iPhone 5 and 4S Top Samsung Galaxy S III in Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 4Q 2012

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in November, research firm Strategy Analytics estimated that Samsung's Galaxy S III had topped the list of worldwide smartphone shipments for the third quarter of 2012, taking advantage of a lull in iPhone 4S sales ahead of the iPhone 5 launch to claim the crown.

    Unsurprisingly, the firm's latest figures published today find that Apple easily reclaimed the title for the fourth quarter of the year with the iPhone 5 seeing shipments of 27.4 million units for 12.6% of the market.

    Not only did the iPhone 5 top the market, but the iPhone 4S also saw more shipments than the Galaxy S III, as shipments of the previous-generation iPhone actually saw an uptick in the fourth quarter after Apple cut pricing.
    Strategy Analytics' numbers are of course an estimate, given that Apple does not break down iPhone sales by model and Samsung does not even release handset shipment data.

    The leapfrog game between Apple and Samsung is likely to continue when Samsung launches its new flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, which is expected on March 14.

    Article Link: iPhone 5 and 4S Top Samsung Galaxy S III in Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 4Q 2012
  2. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
  3. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Those are some really impressive numbers. Apple, time to play catch up!
    $5 says Apple releases the iPhone 5S earlier because of the GS4.
  4. bushido, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    estimates tho?

    i'm estimating that Germany sells 76,23 % Milka chocolate compared to Oreos with 1,34 %
  5. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
  6. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Now let's compare the combined iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S sales with the combined Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 sales, shall we? And if that doesn't help, let's also add the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S to the mix.

    Are those ridiculous statistics really necessary? By now everybody already knows that Samsung sells more UNITS than Apple while Apple still has a larger profit margin because they only sell devices in the high-end price segment.

    And unless Apple all of a sudden also enters the low-end price segment (i.e. smartphones WITHOUT contract for LESS than 99 USD), those figures won't magically change.
  7. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    It's nice to see an estimate on how Apple is doing with overall sales in the high end market, which includes the S3...
  8. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007

    I would ask: Is this the most important concern of Mac and Apple users
    that really belongs in the Wall Street Journal...what is the most important
    issue, is the security update offered today for download. Too often I find this site to be devoted to business news and if that is the intent, why not create a new webpage: APPLEBUSINESSNEWS.COM
  9. unlinked macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    I guess quarterly figures helps generate more articles but it would be nice to see some comparisons of annual figures since Apple and Samsung produce their new lead phones once a year.
  10. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    I can only assume you read the title and not the post. I thought they meant a combined total when I read the title but the chart and article point out that the 4S and 5 both outsold the S3 individually.

    \/\/ Read the post.
  11. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    My first thought as well. :confused:

    Holy crap... while I can understand people rooting for Apple (myself included) the distortion and propaganda around here is mind-boggling at times. :eek:
  12. pgiguere1, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The table shows smartphone shipment share as well as market share, not profit share.

    The Galaxy line is actually behind in all areas (not sure if you include all Samsung models, including low-end Android 2.3 models, though).

    Android as a whole beats the iPhone worldwide, but it doesn't it the US.
  13. street.cory, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    street.cory macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009

    I don't think anyone expects Apple to stay in first place as far as innovation AND sales go. History repeats itself.

    The difference is we want Apple to continue to be the frontrunner. But in an area where innovation and advancements have happened so quickly with smartphones ever since the iPhone; it is expected to have other companies to catch copy, catch up, and/or innovate.

    Apple has to respond. How they do that is ultimately up to them. I hope they take their own advice and not stretch themselves too thin and don't start introducing "crappy stuff".
  14. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Who cares anymore

    Next month it will change and Samsung is winning.
  15. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012
    Not exactly apples to apples is it?
  16. frank8880 macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2012
    winni please stop whining, apple ftw brah.
  17. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Apparently the stock market does.
  18. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    How is comparing an individual smartphone model to another individual smartphone model not apples to apples?
  19. phillipduran macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2008
    Ya, my first thoughts in reading the article was that this is not the way to compare things.

    Let's just add in more hardware versions until our total sales exceed their single item sales. :rolleyes:
  20. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Those are some crazy 3rd quarter numbers for the iPhone 5 since that is only based on 9 days.
  21. street.cory macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    The stock market analysts do. And the stock market analysts make nearly unattainable expectations for Apple. They had one of their best years and their stock price plummeted; not because of performance but because they "didn't meet analyst expecations". I don't expect Apple to fade away like BlackBerry or even hold a spot like Microsoft in the mobile phone market. I just believe the onslaught of Android devices of all form and fashion over the past 4 years has finally started to take its toll on Apple's shipments.
  22. Mac2133, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    Mac2133 macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    If you're going to include 4S and 5, then you should also include S2 and Blaze. This is an unfair comparison - to take just the S3.
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    If Apple just moved up the release date of the iPhones by a few months, it seems they could decimate Samsung's bounce (and I mean decimate in the literal sense: cut by 10%.)
  24. somethingelsefl macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I agree. Can anyone give a good reason why Samsung's older model was not including when Apple's older model was included? After all, just like the iPhone 4S...the S2 is still on sale in many markets (even with a similar pricing model).
  25. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    It's blowing my mind how many people are not bothering to read the article before making these snarky comments.

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