Apple Becomes World’s Leading Smartphone Manufacturer

Apple vs. Nokia

Nokia for many years had been the world’s leading smartphone manufacture, but now Apple has surpassed them. Apple now has sold more smartphone units and brings in more revenue,  with Apple shipping more iPhones than Nokia this last quarter.

A year ago, IDC reported that  Apple had come in second for the number of global worldwide smartphone shipments against other smartphone manufactures and achieved a 16.1% of global market share. Nokia, on the other hand, dominated with 28% of the market. However, over the last few years Nokia has seen a decrease in market share. Apple’s most recent numbers not only puts them ahead of Nokia, but every other smartphone manufacture!

The Financial Times reports that Apple’s last earnings call,  during which 20+ million iPhones had been shipped during the Q3 of 2011 was announced. In comparison, Nokia reported a 34% decrease in handset sales  to only 16.7 million devices sold in Q3.

Shipments of Nokia smartphones declined by 34 percent to 16.7m units, compared with the 20.3m iPhones shipped by Apple in its second quarter. Apple was already the biggest smartphone maker by revenue and profits, but the April-June period marked the first time it had surpassed Nokia in volume.

The drop in sales caused Nokia’s rank to drop to third place, behind Apple and Samsung. Before 2007, Apple had no existence in the smartphone industry. Now, they have become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in less than 5 years. Yup, looks like iPhone is definitely “dead in the water“.


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Parth Dhebar

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