Apple takes the helm as the biggest domestic phone maker & sells 1 million iPads

Apple takes the helm as the biggest domestic phone maker & sells 1 million iPads
Move on over Palm and watch out Motorola because there is a new king being crowned as the largest domestic phone manufacturer that's taking the coveted top spot with only one major phone that's been brewing for over three generations. Previously, Motorola held on to the crown and had a good run during their reign, but after reporting a drop to 8.5 million phones being shipped this past winter, they've opened up the gates for their competitor to snatch up the title from underneath them. Apple reportedly was able to beat out Motorola by shipping out 8.75 million iPhones to move past both Motorola and Palm. Even though HP has recently purchased Palm, they will still have a bit of work ahead of them after just moving 408,000 webOS phones during the same period. With the strength of HP behind them, we wouldn't doubt a strong resurgence in the coming years to make them competitive again to give Apple a run for their money. Apple's taking of the crown was expected due to the fact that Motorola focused much if its attention on smatphones like the DROID and CLIQ as opposed to their usual mix of flip-style phones they've traditionally been known to produce. Despite those healthy sales from the DROID, Motorola basically let go its grasp in the overall phone market share as they moved away from feature phones to smartphones.

On another note, the Apple iPad is chugging along steadily as it was able to achieve its very first major milestone by selling over 1 million iPads in 28 days since its launch. At the same time and looking past the hardware sales, there just isn't any shortage of customers downloading stuff for it – over 12 millions apps and 1.5 million ebooks being downloaded. Steve Jobs was quoted saying, “One million iPads in 28 days—that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.” With no visible competitors to challenge Apple in this new segment, it looks like they'll also be holding onto the top spot firmly for quite some time.

source: Electronista & PR Newswire

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35 Comments

1. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Let the fanboys in straight-leg jeans and hollister shirts celebrate as they read this from their macbooks. Your precious Apple Society is number one phonemaker. Congratulations Apple...you innovated and excelled. Even those who think the iPhone isn't that great can give credit where credit is due. Alright, that bein said...fanboys on your mark..set...1...2....3...GO!

31. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

And we need to stereotype on Phone Arena because....?

2. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

Im ready to see some android ragers in here. Always classic.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, sold faster than any ANDROID model phone, too.....

10. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

so, apple is the number 1 phone maker because they are selling alot of ipads?? i dont get it.. the ipad isnt a phone! this is a stupid article.. might as well say Microsoft has the biggest phone OS because windows in on just about every computer.. doesnt make sense.. ohh and the ipad is a glorified ipod touch.. people are so stupid for wasting money to be trendy

18. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

They weren't factor the iPad sells into the number 1 spot...PA just felt the need to let us know about the iPad sells in addition to the iPhone sells. That's what I took from it.

25. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree. i dont care too much for apple products anyway and phonearena shouldnt have posted this.....it should have said products insteaad of phones. theres no way tht apple will sell tht many phones because of the competitors catching up to them like HTC, nokia, and blackberry

30. alockey

Posts: 6; Member since: May 05, 2010

The article says that they won with the 8.75 million Iphones they sold.Motorola only sold 8.5 million units The Ipad had nothing to do with the winning. Men and Women lie, Numbers Don't!

4. sprintguy09

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

so its 1 million idiots who bought a oversized ipod touch WOW

32. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

And we are idiots because we enjoy using our iPads? Just think, the people who bought the iPad are people who have money. Money comes from intelligence and jobs. I'm guessing you don't have a good enough job to buy an iPad, so instead, you call us idiots because you can't afford one.

35. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Typical fanboi attitude..."I'm better than you because I have one!" Good job at sucking your own p*nis DonkeyPunched, not as good as the koolaid though I guess.

5. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Wow if i won the lottery i would buy some rights to apple, and put my own bite mark on the left side of the apple logo

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Might taste pretty good at first, until you a worm....

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

....until YOU ate the worm......

8. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

I bet half those ipads were destroyed cause thats all i've seen anyone do with that thing hahahah

9. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

what does the ipad have anything to do with phones??

