Thanks to 7 Plus, Apple topped Q4 smartphone sales, can you guess with which other iPhone it beat Samsung?

Infographic: New iPhones and Batterygate Help Apple Beat Samsung | Statista
In the October-December period of last year, a perfect storm catapulted Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor. Apple beat Samsung by a hair, shipping 78.3 million iPhones in the holiday quarter, against 77.5 million for the Korean conglomerate. 

Granted, it took a bungled Note 7 battery pack, and a lot of new customers for Apple who came attracted by the inventive dual camera set of the iPhone 7 Plus, but who's to say that this won't be replicated again n Q4 2017 with the eventual launch of an OLED iPhone 8, too. Given that Apple also scored the highest average selling price of its iPhone roster ever - $695 - it's not hard to deduce why it made nearly $18 billion in profits, the highest quarterly result ever recorded by a public company.

A jaw-dropping achievement as Apple's Q4 smartphone sales volumes may be, given that it mainly sells high-end, expensive handsets, it's not the first time that the team from Cupertino beats the one from Seoul in smartphone sales. Can you guess when was the only other quarter when this happened? Yep, Q4 of 2011, when the iPhone 4s brought along Siri for the ride, while Samsung was in only the second edition of its flagship line with the Galaxy S II. Samsung moved 36 million smartphones that quarter (and a whole lot of feature phones), while Apple went for the holiday kill with 37 million. 

Thank you, Siri, can you tell us the Q4 2017 numbers now?

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1. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Awwww......Bring on the flamewar PA! You know who is already theorizing (thesising?) why this occurred. This injustice will not go unpunished!/s

23. Papa_Ji

Posts: 885; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Frist of all SAMSUNG NEVER ACTUALLY REVEALS ACTUAL NUMBERS OF DEVICES SOLD.I don’t know from where they have managed these sales data ... I think those Samsung sales number in above post are given by APPLE to make all its sheep happy. Apple is again successful in making sheep fool by spending some money for such false sales figure articles. Considering the previous iPhonearena articles EVERYONE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH BIASED ARE SAMSUNG RELATED NEWS or ARTICLES. SO, CAN ANYONE (exp. iSheep) EXPECT THIS TO BE BIASED. If iPhonearena is comparing the ESTIMATED sales figure why don’t they include 90 million sales figure for Q4 2017.http://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_sells_90_million_smartphones_and_8_million_tablets_in_4q_2016-news-22975.phphttp://www.startlr.com/samsung-sold-more-than-90-million-devices-during-q4-2016/https://www.femtoptech.com/2017/01/samsung-sold-90-million-smartphones-and.html?m=1http://www.rayarena.com/samsung-sold-90-million-smartphones-8-million-tablets-q4-2016.htmlhttps://www.sammobile.com/2017/01/25/samsung-sold-90-million-smartphones-in-q4-2016/

25. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sorry, I stopped reading after you spelled *first wrong. No offence, but I really don't give a s**t either way. The only stat that's really telling is CPP (Cost Per Purchase) in which Apple almost triples Sammy at $695 to $245. The fact that Apple can sell items at such a high price and do so in a saturated market is a true indicator of what I've always thought; the race to the bottom only hurts Android's perception even further. That's why companies like Huawei and Vivo are trying their hand at premium market pandering and leaving the "low cost flagship" market to their sub-brands (Honor).

28. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

TRUTH BE TOLD.. AND THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS BITTER...

71. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Or instead of wasting 800 on a meh phone like the iPhone 7, Android users can buy a better phone for 400-500 like the OPO 3/T. iFans can wait until next year to pay 900+ just to get an OLED screen like Android users have now (even though it won't officially be invented for iFans until Apple does it). Race to the bottom helps those looking for cheaper phones that perform better and the competition at the top means Android flagships are always the best. Sadly, iFans such as yourself hold up Apple's financials as if they are a win for consumers of Apple's products. Paying more for older hardware like a sub-1080p screen, or non-functional features like portrait mode, proprietary garbage like lightning ports, and even for the removal of features like headphone jacks. There are some individuals that buy iPhones for decent reasons, but they aren't stupid enough to defend Apple to the death with BS marketing points and financials. Even the financials seem to be going downhill now for Apple, even TheVerge, a blatantly Apple biased site, had to admit regarding the most recent Apple financials. Other more intelligent individuals (namely ones without heavy investment in Apple) are more than willing to call it like they see it. http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/1/14468090/apple-q4-2016-earnings-extra-week http://www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/D095B05D-5F7C-4D7C-A58B-56617ABF1485

72. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Let me make this quick so I can get back to Netflix: I don't give a s**t about your garbage opinion. Did you even take the time to read the articles you posted? Nope. Anyways, why do you give a damn what I want to buy with MY money? That's so f**king pathetic bro.....Get your life in order. Their success means continued support, something your Android phone doesn't get....Ever. So do me a solid, take your butthurt and use it for more important purpose. Like finding a job. Getting a girlfriend. Perhaps even maintaining a conversation longer than 12 seconds. Just GTFO with your TechieXP like dumbass rhetoric. It's irrational....

73. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, thanks for the tips "bro", but if I need advice from someone with the intelligence of a 2 year old I would ask my daughter instead of you.

74. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That just means even a two-year old wouldn't buy your bulls**t, which is even more depressing. Think before you speak......

75. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And if want to play the insult game, if this is how you act, I genuinely feel sorry for that two-year old. Just look at her father..... completely wasting his time arguing over phone companies with a total stranger instead of paying attention to his toddler. How incredibly misfortune for her to have to deal with your ridiculous hobbies, not to mention the mother's suffering by your hand. Honestly, how much does your life have to suck to dump time into arguing with some twenty something year old over a company you disapprove of? Do you see me doing nonsense like that? I don't even have a kid and I know not to waste time on things I hate, wtf are you doing with your life right now? Is this how you "unwind" after yet another miserable day at the office? Seriously bruh......this s**t is borderline tragic.

30. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just deal with the facts you idiot...lol

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just how hot is your ass, after the butt burn was applied?

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I had to read the title to this article a few times to understand what it was saying. Maybe it's just me and maybe it's just because it's early in the morning, but I couldn't figure out what it was trying to say when I first read it.

3. howtech

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Just today only I read a news that iPhone 7 is not even able to beat Oppo and Vivo, now it is opposite.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Where in God's name did you read that?

19. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

He's just a salty Android fanboy.

38. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Fake news is everywhere, apparently.

78. howtech

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Looks like I should have been more specific in the comment. I didn't mean iPhone is bad (I am using apple products only), it is just that iPhone sale compared to Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei is going down in China. I cannot share URL as PA is not allowing me to post URL due to my new account. You can google "iphone sales china" and you will see several recent articles on it.

8. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

I'm sorry your brand Viva is nobody compared to winning Apple. Keep your hate speech yourself Android fanboy. Apple rocks deal with it!

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't see where you see the hostility from his speech, why are you so butt hurt?

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

He is a special snowflake. Nothing to worry about

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So just another apple troll aka mxyz? Figured.

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If you know the meaning of his username, everything that's offense him is by default hate speech.

5. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Thanks to Note 7, too....

7. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Definitely. It was the Note 7 disaster that actual caused the 7 plus sales to increase.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How are you 100% sure? I mean it looks obvious, but you cannot be exactly sure since everyone who bought the iPhone 7 Plus never said it was the note 7 disaster that caused them to buy the former.

31. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No its not. Note 7 was a flop anyway.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm pretty sure the unprecedented free with trade in of up to a 2 year old iPhone promo helped, along with the large number of users who skipped the 6s/7 for being just the same.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or the Fact the base iPhoen model has been free from all 4 major US carriers since pre-order. Oh and you have to consider everyone who has iPhone Forever plans as well who get free upgardes to any iPhone. I asked my mom if she wanted to trade her iPhone 6S Plus and she said nah. She is on VZW's iPhone Forever lease plan. VZW has also been offering $200 of an iPad for buying an iPhone. The iPhone 7's have also been on BOGO options from at least 2 carriers, ATT and T-Mobile. Then Best Buy and Target offered the Apple Watch for $50 if you purchased an iPhone. Costco was giving them away from to customers who signed up with them and then Sam's Club also matched them. The iPhone 7 was the first iPhone to have this many deals and it was because Apple was afraid they wouldn't sell because eof the same design and no real upgrade vs the last model. Even someone not looking for a new phone, wont past up on a good deal. But see, these guys claimed only Android phones needed such deals to sell. So what their excuse when its Apple? Oh they dont make one. They just conveniently dont bring it up.

43. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Post #36 broseph.

6. Tythas

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Title's a little weird

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