Strong demand for the Apple iPhone 4S following the launch of the latest iteration of the device allowed the handset to grab 44% of stateside smartphone sales in December, just 2% shy of the market share tallied by Android models. Whenever a new Apple iPhone model is launched, there is a rush to buy the device, even by smartphone newbs. For example, the percentage of buyers in the U.S. whom selected an Apple iPhone 4S over an Android or BlackBerry model doubled sequentially from the September quarter (when there was no new Apple iPhone model) to the December period which includes the unit's launch in October.
Apple's closing of the gap between itself and Android seems more impressive than one might think considering that there were few new features between the Apple iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. The A5 dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Siri are the most prominent changes between the two models. The figures suggest that Android's claimed 700,000 daily activations are not enough to run away from Apple. the gap might even close more when the Apple iPhone 5 is released. The latter is rumored to be redesigned and there is speculation that it will come to market with a 4 inch screen, a quad-core A6 processor and LTE connectivity. If this does pan out, the Apple iPhone 5 will bring the handset closer to an equal playing field with Android models, many of which already have screens over 4 inches and offer LTE connectivity.