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This may be a sign of how iPhone demand is faring amongst the competition

The latest iPhone may not be the rockstar Apple thought it would be. The Cupertino, California-based company slashed its orders for iPhone 5 screens by about 50 percent for the first quarter of 2013, and cut orders for other iPhone components as well.

This may be a sign of how iPhone demand is faring amongst the competition. Rival hardware makers like Samsung, whose devices are coupled with Google's Android operating system, have stolen much of the smartphone market share in the U.S.

For Q3 2012, Android was the No. 1 mobile operating system with a market share of 72.4 percent (compared to 52.5 percent in Q3 2011). Apple's iOS followed far behind at 13.9 percent (compared to 15 percent in Q3 2011).

As far as hardware goes, Samsung led the Q3 2012 market share at 22.9 percent (compared to 18.7 percent in Q3 2011) and Apple sat in third place at 5.5 percent (compared to 3.9 percent in Q3 2011).

Apple recently slipped behind in China's smartphone market as well. Apple, which previously held the No. 4 spot in the Chinese mobile phone market, slipped to No. 6 in Q3 2012 due to its low number of shipments, according to research firm IDC. Out of China's 60 million mobile phone shipments in Q3, Apple's iPhone accounted for less than 10 percent.

Apple's iPhone 5 was released in September 2012 with new features like a 4-inch screen and 4G LTE connectivity. It's available in either black or white, and is priced at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model with two-year contracts.

Sources: CNET, The Wall Street Journal



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Taking sides
By semo on 1/14/2013 7:08:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Samsung, whose devices are coupled with Google's Android operating system, have stolen much of the smartphone market share in the U.S
I guess we know which side you're on




RE: Taking sides
By spread on 1/14/2013 8:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why these fanboys are so hot and heavy for their favorite company. It's not just Apple. For god's sake people it's just a corporation and if they could sell you at a profit they would.


RE: Taking sides
By DanNeely on 1/14/2013 9:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
Being weren't hot and heavy for the company whose product was handed down from on high while angels sang in chorus is what makes someone a fanboi. Those of us who can rationally discuss the merits and limitations of our preferred platform are not.


RE: Taking sides
By boobo on 1/14/2013 7:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
I can't speak for all fanboys but, in my case, I believe that if we don't reward the companies that embrace an open model, then all companies will embrace closed models.


RE: Taking sides
By maugrimtr on 1/14/2013 8:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
Stolen is a perfectly normal expression in this usage :(. The whole concept of our economy is based on stealing market share away from incumbents.


RE: Taking sides
By Armageddonite on 1/14/2013 8:45:32 AM , Rating: 2
Any market is by and large a finite commodity, so the only way to get more of it is to take what someone else has. This is not usually considered theft though, since the commodity in this case chooses to go elsewhere, they aren't actively taken away.


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