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iPhone 5 is Most Popular Smartphone on the Planet

by Todd Haselton | February 20, 2013February 20, 2013 7:55 pm PDT


We already know that the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are still among the top selling smartphones in the United States, and now a new report suggests that the phones are still incredibly popular around the world, too.

In fact, Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday that the iPhone 5 has, for the first time ever, surpassed the Samsung Galaxy S III as the most popular smartphone on the planet. Apple shipped 27.4 million iPhone 5 units during the fourth quarter of last year, the research firm said, representing a 13 percent share of global smartphone shipments. It also shipped a reported 17.4 million iPhone 4S units, which represent an 8-percent grip on global smartphone sales.


Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 15.4 million Galaxy S III smartphones during the same time period, which represents a 7.1 percent share. In other words, Apple shipped more units of its older iPhone 4S than Samsung shipped Galaxy S III units. It’s possible, even likely, that the decrease in demand is related to consumers waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy S IV flagship smartphone, which the company is expected to announce on March 14.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...