Apple iPhone storms world smartphone biz
Beat all Windows Mobile devices combined in US
Apple squeezed itself into third place in the list of world smartphone makers during Q4 2007, pushing ahead of Motorola and Palm and all the Windows Mobile device suppliers.
The iPhone itself may divide opinion but there's no questioning its success. According to market watcher Canalys, Apple shipped 2,320,840 iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2007, just beating Motorola, which shipped 2,301,260 smartphones during the period.
It's important to put those figures into context, specifically Nokia's dominance of the market, which it achieved by shipping 18,802,480 smartphones worldwide. The number-two player, Research in Motion (RIM), shipped 4,046,860 BlackBerries.
Those totals give Nokia a marketshare of 52.9 per cent, RIM 11.4 per cent, and both Apple and Motorola have 6.5 per cent.
Some 35.5m smartphones shipped in Q4, Canalys said. Of those, just over 8m fell into the 'others' category.
Focusing on the US market, Apple took a 28 per cent share, behind only RIM, which accounted for 41 per cent of the market. Third-placed Palm took nine per cent of smartphone shipments. All US Windows Mobile devices vendors combined - and that presumably includes Palm's Windows-based Treos - came to 21 per cent, less than the iPhone's share.
Apple performed less well in Europe, notching up fifth place behind Nokia, RIM, HTC and Motorola. But that stil left it ahead of Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Palm, all of whom have been in the smartphone business for some time.
Not a bad showing for a handset that's less than a year old, has been widely lambasted for lacking features like 3G and GPS, and is so closely tied to certain networks.
True very true. They've not hit their cellphone marketshare.
However that is not what people are moaning about here. They are all carrying on about smartphones. That is the context my post thould be seen.
Also, How long has Windows Mobile (in it's many carnations) been about? Apple have still managed to be beat it in 1 and a bit quarters.
Give me break. If this were any other company, everyone would be shouting from the roof tops at how successful this product launch was!
Lets put it into some real perspective
So falling quite a bit short of the 1% market share that they wanted. Just 4 months left to meet that target - do you really think they will make it? Even the most optimistic fanboy has to conclude that they won't so it isn't the success that Apple predicted now is it?
You're all a bunch of moaning girls!
This is what you overlord Steve "Monkey boy" Balmer said..
.... There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
Haha don't you love it.
Come now lets hear all those M$ fan boys try and scream me down...