Apple's Share of Smartphone Market Slips as Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones for First Time

Research firm IDC yesterday released its estimates on worldwide mobile phone sales for the first quarter of 2013, showing Apple losing some ground in the smartphone market with only 6.6% year-over-year growth compared to 41.6% growth for the entire market. Still, Apple maintained a firm grasp on the number two spot behind Samsung, as challengers LG, Huawei, and ZTE were unable to reach the 5% mark during the quarter.

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Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 1Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)

Apple's smartphone shipment volume hit a new first-quarter high thanks in part to the iPhone 5, with volume growing 6.6% year over year. However, the last time the iPhone maker posted a single-digit year-over-year growth rate was 3Q09. The iPhone maker has held the second spot in the smartphone rankings for the past five quarters. Apple's mix of models shipped to market is increasingly diversified as it tries to reach new buyers.

Apple does, however, continue to ride the wave of popularity for smartphones, with IDC noting that smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time during the quarter. As a result, Apple's 6.6% year-over-growth outpaced the 4.0% growth rate of the mobile phone market as a whole, allowing Apple to creep up to an 8.9% share.

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Worldwide Mobile Phone Shipments in 1Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)

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Top Rated Comments

mrobit Avatar
145 months ago
iOs 7 will bring better results. Hardware is flawless, software and price is the reason why people go to Samsung.
Software should be the reason why people stay away from Samsung.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zunjine Avatar
145 months ago
What i DON'T like about the iPhone is a far longer list, Poor Battery Life, Poor Screen quality compared to the Super AMOLED screens on the Samsungs, tiny screen size, price for what you get is appalling compared to competitors.

See, this is interesting. I have to disagree with you on all these points.

The battery life on the iPhone isn't poor compared to the industry in general. It's actually pretty good. Sure, it could be better - but it certainly isn't bad.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6330/the-iphone-5-review/13

The iPhone 5 screen is widely considered to be among the best screens available on any consumer device. If you consider all things, not just the PPI then you see things more clearly... no pun intended! OK. Pun intended.

http://www.redmondpie.com/displaymate-iphone-5-display-is-better-than-any-consumer-display-you-own-beats-galaxy-s-iii/

Screen size is smaller, yes - this is a preference thing. I, for one, am glad that Apple hasn't gone crazy with the massive screens. This article on The Verge was a breath of fresh air for me - finally some people talking sense about screen sizes: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/16/4230996/motorola-developing-android-phones-with-stock-software-just-right-size

As for price, other high end smartphones are roughly the same price offline. The Galaxy s4, for example, is around £600 offline here in the UK. About the same as a 32GB iPhone 5. Plus, with the iPhone, you don't get the tacky cheap plastic and the bloatware - and you get support! Software updates, an amazing ecosystem and people to talk to. All worth money to me.

Obviously, all things are down to personal taste in the end, but to claim that the iPhone has a poor battery and a poor screen and is too expensive is just factually incorrect.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macUser2007 Avatar
145 months ago
Yeah, we don't need no OS improvements, no larger screens, no multitasking, no customization....

Sad.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apple_iBoy Avatar
145 months ago

What i DON'T like about the iPhone is a far longer list, Poor Battery Life, Poor Screen quality compared to the Super AMOLED screens on the Samsungs, tiny screen size, price for what you get is appalling compared to competitors.

Do you really find the screens on Samsung phones that much better? The ones I've seen in person have been horribly color-balanced.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
uknowimright Avatar
145 months ago
that magical Samsung warehouse with endless room for "shipped" phones must be getting bigger

:rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
145 months ago
iOS 7 really needs to step up to the mark
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)