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Apple becomes the biggest smartphone maker, over 45% of its revenue comes from the iPhone

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Apple becomes the biggest smartphone maker, over 45% of its revenue comes from the iPhone
That might have sounded inevitable – but it happened quicker than many expected: Nokia has given away the number one spot to Apple, which is now the biggest smartphone maker in the world as the iPhone sold 20.3 million in the second quarter of the year, surpassing Nokia's 16.7 million smart Symbian handsets. The Finns have dominated the industry since 1996 when they kickstarted the smartphone market with their Communicators, but they've been quickly losing share recently. 

Chart courtesy of Asymco.com

Chart courtesy of Asymco.com

But with the change of rankings comes a question: is Apple capable of holding the leading position for a long time? Nokia has freed a huge chunk of the smartphone market as its smartphone sales have decreased by the staggering 7.6 million units in the last quarter alone, giving way to other companies, which have quickly moved to fill the spot. Samsung for once hasn't yet released its quarterly earnings, but with 13.6 million smartphones sold in the previous quarter and a very successful Samsung Galaxy S II, the Koreans might come close to challenging Apple.

No other company can approach Cupertino when it comes to revenue, though – the iPhone accounts for some 46.5% of Apple's total earnings, having brought Apple $13.3 billion in this quarter alone. Does that grant it safety in the long run, though? Not necessarily as the actual fight might not be between products like the iPhone and the Galaxy S II, but between Google and Apple, and Google's platform has plenty of products to back it up. But for the time being, Cupertino can enjoy being number one in the world, at least until Samsung releases its quarterly results on July 29th.

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posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:11 4

10. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

Couldnt be more correct.. abundance of isheep

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:23 7

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

and you two ladies are here.. so not just isheeps.. apparently

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:27 6

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Or maybe it's just a better phone...

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:22 4

17. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@kinny. Yup, and you're one of them :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 09:58 2

2. Jay (unregistered)

That's one rotten apple.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 10:05 9

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

This was expected. The Nokia kingdom is dying. The battle will now be between the Houses of Aychtesy, Samsun, and Moto, and the Apel Empire.

Let the final war for humanity's fate BEGIN.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 10:16 1

7. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

lool that was funny :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 10:50 7

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

If you think that's good, imagine this: I'm planning and developing a written Internet serial, a story about an empire taking over unprepared worlds, and the citizens of those worlds forming a rebel alliance and fighting back, all based on the smartphone wars. Death Star not included.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:55 3

13. hepresearch (unregistered)

Shoot... now I'm gonna have to think up some more material for "The Book of Elopocalypse" just to keep up my relative literary prowess... lol

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:52

22. iPoop (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

will this serial contain any sheep???

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:01 1

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)

3 Houses battle for Arrakis er.. for the mobile industry.

The noble Google.

The insidious Microsoft

And the evil Apple.

Only one house will prevail.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:26 4

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Dammit! How did you know I was going to make Microsoft a bureaucracy with questionable motives, allied with the Android Alliance out of convenience?

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 10:12 4

5. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Samsung will indeed challenge Apple. But, as we look at that, will Samsung be able to challenge Apple with the release of the next iPhone?

What if Nokia loyalists try Mango flavored handsets, find they like the flavor, and come screaming back in droves to the handset maker they prefer anyway?

What if HTC beats the last two legal actions hanging over their heads, we find out this quarter actually belonged to the Sensation/EVO 3D, and the Holiday outsells the iPhone on AT&T when it comes out later this year?

What if feature Phones make a comeback?

I love predictions. I can make them all day. Thing is, the Big Guns (Samsung, Apple) and those knocking on the door (HTC, Nokia if you count name recognition) all are in some type of position of strength. Yes, it is pretty much a sure thing Apple will be challenged by Samsung and only Samsung this year. But, quality has a way of competing. In worldwide sales, I do not think it is a sure thing in any direction.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 10:15 2

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I guess the predictions of Apple going away,... wil not happen after all...Nokia..... well I still want the N8 and thank you for the memories...

