While the usual crowd of pundits continue to predict the ultimate fall and demise of the iPhone, the Apple-branded smartphone continues to maintain its dominant position within the market. The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics confirm that the iPhone 5, released in late September, was the best-selling smartphone worldwide during the fourth quarter of last year.
The recent success of the iPhone can largely be attributed to its timely release, as a late Fall launch positioned the smartphone as a hot seller during the holiday shopping season. Strategy Analytics data reveals that Apple moved 27.4 million iPhone 5 units during Q4 2012, in addition to 17.4 million iPhone 4S models. Samsung shipped 15.4 million Galaxy S III units. (more…)