Apple's Smartphone Growth Slows as Mobile Phone Market Accelerates in 2Q 2013

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Research firm IDC has released its estimates on worldwide mobile phone sales for the second quarter of 2013, showing Apple's iPhone growth slowing as it posted its second-lowest iPhone growth rate in four years with only 20% year-over-year growth compared to 52.3% growth for the entire market. However, Apple maintained a hold on the number two spot for smartphone makers behind Samsung, as other competitors LG, Lenovo, and ZTE failed to hit the 6% mark during the quarter.

    Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)
    Apple continues to benefit from the growth of smartphones, as it held onto its spot as the number three manufacturer in the world in looking at total mobile phone shipments. Apple's overall unit shipments were up 5.2% from previous quarter, while overall market share rose 0.8% allowing the company to grab an overall 7.2% market share for the quarter.

    Worldwide Mobile Phone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)

    Article Link: Apple's Smartphone Growth Slows as Mobile Phone Market Accelerates in 2Q 2013
  2. ajcadoo macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Impressive numbers from Samsung. iOS 7 is definitely make or break for Apple.
  3. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    lousy excuse

    iphone buyers are holding off

    nobody cares anymore

    the latest iphone 5 is good enough

    if it has the same size screen then nobody cares.

    go home apple.
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    While the numbers may very well be true, the number I am more interested in is the number of units sold, not shipped.
  5. richeyty macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2013
    Lets see this after iphone 5s and the low cost iphone come out...
  6. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Can you tell me where are those secret warehouses full of not sold smartphones? Thanks
  7. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Evidently Verizon has a boat load :D
  8. eltaurus, Jul 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

    eltaurus macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2012
    opss sorry .. i switched to HTC one from iphone4 as (wifi direct share is not available in ios 7) and iphone 5 isn't got enough screen is still small .. and apple being to controlling.. iOS 7 naaahhhh

    love Mac OS / not so much iOS anymore
  9. RobertMartens macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
  10. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    How in the hell is the lead to that "Apple's growth slows" instead of "everybody on this chart sees year-to-year growth?" Apple grew when you compare apples to apples -- all smartphones since Apple sells no dumbphones -- along with Samsung, LG and "others" the expense of Nokia.

    Reports like this that make the mainstream media are why my mom tells me things like "I heard the new iPhone wasn't selling well because of that new connector."
  11. PollyK macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Those are some crushing stats from Sammy. But I'm sure the usual Shipped Vs. Sold excuse will get beat to no end. Because you know, Sammy's quarterly profit reports mean nothing.
  12. RobertMartens macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    If 26 million was a fabulous number last quarter than 31 million is also probably fabulous.
  13. thaifood macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    All the more reason why apple will benefit immensely from a lower cost phone that can be introduced to markets that are predominantly unsubsidised. Or even in current subsidised markets to create a $0 upfront payment for a handset as soon as the device is released.
  14. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Nah, if they get in a jam they can just ship 10 million phones that will never sell through, and problem solved! Anyway, it's about time Apple returned the favor and ripped off one of Samsung's "innovations". ;)
  15. Iconoclysm macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Make or break? That's pretty extreme.
  16. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    I would like to show all of you that Android phones in the US are under $40 OFF CONTRACT!!!

    Imagine what the price of some smartphones in China and India are? Especially the knock-off brands (KIRF).

    When all mobile phones become smartphones, if Apple holds on to 10%+ market share that is more than enough. If they hold 20%+ that would mean they make more $$$ than everyone else combined!
  17. verpeiler macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2013
    Munich, Germany
    ..a slightly bigger screen would be the best thing for the iPhone sales.
  18. ElTorro macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    The first chart is for smartphones only, so it is apples to apples. Apple grew only 20% since last year. Samsung smartphones now outsell Apple 2 to 1
  19. smulji macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2011
    The RATE of Apple's growth is slowing. And Apple's smartphone market share shrunk even though the overall smartphone market grew by approximately 50%.
  20. EbookReader, Jul 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

    EbookReader macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
    It doesn't bode well for Ipad either...

    First half of 2013 in Western Europe


    Android tablets: 61.2%
    Ipad: 37.2%
    other: 1.6%

    2013 First Quarter


    Wouldn't be surprised to see Android Tablet at 75% market share in the near future. Something like this within 2 years....

    Android tablets: 75%
    Ipad: 20%
    Window tablet: 5%

    Why? A top of the line 7" 16GB HD Android tablets are now on sales for $159...It's hard to compete with that.

    80% / 20% duopology will continue:

    Windows / Macs
    Android phone / iphone
    Android tablets / Ipad
  21. vmistery macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2010
    Looks like Lenovo are making an entrance by those figures. Yet I have never even seen a Lenovo phone for sale here in the UK!
  22. pgiguere1, Jul 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The main thing I conclude from looking at both tables is that smartphones are cannibalizing feature phones worldwide, hence the strong smartphone growth for most manufacturers except Apple despite a moderate growth for phones in general.

    With super-cheap Android phones becoming the norm in emerging countries, feature phones will soon be a thing of the past. Although I doubt Apple will ever release a low-end device (maybe a mid-range one), it will get increasingly difficult to split phones into different categories as now they're all going to be "smartphones".

    Obviously Apple's worldwide smartphone marketshare will suffer from this effect and they will get a perception problem (it already started) regardless of its performance as a high-end smartphone manufacturer.
  23. skratch77 macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2013
    You do know Samsung numbers are mostley from there top end phones right? Like the gs4,note 2 and gs3 sales or did you some how think Samsung's 23billion pure profit in the last 6 months is from 40 dollar phones?
  24. EbookReader macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012


    2013 2nd Quarter might look like this

    Android: 80%
    iOS: 13.1%
    Windows phone: 3%
    Blackberry: 3%
    Linux: 0.9%

    We will find out the exact # in a few days. We only know iOS number for sure at 13.1%. Since that 13.1% is the % of iOS market share in 2013 2Q.

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