Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

Summary: Apple's first quarter market share surges in the first quarter thanks to strong global demand. RIM may be hearing footsteps.

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Apple had 16.1 percent of the smartphone market in the first quarter, up from 10.9 percent a year ago, according to IDC data. The news comes as Apple's iPhone rollout in China and other international markets accelerates its share gains.

IDC on Friday released its global smartphone market share standings. The big growth move comes from Apple. Of course, Apple indicated as much with its stellar earnings report last month. International demand led the iPhone to better than expected results.

Last month, Apple operating chief Tim Cook said:

If you look in terms of the geographies, we had some staggering growth rates, as you mentioned. If you look at Asia Pacific as an example, the iPhone units in Asia Pacific grew 474% year-over-year. Japan grew 183. Europe grew 133. So these are some fabulous numbers we’re seeing, just incredible demand for iPhone.

Overall, smartphone vendors shipped 54.7 million units in the first quarter, up 56.7 percent from a year ago. Smartphones accounted for 18.8 percent of all mobile phones in the first quarter, up from 14.4 percent in 2009.

Among the key data points:

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • Oh no - not positive coverage of Apple.

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      • RE: Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

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  • I've been curious as to what percentage

    of the overall cell phone market is smartphone vs a standard cell phone?
    John Zern
    • Nielsen says 21 percent, but that's in the US and as of Q4 2010

      @John Zern That's the most recent number I could, easily, find, but it was still being cited by reputable media sources (eg The Chicago Tribune) as of late April '10. Which tells me that a new number hasn't been released yet.
      matthew_maurice
      • Uh, should be as of Q4 2009

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  • RE: Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

    Totally agree with remarks regarding 'yet more positive Apple press' and the site redesign being at best sub-optimal.
    darrell.penning
    • RE: Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

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  • iphone price

    and you have to take into considerartion that the average selling price of a nokia smartphone is $200, that of a blackberry $300. the iphone is $600. in that light, these market share gains are even more impressive
    banned from zdnet
    • The price that Apple can charge makes it just that much more impressive

      I wonder if cheaper but just as good Android devices will eventually slow Apples growth or force them to reduce prices.
      DonnieBoy
      • cheaper

        @DonnieBoy
        at the moment they are not much cheaper overall. especially htc's flagship phones. i thing htc has a high asp as well and they are probably not sad about it.
        banned from zdnet
    • Say again?

      The price of the iPhone ranges from $99 to $299. They are very competitively priced, at least in the U.S. So I'm not sure what you are talking about. But Apple does earn over $600 on each iPHone sale.
      Synthmeister
      • RE: Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips

        @Synthmeister
        $600 is probably the price of an iPhone contract free.
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