Last month, it was reported that the leading vendor for smartphones would be Apple. The report suggested that Apple is expected to ship 86.4 million units in 2011, which would be a significant increase from the 47.5 million iPhones the company shipped last year. In addition, Nokia would fall to No. 2 worldwide.
This week, IHS iSuppli revealed its latest figures, showing that Apple has shipped 20.3 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2011; making the company the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Also, Apple’s totals beat out No. 2 Samsung, with 19.6 million, and third-place Nokia, with 16.7 million.
In July, Apple revealed in its quarterly earnings that iPhone sales exceeded 20 million. Apple’s sales were driven by the year-old iPhone 4, which has remained the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. well into its lifespan.
The numbers from IHS put those figures in perspective. IHS sees the iPhone continuing to play a major role in rapid expansion of the smartphone market. The report suggests that a total of 478 million smartphones will be shipped in 2011, up 62.4 percent from the 294 million in 2010. Apple’s sales are exceeding the market average, with the iPhone seeing 142.2 percent annual unit shipment growth in the second quarter of 2011.
IHS also predicts that more than a billion smartphones will be sold in the year 2015 and smartphone shipments are expected to account for more than half of all cellphones in 2015.