Apple will soon top Nokia in total handset sales each quarter
One of the big reasons why Apple is about to surpass Nokia is that the latter has been losing feature phone sales left and right. The 47 million handsets that the Finnish company sold in Q1 represented a rather nasty 14.9 million decline in the number of phones sold from the previous year. Apple sold 6.3 million more handsets during that same time period. Keep in mind that Nokia has over 20 different models, many of them low priced feature phones, while Apple's current line up includes the Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 5c and Apple iPhone 4s.
Even more troublesome for Nokia is that economic factors cannot be blamed here. The price of an Apple iPhone, even with a carrier subsidy, is more than the $60 consumers in the emerging markets pay for the Nokia 220 feature phone. With the difference between Apple's sales and Nokia's sales down to 3.3 million units, don't be surprised if Apple catches Nokia to become the second largest overall purveyor of global handsets in the current quarter.
source: StrategyAnalytics via AppleInsider