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Apple's Smartphone Growth Slows as Mobile Phone Market Accelerates in 2Q 2013

Research firm IDC has released its estimates on worldwide mobile phone sales for the second quarter of 2013, showing Apple's iPhone growth slowing as it posted its second-lowest iPhone growth rate in four years with only 20% year-over-year growth compared to 52.3% growth for the entire market. However, Apple maintained a hold on the number two spot for smartphone makers behind Samsung, as other competitors LG, Lenovo, and ZTE failed to hit the 6% mark during the quarter.

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Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)
Apple posted its second-lowest year-over-year iPhone growth rate in almost four years as some buyers presumably held off on iPhone purchases in advance of an expected next-generation device launch this fall. Nonetheless, the 31.2 million iPhones Apple shipped last quarter was impressive as its flagship iPhone 5 model, which has been in the market for three quarters, was faced with additional global competition in the form of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's critically-acclaimed One models. Apple's growth is likely to accelerate globally assuming it launches a lower-cost iPhone and continues to penetrate prepaid markets in the quarters to come.
Apple continues to benefit from the growth of smartphones, as it held onto its spot as the number three manufacturer in the world in looking at total mobile phone shipments. Apple’s overall unit shipments were up 5.2% from previous quarter, while overall market share rose 0.8% allowing the company to grab an overall 7.2% market share for the quarter.

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Worldwide Mobile Phone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)


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18 months ago

While the numbers may very well be true, the number I am more interested in is the number of units sold, not shipped.


Can you tell me where are those secret warehouses full of not sold smartphones? Thanks
Rating: 23 Votes
18 months ago

Can you tell me where are those secret warehouses full of not sold smartphones? Thanks


Evidently Verizon has a boat load :D
Rating: 20 Votes
18 months ago
Impressive numbers from Samsung. iOS 7 is definitely make or break for Apple.
Rating: 9 Votes
18 months ago
Those are some crushing stats from Sammy. But I'm sure the usual Shipped Vs. Sold excuse will get beat to no end. Because you know, Sammy's quarterly profit reports mean nothing.
Rating: 9 Votes
18 months ago
While the numbers may very well be true, the number I am more interested in is the number of units sold, not shipped.
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago
It doesn't bode well for Ipad either...

First half of 2013 in Western Europe

http://www.teleread.com/tablet/context-data-shows-android-tablets-leading-europe-ipads-slipping/

The latest data report from London-headquartered tech sales and pricing research firm CONTEXT shows tablets holding up the otherwise declining consumer PC distribution business across Western Europe —but specifically, Android tablets.

According to the CONTEXT figures, sales of tablets rose 137 percent in the first half of 2013, with low-end Android devices leading that trend.

“In the consumer segment, while the iPad remains a popular choice, we have seen tablet demand steadily driven by low end Android offerings”, said Marie Christine Pygott, Senior Analyst at CONTEXT. “The increasing availability of attractively priced Android systems means consumers can easily buy a tablet as an additional product to their home PC, which means they postpone the replacement of their traditional PC.”

According to the CONTEXT data, Android tablets now account for 61.2 percent of the Western European tablet market, more than double the 25.1 percent recorded the same time last year. Apple iOS devices, meanwhile, fell to 37.2 percent of Western European tablet market sales by distribution, from 71.2 percent at the same time last year.

This analysis also screens out the effect of Windows 8, credited in some quarters with helping to drive increased tablet market share and cut into Apple’s tablet lead, but in fact with little to no impact, according to CONTEXT.

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Android tablets: 61.2%
Ipad: 37.2%
other: 1.6%


2013 First Quarter



Wouldn't be surprised to see Android Tablet at 75% market share in the near future. Something like this within 2 years....

Android tablets: 75%
Ipad: 20%
Window tablet: 5%

Why? A top of the line 7" 16GB HD Android tablets are now on sales for $159...It's hard to compete with that.

80% / 20% duopology will continue:

Windows / Macs
Android phone / iphone
Android tablets / Ipad
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
lousy excuse

iphone buyers are holding off

nobody cares anymore

the latest iphone 5 is good enough

if it has the same size screen then nobody cares.

go home apple.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
opss sorry .. i switched to HTC one from iphone4 as (wifi direct share is not available in ios 7) and iphone 5 isn't got enough screen is still small .. and apple being to controlling.. iOS 7 naaahhhh

love Mac OS / not so much iOS anymore
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
Maybe Apple will finally decide to offer a bigger and wider screen, higher resolution, a more substantial battery, higher capacity without increasing the price by 2, and a design radically different from the iphone 4 .. .

Or maybe they'll persist in their obstinate way, letting Samsung increase its market shares...



Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago
Why not just register a patent on growth in market share?
They could sue Samsung pretty well...
Rating: 6 Votes

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