Apple Has Become the Third Largest Mobile Phone Manufacturer

You know that company declared doomed many times? Yeah, that one. The one named after a fruit. Well, Apple has been moving up the charts in all categories. Just last week, it was reported that Apple had once again become the world’s largest smartphone maker. They dethroned copy-cat Samsung in order to do so.

IDC 4Q 2011 phone estimate
Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales in 4Q11 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)

Today, research firm IDC revealed its estimates of worldwide mobile phone sales for the fourth quarter of and full-year of 2011. What’s most notable is that that Apple moved past LG to claim third place in the rankings for the first time. Since 2010, Apple was rapidly closing in on LG, but fell back into fifth place behind ZTE during the third quarter since customers held off in anticipation of a new iPhone. Turns out, the phone that nobody wanted (iPhone 4S) was enough to move Apple up in the year’s final quarter and by a large enough margin that it was able to pass LG in full-year numbers as well. LG saw shipments decrease from 30.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 17.7 million phones in the most recent quarter, while Chinese handset maker ZTE had 17.1 million.

IDC 4Q 2011 phones

Just last week, Apple reported a massive blowout quarter and reported that it sold 37.04 million iPhones. In addition, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

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