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iPhone Was Best Selling Smartphone in Q4 2017 Amid Industry Wide Decline

Apple yesterday announced that it sold 77.3 million iPhones during the first fiscal quarter of 2018 (fourth calendar quarter of 2017), and according to data shared by Strategy Analytics, Apple's record sales made the iPhone the top selling smartphone in the world during the quarter.

In Q4 2017, Samsung shipped 74.7 million phones, 2.6 million fewer than Apple's 77.3 million. Other vendors like Huawei and OPPO shipped far fewer devices at 41 million and 29.5 million, respectively. Apple also beat out competitors with the average selling price of its iPhones during the quarter, which came in at $796.


Apple beat out all other smartphone vendors including Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi, but its overall iPhone shipments were down from 78.3 million in the year-ago quarter. It's worth noting, however, that Q4 2017 was a 13 week quarter, while Q4 2016 was a 14 week quarter.

While Apple came out on top in global smartphone shipments during the quarter, Samsung continues to be the top vendor overall. Apple's share of the market was 19.3 percent in Q4 2017, compared to Samsung's 18.6 percent, but its overall marketshare for 2017 was 14.3 percent, compared to Samsung's 21.1 percent.

Overall global smartphone shipments declined year over year, falling from 438.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 400.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to Strategy Analytics, it was "the biggest annual fall in smartphone history."

Over the course of 2017, though, smartphone shipments actually grew 1 percent and topped 1.5 billion units for the first time ever.

Apple does not break down its iPhone sales, but yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone X has been the top selling iPhone every week since it shipped in December. Cook also said that the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus lineup brought in the highest revenue of any lineup in the company's history.

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7 months ago
Apple could have sold way more iPhone X at a more decent price point.
Rating: 22 Votes
7 months ago
It’s official peak smartphone has arrived.
Rating: 16 Votes
7 months ago

Samsung shipped 74.7 million iPhones


Has the Galaxy line really gotten that bad?
Rating: 12 Votes
7 months ago
Market share for Apple 2017 was 14.3% a decline from 14.5%. Samsung increased from 20.8% to 21.1%

Reporting that Apple sold a lot of iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 is a bit stupid considering it's when it releases them. Samsung releases in a different quarter.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 months ago
Let that sink in for a moment: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else, at crazy high ASP.

Not to mention wearables: Apple grabbed 75% of the market. ('http://iphone.appleinsider.com/articles/18/02/02/apple-watch-airpods-drive-wearables-rev-70-outpacing-size-growth-of-amazon-ads-google-cloud-alphabet-other-bets')
Rating: 10 Votes
7 months ago

Let that sink in for a monent: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else, at crazy high ASP.

Not to mention wearables: Apple grabbed 75% of the market. ('http://iphone.appleinsider.com/articles/18/02/02/apple-watch-airpods-drive-wearables-rev-70-outpacing-size-growth-of-amazon-ads-google-cloud-alphabet-other-bets')

Not true. Samsung sold more in the whole year. You can't compare a quarter where apple has a new phone out and samsug does not. Same thing applies to the quarter when Samsung has a new phone out, apple hasn't. So the best to look at is the full year for a better comparison.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 months ago

Has the Galaxy line really gotten that bad?


Aside from the article mistake, As an Avid Apple iPhone Follower/enthusiast, I have to say that the S8 and Note 8 are really nice devices. I personally like their hardware, but it's android that's holding me back that I don't find appealing at all.
Rating: 7 Votes
7 months ago
Samsung estimated shipped phones versus Apple’s actual. What kind of comparison is that? LOL.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago

I didn't want to upgrade from my 6 to a 7 or 8 I wanted the best.
But I am not paying the price Apple wants for an X.
So I will wait some more and keep my 6. I really do wish they kept the 3.5mm jack, I hate dongles.
If a competitor takes my fancy before Apple brings out a phone I want then they will get my money.

No cables at all is even better. Bluetooth and Airplay=future. Hence no jack.
Rating: 4 Votes
7 months ago


In Q4 2017, Samsung shipped 74.7 million iPhones, 2.6 million fewer than Apple's 77.3 million. Other vendors like Huawei and OPPO shipped far fewer devices at 41 million and 29.5 million, respectively. Apple also beat out competitors with the average selling price of its iPhones during the quarter, which came in at $796.


Wow, so they are all now selling iPhones. Im not surprised. Isn't that what Samsung always wanted.
Rating: 4 Votes

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