U.S. iPhone Sales Overtake Android Sales by Slim Margin in Q4 2014 with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    For the first time since 2012, sales of Apple's iPhone overtook sales of Android devices by a slight margin during the October to December 2014 period in the United States, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (via TechCrunch). Apple's iPhone took a 47.7% sales share of the U.S. smartphone market while Android accounted for 47.6%, with Windows Phone accounting for 3.8% of sales.
    Kantar also notes that the iPhone 6 was the best selling smartphone in the United States, and that the iPhone's market share rose 6.2% in Europe during the holiday quarter. By comparison, Android's share declined 3.8% overall in Europe, as Italy was the only country to experience market share growth. In China, Apple grew 2.2% to claim a 21.5% market share, with the growth attributed to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    During the company's earnings call last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought more Android switchers and new customers than prior models. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold a record 74.5 million units during the holiday quarter, with a 46% growth when compared to last year and Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

    Article Link: U.S. iPhone Sales Overtake Android Sales by Slim Margin in Q4 2014 with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch
  2. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
  3. newagemac, Feb 4, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015

    newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    That's absolutely crazy numbers for a single manufacturer compared to everybody else combined. I guess when you make great products and back it up with awesome support, people will keep coming back. No matter what all the trolls on this forum try and say. You'll see them posting below doing damage control, just laugh and move on...
  4. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    % pt change:
    -3.8 - Android
    3.8 - iPhone
    -0.4 - Windows
    -0.3 - Other
    Something doesn't add up..?
  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    The Android figure should be -3.1%.
  6. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Impressive numbers.

    Now wait to next quarter to see if it is a trend or just a seasonal spike
  7. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    The December quarter is when Apple sells the most iPhones... so there's always a seasonal spike.

    But people seem to like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus... and people buy iPhones all year long.

    So I'm fairly confident next quarter will the best March quarter ever too.

    After that? Who knows. Apple's gotta hit the wall sometime. It just hasn't happened yet.

    Every year Apple sells more iPhones than the previous year. It will be interesting to see what happens when they don't!
  8. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2007
    Pretty surprising...

    As long as Apple and Android are about equal in sales I think I'll be happy. I don't want to see Apple fail but I also don't want to see android get crushed. I don't want to bring up the competition thing... but android really does help push innovation in the market.
  9. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Looks like a cheap phone wasn't the answer, after all.
  10. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Well it looks like (to me) that Apple was able to retain current customers and attracts new ones based on a few factors - one of the biggest being the larger screen. For many (enough) - this was a reason to jump to an Android device. And for those on the fence as to which to buy, made the "battle ground" more even.
  11. SPUY767 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2003
    It still irritates me that we refer to Android Sales as though they mean anything.

    This is true of every manufacturer. It's called the holiday shopping season.
  12. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Looking at the original article the only place where iOS showed a small loss was in Japan. But also interesting is that windows is still in the single figures (except in France). And everything else is a tiny number in the other category. It truly has become a two horse race. BB, Opera, Firefox, Symbian - where are you guys? The question now is if MSFT can get enough traction to make it a three horse race.
  13. sofila macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2006
    Ramtop Mountains
    I would like to see MSFT figures growing. They have some good ideas (not only crap) and competition is always good for the customer.
  14. KidAKidB macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2014
    And Steve Jobs said that 3.5" was the perfect screen size :rolleyes:


    And why would Android sales not mean anything?

    As for holiday shopping season, Apple releases the new iPhones just a few months before it, so a lot of people wait to get them for Christmas. So yes, holiday season is a huge boom for Apple sales compared to the rest of the competitors.
  15. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    It will be interesting to see how this averages out over time. It's not surprising that iPhone 6 series sales are so strong, after all Apple deprived us of modern sized displays for nearly three years. Therefore the pent up demand was huge.

    Once that's filled, the true demand for iPhones will reveal itself. With Apple their brilliant and very persuasive sales pitch, only time will tell. :)
  16. Macist macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    It's almost as if people were just waiting to buy the bigger iPhones Apple said they didn't want.
  17. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Isn't a larger influence to retaining customers "ecosystem loyalty" (or lockin?). I have hundreds of dollars of apps and music which cannot transfer to Android.

    I chose Apple, of course, but recently I wonder if i would again, starting from scratch. "Death from a Thousand Cuts". "Lost the Functional High Ground". "My wife's iPad is a brick after iOS8 update".
  18. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    yes. of the hundreds of millions of iPhone customers since 2007, they have all hated bigger phones. that's why the iPhone has been getting smaller over time.
  19. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Do you wake up angry?:) Trolls, really? A difference in opinion on interpreting data = troll. Got it. I can come up with a completely different read of the data that will be equally as valid as yours, all the while being an opposing opinion. I can even do it without being derogatory.;)

    Smile man. Go hug somebody.
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Ecosystem is definitely big. I was referring to those that wanted a bigger screen. I think many held out. I also think many jumped over to Android and one of the biggest reasons was screen size. For work I use an iPhone - but I jumped to Android for the bigger screen (as an example) and also because I just wanted to try something different. I was/am tempted by the larger iPhone now - but there are still things about Android that I simply like better. So that's what's keeping me on Android for my personal phone.

    Both OSes are great. It comes down to personal preference.
  21. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    IMO, I believe there is also some discontent within the Android community with the ever increasing fragmentation of the OS. This is becoming more apparent as it tries to move to the 64 bit level. The A7 is more responsible for the current state than the iPhone Design itself. A7, A8, A9 all very happy with each other.

    Android is facing a 64 bit world with several different chip designers. If Google is not COMPLETELY on top of this, Android could very well become the WIN Vista of the Mobil OS. :apple:
  22. tomegun macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Las Vegas
    You don't have to wait that long for the next article like this, with pie chart and/or graph. It seems like these articles are more common than rumor articles. What is goING on Macrumors?
  23. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    Apple doesn't have to crush Android, but I'm sure their plan is to take enough marketshare it drives the big players out of the market because they can't make a profit on phones.

    If the big players were to pull out Apple could reduce development expenses, lengthen product cycles and increase prices. This would drive profits to unprecedented levels. There would be a lot of happy people on these forums if Apple could drive the big players out of the market and own it all.

    If you didn't like the iPhone a few smaller alternatives would exist, but if Apple really wants to own it all they must drive the big competition out of the market.
  24. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    Two reasons, Android sales are estimates and estimates using data from companies that try to overstate their sales, without actual representing to the actual number.
    Second because there are lots of "android smartphones" that are sold in this category but aren't actually ever used as a smartphone. They are cheap and the intention of the person buying them is to be able to make phone calls and sends text messages easily. It is kind of arbitrary to include them in the same category as the iPhone 6 and count them as an equal unit.
  25. ABCDEF-Hex macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    Hey, MacRumors

    You can stop writing these stories defending Apple now. They can certainly take care of themselves. How about some "rumors" about new products instead of sales charts.

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