It only seems like yesterday that Apple launched it’s first ever smartphone – the original Apple iPhone – yet the company has already made it to the top of the smartphone tree, according to IDC. Shipping more handsets than any of its rivals – with Samsung climbing up to second place, and Nokia down to third, it’s an impressive feat.
At first, the Apple iPhone proved revolutionary, but with Nokia selling tens of millions of smartphones it seemed unlikely that Apple would take over any time soon. In the past couple of years, however, more and more of you have bought iOS devices.
Although Android has since proved even more popular than iOS, Apple has shipped more smartphones than any of its single rivals in 2011. Nokia may still hold the record for phones sold in a yearly quarter – at a staggering 28.1 million units – but so far the Finnish company holds only 15.7 per cent of the market – down on Apple’s 19.1 per cent.
It looks like the success of the Apple iPhone could be short lived though, as Samsung is hot on its tails, with devices like the Galaxy S II helping the South Korean manufacturer to take 16.2 per cent and second place. RIM and BlackBerry are down in forth place, with HTC taking the fifth spot.
Do you think Apple deserves to be number one? Or do you think a manufacturer with an Android handset – such as Samsung and its Galaxy S II – will soon be taking over? Leave a comment and let us know