The Apple iPhone 6s was the best selling smartphone for 2016, according to a new research

According to British research firm IHS Markit, Apple has managed to trounce its competitors over the last calendar year. The company's latest analysis reveals that iPhones were the most shipped handsets on a global basis during 2016...
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95. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*Please stop for a few minutes.

82. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Single device made up of several models". Dude, I'm LMAOOOOO! You slated him on that one.

140. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Are you an imbecilic? "Apple Phones" means all Apple phones, therefore to be the best selling handsets the total of all Apple phones sold must exceed that of each single vendors total sales. We all know Samsung phones outsold Apples in 2016, so the "literal f**king title" is wrong. The report is not even based on sales, it is shipments so it is wrong in that respect too. It seems you are so blinded by the answer you wanted that you cannot read and understand properly. You should not go to the back of the class, but go back a few grades!

147. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie the graph clearly separates each iPhone model and Samsung models by how many each sold. WTH are on about?

150. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"Galaxy - One phone multiple models" I'm guessing you're counting Galaxy J1 along side Galxy Tab and Galxy S7, saying "it's the same phone with multiple models"?

9. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

Note 7 fiasco...!!! Nothing else to say....

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The Note had projected sales figures of about 22 million. Considering the top two are the smaller iPhone variants, I seriously doubt the Note 7 would have offered much in the way of competition for the top spots.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Note is a "Galaxy" branded device. Its sells are included as a "Galaxy" device sell. We know as a fact that out of the 300M smartphones that samung sales, more than 2/3's are "Galaxy" branded devices. It does not matter if all of them don't compete as a top model. They are all branded the same. The iPhone 6 was a top model in the year it is released. Its no longer a top model when another takes it place. Samsung sells several NEW 2016 models in the same year branded as "Galaxy". You don't get to separate them because you are a loser. Just like iPhone is a family of devices, Galaxy is also a family of devices. Each handset just like Apple comes in a array of sizes and features, yet they are all included in the year of sales. So you don't get to dismiss any sells from any OEM. How many iPhone were release on 2016? ONE. How many Galaxy devices were released in the same year...SEVERAL! Even though the Note 7 was recalled, its original sales should be included, because they were sold in 2016, even if it was only 4M devices, they still sold. After all, he has the 6S in the list. The 6S is not a 2016 model phone. Its from 2015. The writers of PA are douche-bags and they are right up your alley, because Apple fans are douche-bags.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The writers of PA are douche-bags and they are right up your alley, because Apple fans are douche-bags." Boy are you triggered today kid. I can smell your virginity from here....

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm not triggered. Just staing facts. The iPhone is one model, made up of several models. The iPhone is always the highest sellign single model. I dont care about that. I only mention that the writer purpose didnt include all selling Galaxy models in one year vs all selling iPhone model for one year. He also left out the iPhone Se which wa salso sellign in 2016 which is also unfair to Apple as well. If you gonna count, I only ask that it be fair. I dont care about sales. What I do care about is if you make a claim, the rule should apply equally to all and it didnt' The writer purpose gave misinformation, knowing it was false. Samsung sold 57M S7's in 2016 period. They did not sell 34M. Samsung stated before the Note 7 recalls, they had already sold 40M Galaxy S7's and that they had gained more S7 sales due to the Note 7 recall and ended the year with 57M S7's sales. That was an OFFICIAL count from Samsung themselves. Not a 3rd party. So if PA posts and article that says different, then its unfair reporting. I don't care who wins, I only want the numbers to be right.

57. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Calling people douche-bags just proves that you are triggered and dumb. And yes, you care very much about sales. You don't like it here you can go to sammobile and be an author there.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It doesn't proves anything. It proves you're an idiot. When you purposely are blind to facts, you're a douche...like all the people who vote for Trump. They are all douche-bags too.

67. aegislash

Posts: 1500; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Nobody is blind to facts. We're all just discussing what this article is about...sales of individual models within each phone line. But of course, since one of Samsung's Galaxy models doesn't have the top spot, you just have to get your undies in a twist and type essay after essay about why the article is stupid, why the authors are douchebags, etc etc.

142. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Even though the figures in this report a very suspect and it is not about sales, but shipments (which is something iFans were always complaining about when Samsung started to outsell Apple. Hypocritical in the extreme as always) an individual iPhone will most likely always take the top spot. Why, because people most people choose phone based on the operating system they prefer and IOS has no competition, Android does. So picking out one phone really means nothing, If you cannot see that you are naive. Does selling more make the iPhone 6S the best phone, no. Does it make IOS the most popular OS, of course not. Does it make it the best selling flagship, no, it is hardly a mid-range phone.

96. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The only fact here is that you're triggered to the core. You're the only blind person here.

13. toukale

Posts: 633; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Not really, the Note is not a high volume selling device by any stretch of the imagination.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Has nothign to do with the Note 7. The note is a very specific group with only 30 million users based on the Note 3 sales. It is "one" Galaxy device. There are lots of "Galaxy" devices. PA is trying to separate them all. They are one family of device based on size and region. They all dont have the same hardware spec, just like every iPhone in this graphic doesn't. The writer is reaching for straws and of course its right up your ally.

10. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

You know it's simple : iPhone devices are always the best selling device (Smartphone), and go on. Why ? Because : And all of us know that iOS and Android are 99% on the market. - If people want iOS then, they have to buy an iPhone. - If people want an Android phone, then...you got Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei etc...

21. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yea, but with 90% market share there's basically only Samsung at the top. anyone else (when it comes to sales figures) are pretty much irrelevant.

68. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"anyone else (when it comes to sales figures) are pretty much irrelevant." How irrelevant? There are so many Android OEMs out there, so even if the sales figure of any single one of them is lower than Samsung's, it does not change the fact that they, in aggregate, do sell too and occupy market share in the Android ecosystem. Samsung being ontop does not mean Samsung doesn't face competition in the Android market. So, that isn't irrelevant.

69. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

thats what ive been saying before, many times over. ios is the equivalent of macos android is the equivalent of windows therefore, ios already had its defualt apple customers buying the small selection of iphones annually...whereas windows user will most likely be android device buyer, like windows pc's, there are 100's of android smartphone selections from more than dozens of oems to choose from annually...isnt it obvious that a single iphone sale will outsell a single android sale? lets say every year there are two iphone models...now say there are 1000 iphone buying customers buying those two iphones. its obvious that 1000 iphones will be sold. now get 1000 android smartphone buyers...because there are up to 100 android device per year, lets say samsung will get 50% of those sales via several different models, which comes out to 500...the other 500 is sold between LG, htc, huawei, etc... so with this example, iphones sold 1000, samsung sold 500...why? iphone has no other ios oem to compete against the way samsung is against dozens of major android oems, as well as android clone companies.

149. AlikMalix unregistered

Razmataz, yeah but your logic does fall apart when you remember that consumers can also buy and android device if it was better, but they seem to choose an iPhone when it comes to flagship money. You assume that an iPhone users cannot switch to another manufacturer - they can, they do all the time, but so do android users switch to iPhones - and in the end flagship models are sold by Apple more than any android manufacturer.

148. AlikMalix unregistered

You are missing the big part: if people are Shopping for late/latest flagship (meaning willing to spend the $$) they would buy an iPhone before they buy any other flagship device. If you don't want to or don't have the cash to spend on a flagship then you pick up the cheap models and that's what android market share seems to consist of mostly.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Only has a single model. The Galaxy device as a whole sold double. Its not fair that because apple makes one phone, you ignore all sellign headsets from any single OEM. You are suppose to count all selling models. Samsung shipped 300M+ models in 2016, Apple ship 21xM headsets in 2016. You are purposely not counting 90M headsets to fit your agenda. What a douche-bag! Even you own graphic shows you are lying. All Galaxy devices are made by one OEM. All selling iPhone are made by one OEM. By your won graphic, "Galaxy" handsets all outsold "iPhone" handsets by 100M+ handsets. Gosh PA, why not just stick with the facts, How many phones does Samsung sell that are not branded "Galaxy"? Not many.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1500; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Literally, the point of this article was to show SINGLE model sales numbers, not all devices from each OEM combined. You sound incredibly bitter and salty over the fact that the iPhone 6S dominated every other line of devices. We get it Techie, you hate Apple. No need to spew your usual BS.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I knew your non-math knowing ass would be here: "Only has a single model. The Galaxy device as a whole sold double* Can you count? "Its not fair that because apple makes one phone, you ignore all sellign headsets from any single OEM." You know what else isn't fair? Life....and wrestling.... allegedly. My point is stop whining. "You are suppose to count all selling models. Samsung shipped 300M+ models in 2016, Apple ship 21xM headsets in 2016." Bruh.....did you even read the title? "You are purposely not counting 90M headsets to fit your agenda." Well, that answers my previous question I suppose. *What a douche-bag!" Stop talking about yourself that way. "By your won graphic, "Galaxy" handsets all outsold "iPhone" handsets by 100M+ handsets" Some of those "Galaxies" are s**t though... "Gosh PA, why not just stick with the facts....that I wanna see" FTFY "How many phones does Samsung sell that are not branded "Galaxy"? Not many." Are those, are those burner phones?

58. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because "some" of the Galaxies are s**t, doesn't mean they shouldn't be counted. After all the iPhone 6S is s**t and its counted...right? Again dude, you are trying to pick and choose. I simply made a factual statement. For 2016 you have to include any an all selling models. The iPhone outsells as a single model most phones. So what. I never argued this point. What I did argue for is providing proper numbers. Example, Why is the iPhone SE excluded? Is it not an iPhone selling model? Why was the Note 7 excluded? It doesn't matter that it was recalled, it still sold. Even though they only sold 4M before the recalls, those did sell. Also Samsung "officially" stated, before the Note 7 issue, they had already sold 40M S7's. They sold 57M as of Q4 2016. The article states they sold only 34M which is wrong. Samsung had already sold 13M+ before summer for a phone that only went on sale in Mar/April. I dont care who wins because it doesn't matter based on what I buy. I just want the reporting to be as accurate as it can be, seeing as both Samsung and Apple dont release sales of any phone normally. But Samsung made an exception in 2016 because of the Note. DJ Koh made a specific statement on sales. Again I am going back to PA who lied and claim Samsung sold less phone than Apple in Q4 2016. PA post an article which I linked that showed Samsung sold 90M smartphone sin Q4 2016. Then another analyst claimed Samsung only sold 77M vs Apple 78M. In fact I posted 6 links that stated otherwise that Samsung sold 90m phone sin Q4 2016 and 57M of them were just the S7's because of the Note 7 issue. I dont care who wins. I did even argue who won. I am arguing the numbers being wrong. Its you who cant read. All the iPhone is one phone as a single model in "name" just like the Galaxy is a single model in name. They are both made of of more than one selling model..>YES OR NO! How many iPhone models were selling in 2016? The iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7's. That is 7 different iPhone models wince PA takes the 6S and split it from the 6S Plus. The iPhone 6 is one model the iPhone 7 is one model. They are a family of phones. How that any different from the Galaxy? The Galaxy is a lineup of phones which share the same branding. The S is the Flagship. Just because APple makes one flagship, doesn't mean you only get to count Samsung's one flagship. BEcause they make more than one Galaxy phone, just liek Apple makes mor ethan oen iPhone. I simply said the article was not fair. I ddidnt try to change anyone win or lose. That shows YOU have poor reading comprehension and makes you a bigger douche-bag than PA. I'm not a douche-bag, I simply called PA out on begin unfair. But you all dont care about facts. If anyone says something you dont like about Apple, even when they are 100% right, you will find something wrong with it. You all are a bunch of insecure douche-bags! I dont feel insure about a phone. I can afford ALL OF THEM AT ONCE. you can't!

70. aegislash

Posts: 1500; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

"Just because APple makes one flagship, doesn't mean you only get to count Samsung's one flagship. BEcause they make more than one Galaxy phone, just liek Apple makes mor ethan oen iPhone." After reading that comment, I am now starting to believe that you haven't actually read the article itself. This article graphs iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy J3, Oppo A53, Galaxy J5, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy J7. All flagships that are graphed individually. They are not counting every single iPhone model as one percentage of the graph. It's all done 100% fairly, you just refuse to believe it because Samsung didn't get the top spot. Also, nobody cares about what you can and can't afford. Hell, even if I were dirt poor, at least I know that I wasn't stupid enough to continue using THREE Galaxy Note7 devices after the recalls.

73. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I know that I wasn't stupid enough to continue using THREE Galaxy Note7 devices after the recalls." Actually, as per his statement, he's currently using just one Note7, and the other ones have been returned. Just a thought.

79. aegislash

Posts: 1500; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So he's using one instead of three...still an idiot, but not as big of an idiot if he had been using three.

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