WSJ: Apple is closing the gap with Samsung
On the other hand, Apple has positive momentum working for it. By increasing the size of the screen on the Apple iPhone 6 to 4.7-inches, and to 5.5-inches on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has successfully found ammunition it could use to fight back against large-screened Android models. For the calendar fourth quarter which ended in December, some analysts predict that Apple sold in excess of 70 million iPhones. Connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KSI Securities recently forecast that Apple would announce shipments of 73 million handsets for the period.
Apple will announce the figures tomorrow when it reports its quarterly results. The calendar fourth quarter, which is the company's first fiscal quarter, is historically the best three month period for iPhone sales each year. The combination of Apple's peak quarter for its smartphone combined with Samsung's declining fortunes, could result in some interesting figures as Apple cuts into Samsung's global smartphone lead.