While the folks on Wall Street may not seem to care - with shares of AAPL down nearly $8 today - a new report from Strategy Analytics reveals that the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S were the two most popular smartphone models during the recent 2012 holiday quarter.
Taken together, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S accounted for about 20% of all smartphone sales. And what's really remarkable is that the iPhone 4S - a device released back in October 2011 - was able to move 2 million more units than the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone model shipped an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A rich touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the iPhone 5’s success. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models.
And if you look around the blogosphere or various analyst reports about Apple, one would be led to believe that Apple's success is waning. The data, however, shows that Apple's success is growing.
In other iPhone news, the Financial Times reported earlier today that various Foxconn factories in mainland China were enacting hiring freezes. The takeaway, initially, was that iPhone 5 production was experiencing a downturn. Subsequently, Foxconn, issued a statement explaining that the hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5 production and is merely a function of more workers returning after the Chinese New Year than Foxconn officials had initially anticipated.
Foxconn halted recruitment until the end of March after more employees returned from the Chinese New Year break than a year earlier, Bruce Liu, a spokesman for the Taipei-based company, said today in a phone interview. The decision wasn’t related to iPhone 5 production, he said.