Samsung beats out Apple in terms of units shipped during the latest quarter

Samsung beats out Apple in terms of units shipped during the latest quarter
Back in July, we reported that Apple had become the top producer of smartphones globally by shipping 20.34 million copies of the Apple iPhone. The gang at Cupertino took over the top spot from Nokia. But Apple's life wearing the crown was a short one, and the latest figures show that the latter has relinquished its seat on the throne to Samsung.

Unofficially, Samsung shipped 20 million smartphone units in the third quarter and that beat out Apple's 17.1 million sales of the Apple iPhone, a figure the company announced during its latest earnings report. Nokia shipped 16.8 million smartphones during the same time period. Until Samsung confirms the number of units sold in its next earnings report due next week, it holds a provisional spot as the largest vendor of smartphones on the planet.In terms of revenue, Apple has been at the top since the beginning of this year. And when it comes to profits, the Apple iPhone is said to account for more than half of the industry's black ink.

On Tuesday, Apple executives blamed the decline in sales on the longer than normal 16 month wait between the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 4S. Instead of introducing the latest and greatest version of its touchscreen smartphone at the WWDC in June as usual, the tech giant waited until October to announce the new iteration of the device. This resulted in a slowdown in sales of the Apple iPhone 4 last month as rumors started to take off about the new Apple iPhone.

source: AppleInsider

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64 Comments

57. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

No matter all that Most important is freedom of choice, apple, samsung, htc, sony... And no bans on any phone as apple does

61. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

lol...wow.... freedom of choice.. you can buy apple products.. you know that.... no need any special license or training.. let gallito teach you.. walk into an Apple store.. talk to a rep... simple huh...

50. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Apple makes good products but people want choices and a variety in their products.. thats something Apple will never have.. on top of it all. Android is Open Source!! :DD

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just can't believe The_Miz is back. he was fired for a few weeks then got re hired again. it was nice and quiet with out him being here.

45. R_Truth

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

That's right little jimmy! We are back!! And that is the truth!!!!

44. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@digital. You made it sound like Apple lost money. Never heard of that 22billion loss in related stock. As far as I know, Apple made a hefty profit in the last quarter. 4 million ip4s sold will give Apple huge profits again. And it all goes to Apple, unlike android share that is divided by several OEM's. All you can brag about is market share, because android has multiple OEM's vs iOS that only has Apple. Only android fanboys will say that iOS5 isn't great. That's no surprise. But of you read professional reviews, iOS5 is way advanced than the competition. And how is Apple behind in hardware and software? Do you see any quadcore phones out there. The iphone's retina display still has the highest display resolution out there in th market. IOS is still the most refined and polished OS in the market. So how can iOS be behind? Siri is the most advanced voice recognition assistant. Android is nothing but a cheap alternative for those who cannot afford the iphone. Android is just an iOS rip off. Without iOS, there would be no android :)

47. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Actually without Android there would be no IOS... Android is the first to put out/test software and hardware. Apple then takes what everyone else has done and makes it a little better. If it wasn't for other companies paving the way, apple would have to test everything out themselves and would be putting out a lesser product. Also the display is nice because it's on such a small screen. knock it up to 4.3 an then really test out the screen. Or, test out super amoled on a 3.5 and see how it compares. I give credit where it's due but I will love android. My inced2 is more fun than the 4. Yeah I've had a few problems but it's all about preference.

48. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Do you realize the iPhone came before android?

52. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Hey taco and who came before iPhone ? Get your info right lol

60. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Taco yes I know. The point I was making was android is not afraid to add new features and truly be creative. While the iPhone is a massive reason why we have smartphones today, you do not see apple being brave or bold, they're being safe. They make a great product yes but for the most part, it's a boring one. So, the 200 new features iOS5 has, Android has had for a while now. They piggy back off of others and make a more mature version. So without Android you'd have a lesser product. That is what I mean by "Without android there would be no IOS"

29. DigitalJedi_X1

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

You iZombies kill me. Just admit, Apple LOST this round. They may, MAY take next quarter but Apple has two BEASTS to contend with in the SGS2 and Galaxy Nexus against that silly iPhone 4 refresh. So its going to be an interesting fourth quarter. I'm willing to place my money on Samsung for the win.

30. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@digital. We are not denying the fact if ever Samsung did outsell the iphone in the last quarter. Just saying, that there was no new iphone, like there usually is, in summer, which slowed down iphone sales in anticipation of the ip4s. And I'm sorry, but the ip4s already sold over 4million units in a matter of 3-4 days. That's a huge feat to follow, so I would keep it low on the bragging rights if I were you. Oh well, android fanboys have been shameless in making wrong predictions anyways :) What did you android fanboys say again about the ip4s? You guys said it would flop right? Hahahahahahahaha.

32. L3610n

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 01, 2011

Nah, I remember alot of Fandroids called it a disappointment. Wait..... Alot of iPhans also called it a disappointment... Well, I guess if it's something you love, you'd still support it even if it was a disappointment. Like a underachieving child. He maybe a disappointment but you still love and invest in him. =)

41. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@l3610. Well obviously, the number of iphone users that were disappointed with the ip4s are outnumbered with the number of consumers who think that the ip4s is a worthy upgrade. And also, some iphone users were disappointed that there expected features were not on the ip4s, but it does not necessarily mean that they're disappointed with the ip4s overall. Stop thinking too much, and just look at the sales figures. It's didn't disappoint at all :)

46. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

To be fair, there were tons of people who were waiting on a new iPhone. Apple could have pushed out a worse phone and the sales still would have been amazing. I've said in other comments that I've had customers wait a year for it. I still have customers buying the 4s and they don't know anything about the phone. I also have customers on a daily basis pick up an android phone and ask if it's the iPhone. What I'm saying is the phone could suck bottom and customers are dumb enough to still get it. It's the name they want not the actual phone.

35. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Samsung has been adjudicated by several courts around the world that they infringed on Apple's IP. Basically, Samsung is a copyist and if you want to buy phones from a copyist, then go right ahead. Samsung's brand value took a HUGE it and they know it!

36. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah, imagine what they would ship if APPLE would stop this non-sense? 50 million....60 million.....?? No wonder APPLE is worried.

26. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

What android fanboys don't realize, or refuse to realize, is that, in the last quarter, there was no ip4s yet. Apple was pretty much competing with newer Samsung devices in the most part of 2011 with last year's ip4. If you include ip4s initial sales of over 4million, that would beat Samsung. Now watch what happens in the 4th qtr reports. Apple will regain the crown once more.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what iphone people fail to realize is that the GalaxyS2 was not launched in its biggest market, aka America, until Q4. Samsung beat Apple without its flagship product in its prime market.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I like that this is happening. now we will see the Apple comeback....

21. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I am Android user...but to be fair...it makes little sense to compare samsung mobile sales to Apple iPhone sales...instead...just compare...Galaxy S sales with iPhone4 and Galaxy SII with iPhone4s...then we say samsung managed to beat apple on their own turf...just my opinion

27. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Well, actually what they are looking at is what manufacture shipped the most smartphones, not which manufacture has the best selling model. If that were the case it would be the iPhone for sure, but the question is who shipped more smartphones, period.

12. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I wonder if 'The_Miz' and 'taco50' related?

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

in-bred brothers?

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Shipping =/= selling I'm afraid. Samsung can ship as many phones as they want, but what really matters is how many they "sell" to customers. And so far, the record breaking sales of the 4S have said otherwise.

14. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

they dont ship more unless they sell whats already been shipped so yes it is accurate

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Not entirely accurate in this case.

56. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

They always have more shipped than sold... it's common sense. There are always gonna be models on store shelves or back-rooms waiting to be bought. Those were shipped, but not yet sold. Ya dig?

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple is #2 smartphone vendor not manufacture, Samsung is #1 in both world vendor and manufacture.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Great achievement for Samsung. 20 million smartphones is a huge quarter. I expect Apple takes back the lead this quarter with their new line up.

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