Apple Slips to Number 2 Smartphone Maker

(via Strategy Analytics)

Samsung has overtaken Apple as top smartphone maker. Samsung is said to have shipped around 27 million units while Apple shipped about 17 million units.

iPhone’s Weakest Quarter

This was the iPhone’s weakest quarter ever, and that definitely had a lot to do with it. Apple CEO TimCook explained that many held off purchasing the iPhone 4 in anticipation for the iPhone 4S. This led to a slowdown in sales over the quarter. Add to that the fact that that the iPhone 4 was already over a year old, and demand likely dwindles. The financials do not yet account for the iPhone 4S launch, either.

Here’s a portion of the report by Strategy Analytics:

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple’s global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.

You can read the rest at their site: Strategy Analytics

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