11. ilia1986 unregistered

Well why.. the iPad could be a pretty good skateboard - if you would attack some wheels to it - and don't mind it being square.. Seriously though - While there is quite a bit criticism on the iphone - there is still a huge amount of stuff the iphone can do while other phones cant - but thats not the case with the iPad... it CANT do a lot of stuff even a simple cheap netbook can. So are those 1 million ppl all idiots? or just computer illiterate? or maybe both? Sure as hell though - even apple cannot possibly have a million of absolutely dedicated fans..

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I ahve a laptop with unlimited free WiFi - Wi would I want an iPAD?? Can I play Mafia Wars with it and use scripts to automate my gaming??? NO.....what a waste of resources. A MACbook is better....

13. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

biggest domestic phone maker? Of what country cause it is not the united states because apple devices are made in china.That brings up another point I'm sick of company's saying made in the U.S.A when no parts were made here.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

I believe that this is because the parts are actually assembled in the US..

24. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Yea...you do appear to be VERY sick of companies sayin made in the USA when it is not. Calm down son...it will be alright.

28. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

if you look at the back of the apple devices they say assembled in china

15. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

The iPad counts as a f***ing phone?!

16. ohwhyfanboywhy

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I honestly do not know why but whenever I see someone brandishing an iPad out in public it really does make them look like a complete tool. And I swear if I see another deutchbag at my local starbucks with BOTH an iPad AND an iPhone I am going to throw a vicious sissy fit. Its almost as bad as watching some guy enjoy the sun in his aviators in the middle of a office building. Why? Its like carrying around 2 NOT computers so you can surf the web and not download songs so you can not manage your either device on the go. I wonder how that feels syncing 2 devices that you'll only end up using one of the majority of the day. It's not like you can't do anything on the iPhone that you can do on the iPad, right?

17. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

Lol are you gonna cry about it?

23. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I can deal with havin both an iPad and an iPod...i just can't deal with both of the devices playing Taylor Swift simultaneously.

19. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Gotta give credit where credit is due..... At least they are an American company. But I still hate their products...

20. ilia1986 unregistered

You know, I'm probably getting the Milestone in a couple of months - and I'm starting to understand where you're coming from.. Customization IS something that is absolutely critical with something as personal as a cell phone.. Its a shame however that even among all the free android sync programs I installed - none compare to itunes - and the ony one that does - acually syncs WITH itunes..

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

And, now the government is possibly looking into APPLE's practice with not allowing FLASH on the iphone/ipad as well how it restricts third party creativity....stay tuned. Same itune, same ichannel.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

From Fiercewireless.com (who always reports stuff earlier with better accuracy and story writing): A month after rewriting its iPhone Developer Program License Agreement to mandate that all iPhone and iPod touch applications must be written to run directly on the iPhone platform, effectively banning cross-compiler translation tools like Adobe Systems' Flash Professional CS5, Apple reportedly faces a federal antitrust inquiry to determine whether its actions threaten competition by forcing developers to focusing on one platform to the exclusion of others. Citing a source familiar with the matter, The New York Post reports the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are currently in negotiations to determine which organization will initiate the antitrust probe. The report notes that a federal inquiry does not necessarily indicate regulators will take action against Apple, but serves instead to determine whether a full-scale investigation is warranted--if so, Apple likely would receive a subpoena seeking additional information on its decision to update its developer rules. Both the DOJ and FTC declined comment; Apple did not return requests for comment. Apple updated the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement early last month in conjunction with the release of its iPhone OS 4.0 SDK. Section 3.3.1 of the agreement now reads "Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited)." The change was perceived in many quarters as a direct attack on Adobe--Apple CEO Steve Jobs has both publicly and privately stated his distaste for the Flash multimedia platform. In the wake of the developer license update, Adobe said it will cease investment on solutions targeting the iPhone platform. "As developers for the iPhone have learned, if you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason," Adobe product manager Mike Chambers wrote on his blog. "The primary goal of Flash has always been to enable cross browser, platform and device development. The cool web game that you build can easily be targeted and deployed to multiple platforms and devices. However, this is the exact opposite of what Apple wants. They want to tie developers down to their platform, and restrict their options to make it difficult for developers to target other platforms." Jobs issued an open letter last week to outline the thinking behind his decision to block support for Flash across devices running the iPhone OS. In summary, Jobs takes issue with Adobe's contention that Flash is an open system, security, battery life and touchscreen interaction before arriving at what he calls "the most important reason"--control. "We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform," Jobs writes. "If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers." (The full text of the letter is available here.)

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