Led by iPhone X, Apple's Q4 U.S. market share rises 17% over last year

Led by iPhone X, Apple's Q4 U.S. market share rises 17% over last year
The Apple iPhone X made its debut during the fourth quarter of 2017. The tenth anniversary model launched during the first week of November, which helped Apple's U.S. market share rise sequentially by 10 percentage points during the last three months of the year. For the period, the iPhone saw its share of the stateside smartphone market rise to 39% from 29% during the third quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the iPhone's Q4 market share was up 5 percentage points (17%) from the 34% it achieved in Q4 2016.

Apple had a seven percentage point lead over Samsung from October through the end of last year. Sammy's 32% slice of the U.S. smartphone pie placed it well ahead of LG's 13%. All of the remaining manufacturers together owned 15% of the U.S. market. Much of Apple's strong fourth quarter can be credited to the new iPhone X, which has increased the rate at which Android users switch to iOS, and the rate of iPhone upgrades by existing users.


No matter which analytical firm ran the numbers, the data showed that the iPhone had a strong fourth quarter. For example, in the week leading up to Christmas, Apple dominated new device activations while another report showed that the top three selling smartphone models in the U.S. during November were the 2017 iPhone models (iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8).

via 9to5Mac

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42 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Good for them I guess.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple haters are like "What!???!!!??" LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

3. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

That just the us market, I want to know total sales figures. This is the most phones apple has had at one time from their strongest quarter and strongest market.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Piyath and other Apple users are too ignorant to see that Apple has 39% of the US market share. While 61% of the US market is Android for Q4 2017. Why doesn't Apple or Phonearena post the rest of the worlds Apple market share? Would it show a decline in overall market share? Also posting that the iPhone X is leading the way. Well that is just some hype, especially when you look out there. I see very few iPhone X's. BTW, Apple announced it sold a record 78.29 million iPhones in the October-December period of 2016, up 5 percent from a year ago. So how many iPhones did Apple sell this time around? That is the true figure. Not this US only figure. It's still good, but don't forget Apple is global, and the US is Apples largest market in the world.

11. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Just try to accept that iPhone sales are very strong. We just got numbers from around the world, kantar is giving them every month. Why you put Apple numbers down so much? And try to find a negative from it, it looks very bitter to me. My prediction is that iPhone sales this q is around 84 million and thanks to X their ASP will be very high.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow midan. Those kantar smartphone market shares showed that Android's market share Rose in the USA, and that iOS fell. Thanks for proving my point. Kantar showed that iOS dropped globally but Rose in China and Germany, but Android rose everywhere. So this is just like I said, more pumped up hype. If the iPhone X is doing so well. Why are we seeing BOGO deals for a device that only came out in November? Please midan you and a bunch of Apple zealots will jump at anyone to pump up the Apple cause.

47. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why are you comparing one company to all others combined? so what if android growing? what are you trying to prove? We all know that android companies except few are doing very badly in the market. again why you put Apple down so much? i wonder what you say next month when Apple announce huge new record?

12. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

18. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Does market shares matter if at the end. If the day the walk away with all the profit??

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Lol read what you post Midan. Your post helps to prove that Android gained while iOS fell. Thanks buddy. Lol.

51. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Alan says: "For the period, the iPhone saw its share of the stateside smartphone market rise to 39% from 29% during the third quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the iPhone's Q4 market share was up 5 percentage points (17%) from the 34% it achieved in Q4 2016." Midan post #12 link says iOS share was at 43.6% in m/e November '16 (roughly corroborated by fortune.com article that October:http://fortune.com/2016/10/24/apple-market-share/), and that in m/e November '17 it fell 3.8% to 39.8%. Where did Alan's 29% number come from?! Someone is not getting their numbers from the same place... Or, Apple experienced a rather significant drop and are now only returning to their normal share. Or, some analaysts don't know how to maths gooder. :-\

13. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You will get them early next month

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4207; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

There are no specifics pointing to the iPhone eks leading the way. I am willing to bet that the 6s, 7/+ and 8/+ largely lead the growth with a bump by the eks

9. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

According to mixpanel realtime stats, X share is growing lot faster than any other iPhone.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4207; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What are the apps that mixpanel uses their sdk to leak usage information?

6. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Just a reminder "Report Claims iPhone X Sales Not as Strong as Expected in the U.S. Poor iPhone X Sales Are Good News For Apple iPhone X sales ‘below’ expectations due to price, says key analyst Analyst suggests customers prefer cheaper iPhones to the iPhone X Apple's combined iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus uptake still can't beat the 6 and 6 Plus Chinese tech stocks slump after report that Apple has cut its iPhone X orders by 40% The iPhone X order cuts news erase $14 billion off Apple's market cap" :)

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Like I've said before, Apple knows how to get bank. I can't hate on them for that. Just wish the X was worth the prices they charge for it, craigslist came thru for me.

15. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Iphone x has a pretty screen.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wonder how the next quarter will be.

20. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Propably very good

26. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

What share would it have got if it didnt have the notch?

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4207; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Far better... And even higher if it didn't have a dinosaur interface...

28. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Great for Apple however as a consumer not relevant to me at all. I'm not a cheerleader of any corporation. If I need info for investing in a stock, phonearena wouldn't be a site I'd visit for info. Kudos to Apple though.

29. theot14430 unregistered

Sprint lease sales are helping.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Considering these stats are accumulated before then, and the fact that Sprint is the LEAST popular of the four major carriers, I highly doubtful that.

34. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It's so funny that the people who claim to hate Apple, spend so much time arguing about sales and hoping the iPhone X fails, etc. Ya'll sure do give Apple lots of attention.

35. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Let’s get that x plus model out. The current X is a tad small. Hope the plus version isn’t much bigger then current plus models in over all size. Just nice big screen for media.

42. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I'm trying to understand how a phone released in the 4th quarter of the year, namely October through December, had any bearing on Apple Q4. PA your title says Apples Q4. The phone was not released in Apples Q4. The X was announced on the September 12th. Preorders started October 27th which is in Apples 1st quarter. Carries can't preorder devices until the same day we all can. So how did iPhone X influence Apples 4th quarter when it wasn't released until Apples 1st quarter?

45. midan

Posts: 2882; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You try to be too clever, these stats aren't Apple Q1. That's different thing. This was quarter for all not just for Apple so Yes it's Q4.

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