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:13

14. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 122; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

Atleast let them have a taste of being number one,it might get them to start trying to inovate and compete rather than sueing,lol

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:26 4

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Yes because they got to number one not by selling phones, but by suing.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:26 2

18. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

I'm sure fandroids are in their denial state again. No matter how facts are presented, they always seem to have a different interpretation, lol.

Btw, that 30% growth on android tablets refers to SHIPMENTS to retailers, not actual users who bought an android tablet.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 18:13

39. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Your second point is not even relevant. It shows how sore you still are from that article.

Whether it's shipment growth or not, it still shows that Android is about to overtake iOS in the tablet world. That's all that matters to Google and the Android ecosystem. It's Windows vs. Mac all over again - that's what you don't get. The only difference is Microsoft isn't making their OS app-centric and is struggling to compete with their whole tile-centric layout.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 20:42

43. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

If u make some research ull see gemini its rght

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:02

71. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

as does ipad shipments, gemini. :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:42 2

20. Random Reader (unregistered)

To be honest with you guys I dont know why anyone calls anyone else a fan boy or a isheep these are phones you choose the phone you want to use every model has its good and bads and these are viewed differently by each person apple is a strong company and has proven itself to be a great maker of phones so talking down on one of the worlds most popular phone makers does what to improve your day?

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:46

21. dorkus (unregistered)

I just bought an android tablet (asus) for my dad.

I have had an ipad 2 for months and like it a lot. I just wish it was more integrated and not so app centric.

But @$300 vs the $500 I paid for the ipad I think the asus is the better buy.

Like computers, Android stuff needs to be cheaper than it's Apple counterpart to compete. That's why I use a droid phone and not an iphone. Although now I don't want an iphone. I'm so used to swype and slide out keyboards I can't stand typing stuff in on friends iphones.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 14:09 2

24. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Don't forget to mention your uncle Larry. Oh, and how about your cousin Bart? Didn't you get him an android device as well? And how can you forget your mom who used to have an iphone, and when you showed her your android device, she fell in love with it :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 16:29

34. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And they might've. Why is it so hard for you to believe that informed customers can like Android products better than iProducts?

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 17:04

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@sniggly. "might've"? And we're supposed to take those "might'ves" as the valid truth? Can I also give my might haves about my relatives phones, and use that to prove a point? Like my cousin Arnold who has a doctorate degree in Physics who said that he prefers the iphone over any android phone. And also my neighbor who is a scientist who had an android phone and regretted getting it and he switched to the iphone. Want more? Lol.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 19:30

40. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I doubt, with your issues in reading comprehension, social skills and basic logic that anyone can stand you long enough to talk to you about something like phones.

And if so, Frances Collins is a Catholic and Pascal came up with his wager. Both brilliant men who made great accomplishments. Doesn't mean they were right about their choices.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 19:56 1

42. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

You don't have to take anything as "the valid truth". Why the f**k do you care so much anyway? This is a discussion board and this random user (not even a regular/registered user) posted his personal experience with both sides of the battle front, and you just attack him because you don't like what he says. And please explain the "point" dorkus was trying to make...? Doesn't look like there is one to me, just someones personal experience. But your flaming troll @ss had to swoop in and try to save crapples face anyway. Good Job!! Your officially the biggest TOOL on PA!!! :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:56 4

23. applepie (unregistered)

Apple is an innovative company that knows how to make life easier for idiots out there that don't know too much about smart phones. Simplicity is the key to success. They market their products well and will continue to provide reliable products. People out there just hate because they have other preference that fit their needs better. There are always going to be non-apple fans that prefer other products. The different Os are built out there to fit our needs differently. It is your choice to make the decision on which os fits your needs the most!

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 14:11 2

25. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Another bitter and fandroid :)

Now, now. Take a deep breath. Relax. You'll be fine, you'll be fine. Things are going to be ok. Yes, Apple rules, but you'll pull through this, I know you can ;)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 20:43

44. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

530gemini, after reading a hundred of your posts it would appear that you are the one that is bitter and a wee bit too attached to APPLE products....

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