Apple dominates Q4 shipments with iPhone 5 and 4S

Apple has overtaken Samsung in order to dominate global smartphone shipments in the final three months of 2012, mainly thanks to the release of its flagship device.

The iPhone 5 first hit shelves on September 21st, and this accounts for the huge leap from six million to 27.4 million unit deliveries between the third and fourth quarters.

Its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, continues to perform well, as it attracts gadget lovers who want to take advantage of iOS on a smaller budget.

Strategy Analytics figures show that 17.4 million examples of this model were shipped between October and December – seven per cent more than the three months before.

However, Samsung Galaxy S3 shipments have started to slow as the device reaches market penetration following a May 2012 release date.

Overall smartphone deliveries grew by considerable 26 per cent between the third and fourth quarters to reach a total of 217 million, perhaps due to increased demand over the holiday season.

Posted by Simon Thomas

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