Huawei could top Apple in Q3 handset shipments
During the third quarter, Huawei could deliver more than 40 million units, up from the 38.5 million it shipped during the second quarter. At the same time, Apple iPhone shipments could decline from July through September. During that quarter, consumers are expected to hold off purchasing iPhone models until the new 2017 phones are unveiled next month. For Apple's fiscal third quarter (which ran from April through the end of June), the company delivered 41.3 million handsets, a small improvement measured year-over-year.
At the end of the calendar second quarter, Huawei owned an 11.3% market share of the global smartphone market. Apple's 12% share gives it a lead over Huawei totaling approximately 2.5 million units. With iPhone buyers expected to be retrenching in the calendar third quarter, the period from July through September will give Huawei its best opportunity to take over second place from Apple in the global smartphone market,.