Apple recaptures top spot in the U.S. in September, dropping Samsung to number two

Apple recaptures top spot in the U.S. in September, dropping Samsung to number two
Analytic firm Counterpoint Research has released a report that shows strong sales in the U.S. for the Apple iPhone. Led by the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5c, the iPhone had 39% of the U.S. smartphone market last month, up from 14% in August. That was enough for Apple to leapfrog its top rival as Korean based Samsung saw its U.S. share tumble from 37% to 29%. With Apple on top and Samsung right behind, the remaining names in the top six in order of ranking include LG, Motorola, HTC and Nokia.

The accompanying chart shows some interesting trends. Besides Apple, only Motorola saw an increase in U.S. market share last month among the six manufacturers listed. That could be due to the Motorola Moto X, available on all four major carriers. There is a slim chance that it could be due to the new DROID models that launched at Verizon last month, which included the Motorola DROID MAXX and its 48 hour battery life. The price of that model has just been cut to $199.99 on contract.

Also interesting is that for all of the momentum that Windows Phone seemingly has in the U.S. with the entry level Nokia Lumia 521 leading the way, Nokia cannot seem to make up any ground on its competitors. Perhaps the expected launch next month of the unannounced (until tomorrow, anyway) Nokia Lumia 929 will change that. The 5 inch device takes advantage of the GDR3 update to offer a large screened phone (as opposed to a phablet) with 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution that will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Toss in a 20.7MP PureView camera and we'd say that this is going to be a make or break device for Microsoft and Nokia.

Turning to Apple, Societe Generale’s  Andy Perkins, who follows the Cupertino based tech giant for the investment firm, expects 34 million iPhones to have been sold in the quarter ended last month. Perkins noted that the two major iPhone assemblers in China, Hon Hai and Pegatron, had year-over-year increases in sales of 20% while the value of handsets exported from China grew 30% in the same period. Perkins put together a chart showing the strong correlation between the value of those exports and Apple's sales. His take on things? Things are looking good for Apple.


source: Forbes

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78 Comments

1. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Wow, what a shocker! It seems like Apple may have released a new handset or two in September........

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The best above the rest.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Only in your wildest dreams.

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No dream. Just reality.

57. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Congratulation to Apple and their manufacturing partners such as Foxconn, LG, Sharp and Samsung... who could forget you for all the parts. Maybe can congratulate all the off shore banks that Apple going to invest in as well.. A lot of people don't like to hear from me but know that i speak the truth.

69. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

And this is only in U.S. Not internationally.

70. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A few non-Samsung suppliers include Broadcom Corp. BRCM +0.59% , which provided Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips, Maxim Integrated Products Inc. MXIM -0.16% , which provided a power management chip, and Triquint Semiconductor Inc., TQNT +2.78% which provided some wireless chips. Everyone has partners

79. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

A lot of people here are thinking to themselves, " Who is joey_sfb?"

63. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Dude verizon reported that they had no increase in iphone sales from before the iphone release... im just wondering if these numbers are purely what the carriers bought. cause i can say we sat on all of them for 2 weeks before we sold 1 of them and then about 1 month till we reached 6 sold. im going to say that these numbers are incorrect

65. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Alan your graphs and what your saying dont even add up dude. i would say your credibility took a hit by making this post. at least in my eyes i can't trust what you say now. Verizon said they didn't see any growth at all in iphone sales but yet your posting very biased about this topic and twisting the facts. i work for Verizon so i can attest that the facts that your giving are extremely false. It might be carrier bought but those are not the real sale numbers for the iphone. You should post more unbiased because it hurts your credibility when you do this. -1

60. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

If Apple will release a bigger screen iPhone next year many of the best android handsets will die. iOS 8 will of course have something new.

62. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is already too late for Apple to move into that space successfully. No note 3 user or the like will go to an Apple product with less functionality (at least not many) because the phablet really does need that extra bit of software flexibility to really be useful. Plus, we will see how well Apple does in designing their phablets without ruining their "fragmentation" advantage next year (always next year). The iPhone 5 launched to several apps putting black bars above and below to make it not stretch badly, now add two more to the sides. As for Apple's current advantage, they have gone uncontested in the small, powerful phone market, but thanks to Sony, that will soon change drastically. Most likely we will see a flood of powerful small phones and that race will begin (smaller and powerful). The Z1f already has better specs than the iPhone in most regards, when the rest of the Android OEMs join in, it is likely that Apple will lose some market share because they have dominated that market the monopolist way, not the competitive way. Good thing Apple hasn't learned from its past behavior and is still crippling their older phones with software updates that don't help. That was a good enough reason for me to choose Android, probably will be again for a lot of old Apple customers (those without short memories anyway).

67. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

"It is already too late for Apple to move into that space successfully. No note 3 user or the like will go to an Apple product with less functionality " EXACTLY!!!!!

74. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Sorry to tell you that you are a blind fanboy. The iPad Mini wasn't the first 7 inch tablet and yet its now the most popular tablet. I think you just need to calm down and stop acting like a philopsher as if you know something. And hey fragmentation definition is not about Apps support !!! I'm serious, android fans stop giving fragmentation a definition that fits your mood ! Get over it ! Peace :)

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Well it was expected....iOS7 is something new and people always want to try something new!!

3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nothing to do with iOS 7. Has all to do with the timing of different manufacturers phone releases.

31. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Lol the Galaxy Note 3 was just released. Try again NexusPhanboy.

58. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 3 is a niche product. It was like when the GS4 was released.

68. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

"The Note 3 is a niche product." LOL. We remember, how 5" was aslo "niche product" not long ago.

4. alaw.14

Posts: 412; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Congradulations phonearena your favorite company is back on top!!!!.......Alot of people dont care!!

5. HASHTAG unregistered

*A lot. And once Apple is #2 again, what is your response going to be? And apparently a lot of people would care if their sales top at #1.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You began a sentence with the word 'and' two times in a row... On topic: Apple takes the month of September, and Samsung will step up and take the lead for the rest of the year.

33. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Wow he should have a perfect writing style in all his comments. How dare he use "and" twice? Why didn't he spend half an hour preparing his comment which is obviously one of the most incredibly important sentences he will say in his life? Honestly PapaSmurf... why do you feel the need to do that.

34. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

It's grammatically correct to use and twice and hashtag u dont need to be nasty either ... seriously guys just stop.

46. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Actually, it's grammatically incorrect and an abomination of the English language. Doesn't really matter because this country is quickly on its' way to hell in a hand basket. And, Apple allegedly being on top (probably another one of their marketing ploys), even for a brief stint, will do absolutely nothing to change our iLL-fated destiny. But, at least have solace in knowing that your English is deplorable.

72. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Actually it's gramatically correct and by that logic you made a mistake in starting your last two sentences with the conjunctions "and" and "but." If you really want to start correcting people's grammar here are your corrections: *its not it

73. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

*its not its' You should never put a comma after starting a sentence with a conjunction so it's "And" not "And," and "But" not "But,". Your second sentence is not a complete sentence. Unlike Hashtag, you probably should take the time to think about what you write...

77. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Being a Grammar Nazi is my job around here, so try looking for something else to do.

76. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You forgot a comma in one of your sentences just wanted to let you know.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ok Mom. Anything else you want me to do?

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