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iPhone 5 is expected to take the top spot in Q4

Research firm Strategy Analytics has announced its smartphone market share numbers for Q3 2012. The numbers show that Samsung Galaxy S III overtook the Apple iPhone 4S to become the world's best selling smartphone for Q3.

Samsung shipped 18 million Galaxy S III smartphones during Q3 of 2012. The quantity of units shipped gave Samsung's smart phone 11% of the smartphone market globally. Strategy Analytics attributes the Galaxy S III's large touchscreen and extensive distribution around the world along with generous operator subsidies as the main reasons for the smartphones success.

Apple shipped 16.2 million iPhone 4S smartphones, giving it second place in the global smartphone market. Much of the reason that the iPhone slipped from the top spot was because consumers were holding off to purchase the anticipated iPhone 5 at the end of Q3. Apple shipped 6 million units of the iPhone 5 in Q3 of 2012 with very little time on market.
The total number of smartphones shipped in Q3 of 2012 added up to 167.8 million.

The Samsung Galaxy S III grew its market share significantly between Q2 of 2012 and Q3 growing from 3.5% to 10.7% of the global market. Comparatively, the iPhone 4S slipped from 12.7% of the market in Q2 of 2012 to 9.7%. The brand-new iPhone 5 grabbed 3.6% of the market.
However, the research firm expects the win for Samsung to be very short-lived. Strategy Analytics says that it expects the iPhone 5 to out ship the Galaxy S III in Q4 2012 allowing the iPhone to regain the title as the world's most popular smartphone.

Source: Strategy Analytics

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By Tony Swash on 11/8/2012 12:17:36 PM , Rating: -1
Poor Apple - doomed to repeat the failures of the PC market and end up being consigned to being the most profitable company in the sector with the highest selling product.

Some fates are just to horrible to contemplate :)

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 12:28:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh look, King Douche arrived saying the same shit as every other post.

By mattinv on 11/8/2012 1:01:29 PM , Rating: 2
The problem for Apple is that, if they want to remain on top, they have to find the next "cool" product and develop an innovative software to go with it. The Iphone / Ipad are simply getting boring. Not to the eye, as they are still fine looking devices. But as far as the OS goes, there is little innovation and it struggles to keep up with Android. Unfortunately for Apple, their latest decision as far as GPS and mapping goes, proved to be a major mistake, which will cost them.

When talking about hardware, Apple will have a hard time competing with companies like Samsung that focus their research and development on it. Apple focus is more oriented toward design, software and ecosystem build up. Soon or later, we can expect Android to be sold on superior products, like Google just did with the Nexus 10.

The decline that you are seing in their stock (AAPL) reflects the concern major investors have with Apple. And I believe it is justified.

Since the stock market is generally a projection of how a company will perform in the future, the main question is: will Apple come out with a revolutionary product?
If they don't, there is a chance that history could repeat itself.

Another major problem that is seriously threatening Apple future is software development. Android is becoming exponentially more popular to the point that iOS might become irrelevant. Android can be found in a very wide variety of products, that ranges from smart phones, tv, tablets, pc, portable pc, pc-on-a-sticks to custom boards and integrated board system that can make use of affordable Chinese made (and designed!) electronic and an open OS. We are talking about a 5 to 1 ratio (Android versus iOS) today, which is soon to become a 8 to 1 or 9 to 1 ratio due to the booming of electronic start up in China (who only rely on Android). The impact, long term, will a much faster development of applications for Android. Which will ultimately force developers to abandon iOS (like it happened on the PC market).

As of today, there is no clear product news release from Apple that would hint that any such innovative product is in the wings. Until then, Apple will slowly decline, which might not be in the consumers best interest. An Android monopoly would not be any better than an iOS monopoly.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2012 5:06:11 PM , Rating: 3
When talking about hardware, Apple will have a hard time competing with companies like Samsung that focus their research and development on it.

