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Apple isn't buying NPD's sales analysis

Yesterday, DailyTech reported on the news that the plethora of Android-based smartphones on the market have finally jumped ahead of Apple's iPhone in the United States. The numbers pegged Android's market share at 28 percent while smartphones running iPhone OS were a bit further back at 21 percent.

We never expected Apple to respond to NPD's numbers -- the company is usually "above" such responses and marches to its own drumbeat. However, the news picked up steam all across the internet yesterday and Apple felt the need to respond.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison gave a statement to John Paczkowski which he posted on his Digital Daily blog:

This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.

Paczkowski makes a point of noting that while NPD's numbers don't give a snapshot of the global smartphone market and only surveyed 150,000 customers, Apple isn't exactly being straightforward either. The Apple spokeswoman points out that over 85 million iPhone and iPod touches have been sold, despite the fact that the iPod touch is in no way a smartphone -- in actuality, only 55 million iPhones have been sold to date.

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RE: OK here is goes
By web2dot0 on 5/11/2010 11:04:29 PM , Rating: -1
Finally ..... a person who's not jerking themselves off when they hear negative news about Apple. Welcome to the rational world! :->

It's so funny how everything is "rejoicing" when they hear bad reviews/news about Apple products.

Calm down everyone, you need to be at a 2 rather than a 10. hahaha.
Apple is not going to sink or go out of business any time soon .... get used to it.

Information and statistics can be spun any way you want, but the bottom line is iPad sales are doing well, so iPods, and MacBook and iMac sales are doing pretty good as well. I guess almost everyone in DT neglected the Apple Conference call for 1Q'10.

I'm happy Android is doing reasonably well, because competition is a good thing. But to say Android is over taking iPhone ..... it's a stretch. I'm also happy to hear that HP came out with a Apple clone to have a legitimate competition with MacBook Pro. Can't wait to see how Apple responds ....

RE: OK here is goes
By magneticfield on 5/12/2010 7:09:13 AM , Rating: 2
Android overtaking iPhone would not mean anything bad for Apple, it would mean something good for those who bought or plan to buy Android.
It means stability, room for growth, confidence in the future.

If I'm glad to see Andoid grow it's only because of this. It's like watching a kid grow.
I don't want Apple to dissapear, and I'm sure many of us feel the same.

What would the world be without Apple the magician and it's huge crowd of fans?

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