can be so lazy with their industrial design and hardware engineering and still be not only named the best-selling tech product of 2017, but “easily” named the best selling tech product of 2017. It’s a shame that there are no consequences for Apple’s lazy actions.
You say all this nonsense like it's fact. The iPhone X has good hardware.
  • The best mobile silicon in the industry (fact).
  • The cameras are phenomenal (best still camera on the market).
  • The OLED screen was rated the best screen in the industry.
You may not like the design, but a lot of people do. FaceID has some interesting and cool tech that works.

Ever use an iPhone X? The home button now feels like 1996.

200M+ people aren't wrong. MANY people just like iOS more than Android.
 
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SamRyouji

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This doesn't make sense.

If you grouping all the iPhone family, why don't you group all the Samsung Galaxy family too?
I think it makes sense, since GBH compares Samsung's and Apple's flagship devices curently on sale worldwide only. Samsung's flagships only covers the S and Note series only based on specs.

If Samsung still sell the S6, S6edge, S7, S7edge, Note5, and they make the Note FanEdition availability worldwide, then Samsung would easily beat Apple. The same if Apple only listed iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X and discontinued all other models for us in 2017.

It's a pretty slick tactic by Apple to continue sell the older models to maintain the chart position. Kudos for them.
 

deany

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"Easily named" come on we are not stupid, what do you take us for?

Is Daniel Ives, Johnny's twice cousin once removed, the removed bit being Ives to Eve.
 

MacModMachine

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still more tho


not even close , samsung makes many galaxy phones , j3 , j7 , s8 , s8+ , note

samsung far outsells apple in phones ... this is another garbage written apple aritcle.

they averaged 80 mil per quarter in phone sales....all galaxy phones....thAts 320m in a year....
 
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Giantscruz

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This doesn't make sense.

If you grouping all the iPhone family, why don't you group all the Samsung Galaxy family too?
The galaxy and the note are combined. That seems pretty fair to me. Both of Samsung’s biggest phones.

Though now that I think of it, I guess Apple has 3 phones accounting for their numbers.
 
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