Nothing touches the iPhone 5 or iPad (very curious to see the 4th gen benchmarks) right now, not even close. Leapfrogging them in performance will also be difficult given that the A6 leapfrogged their own hardware that others are still playing catch-up with. The S3 also has an inferior display (unless you're blessed to not see the Pentile pattern and don't mind oversaturated color profiles) and about half the iPhone 5's battery life with LTE browsing.

Apple has been doing a great job with their hardware design, the fastest and best hardware without compromising size, weight, or battery life.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 5:10:55 PM , Rating: 1
Same shit as every other post... go figure.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2012 5:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry that objective facts and reality make you so mad.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 5:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
And you keep saying that as if I am mad... another one of your talking points to try to sway your arguments.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2012 5:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
You certainly seem angry when you post. I can't think of any other explanation for the kind of responses you make to objective analysis.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 5:24:32 PM , Rating: 3
You certainly are an ignorant moron.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2012 5:30:34 PM , Rating: 1
Yup, mad as hell. You can't bring facts into a discussion so you make posts like this as always. Why else wouldn't I think you're an angry little man?

Also, it just occurred to me that Android fans should be mad at Samsung for charging what they do for the S3. It is slower, cheaply made, with inferior displays, yet it costs about as much as an iPhone 5. It seems overpriced to me given all of its relative deficiencies, they should really drop its price down further. Maybe they charge more because its bigger, but that doesn't make sense since packing more power into a smaller package usually results in a higher price.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 5:33:36 PM , Rating: 2
Again, not mad. Keep thinking that all you want.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2012 6:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ad hominem attacks against objective facts certainly says that you're mad. Why else would you jump on people to defend inferior things with no backup other than name-calling? You have nothing else to help yourself other than that.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 6:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
Again, you have no clue what you are talking about. But go ahead... keep thinking that.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 6:25:36 PM , Rating: 2
Inferior = Opinion

By retrospooty on 11/8/2012 8:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
If your facts were objective you would have mentioned the removable battery, the larger screen, the hi res screen, micro sd, NFC, and a far superior OS and all the other things the S3 has that the iPhone lacks.

it is good hardware although very undersized. But really the OS is just getting old. IOS6 should really be called IOS 3.4

By TakinYourPoints on 11/9/2012 2:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
The high res screen isn't much of an improvement when it is a pentile screen with fewer subpixels than a "lower" res display in an iPhone, thus resulting in visual artifacts and fuzzy looking text. Ditto goes for their poor color calibration, oversaturated, too much contrast, and inconsistent between phones. With the premium they charge you'd think that they could individually color calibrate those displays and get them to sRGB.

Removable batteries and SD cards are nice, but with those you add size. There is no way to get those features into something as small as an iPhone, and its the same reason why the Nexus 7 and Kindle don't have those either. My first generation Kindle had expandable battery and SD card expansion. You know what, taking them away and making the device smaller was well worth the trade, and the same applies here. They are just not valuable to me, making the device smaller is, but I understand if other people want to compromise size for physical expansion. I never carried spare batteries with my laptops or phones before all this, I went for products with the best battery life instead. Carrying around more crap isn't for me.

I think its a dead end feature in the long run since battery life and storage will continue to increase as size decreases. An iPhone also gets you double the LTE browsing time and almost double the wifi browsing time of an S3, so no need to carry around spare batteries in the first place.

As for the OS getting old, my main complaints are skeumorphism in certain apps (calendar, podcasts), but Ive taking over software UI should fix those very quickly. Otherwise it has a solid feature set and is by far the most efficient OS out there. Efficiency is one reason why it squeezes faster application performance with SoCs clocked 30% slower. Under the hood it is still a beast, so I'm fine with it. Being the #1 target development platform also helps with my decision.

Again, these are reasons why I currently use it. If larger screens or physical keyboards matter then I totally understand why you'd get another device, those are totally legit.

By momorere on 11/8/2012 1:18:48 PM , Rating: 2

Not only is crApple's stock falling at nearly terminal velocity but they are losing battle after battle in the court room. Not only that, customer loyality is in a rapid decline. The sheep are finally realizing that nothing coming from crApple is truly "innovative" anymore and are getting upgrade fatigue. You know this as well but you are just way too deep into your PR job and fanboyish ways.

I REALLY REALLY hate to use one of your sayings, although you say it sarcastically, but "Apple are doomed"

By retrospooty on 11/8/2012 1:25:14 PM , Rating: 3
Tony, I think mech tech summed it up best yesterday...

"Here's some free advice...defending Apple at every turn makes you look pathetic"

Now go crawl back under your rock and enjoy your "$1000 stock price you assured us was coming LOL.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 1:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
Down 15 right now...ouch. And more each day. LOL!

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2012 3:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
Down 20.... OUCH

By retrospooty on 11/8/2012 4:32:00 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Not that Apple isn't perfeclty healthy financially, they are fine and will still make insane profits, but Tony's insistence that they will keep climbing at the rate they were for the past few years and hit $1000 is a laugher and a half... No, Apple has peaked, the competition has caught up, and now surpassed them and now Apple only sees Google dust and is copying features from Android.

Apple, it's time to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new, or do what you have always done in the past and re-invent something that already exists. =)

By hugo_stiglitz on 11/8/2012 1:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
Of course Apple will continue to remain extremely profitable for the foreseeable future. However, they ARE afraid of losing market share. What do you think will happen when iOS owns ~10% of the market and Android owns ~90%? Developers will be flocking to Android. Apple feels deja vu. Its happened to them before in the desktop PC space, they're deathly afraid of it happening to them again.

They're afraid because they know that the majority of the market is already choosing Android. They fear that without a ban on their competitor's products that they will be relegated to a minority in a market they once dominated.

Apple has three options to regain market dominance:
1) Come out with a revolutionary product
2) Out-innovate their competitors
3) Patent troll and try to ban the competition

Option 1 doesn't seem plausible without a visionary leader (such as the late Steven P. Jobs). They don't seem to be able to do option 2 and so they've selected option 3.

Sad, really (for consumers who aren't part of the iSheep collective).

By BabelHuber on 11/8/2012 3:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Apple has another option left:

Product diversification. Instead of selling only the iPhones 4/4S/5, what about a real midrange phone like the Samsung Galaxy Ace series? Or going even cheaper, down to the $200-range? Non-subsidized of course!

Of course you don't earn as much money with cheaper phones, but you get market share.

As you already have pointed out, if they continue with their strategy, they constantly will lose market share.

So either they come up with a new strategy for this changed environment, or they start their decline.

By simsony on 11/8/2012 5:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. Product SKU diversification will bludgeon their margins.

It is also not a practical option for the brand either.

By mattinv on 11/8/2012 5:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
Many people are hoping that Apple would come out with devices that would target the $200 and sub $200 market. This is just not going to happen, because it goes against Apple pricing politics and would actually alienate the Apple fan base. Furthermore, if you are invested in Apple, you are looking for Apple to maintain its profit margin, even if it means losing some market shares.
The same hold true about opening iOS to encourage wider adoption. It might seem like a necessary move to counter Android but it goes against the politic of the company.

Apple has proven that its fan base will carry it for a while, no matter what the competition comes up with. This is one of the main reason the Ipad mini has been priced so high in comparison to Nook and Nexus lines.

It is important to remember that even during its worst years, Apple maintained a politic of somewhat overpriced items and closed OS. Apple fan based has saved the company in the past, it will probably do it again.

By Noonecares on 11/8/2012 7:25:41 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's strength is in their marketing. They probably spend as much there as in their R & D. Yes, they do incremental increases on purpose. But it never stops people from lining up to get the latest. I personally will get a Note 2 in a couple of weeks. Big people need big phones. I believe that foxconn is having trouble producing iphone 5s.

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