Apple reclaims international smartphone lead forward of Samsung for first time since 2016

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iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Professional Max.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Apple shipped extra smartphones within the fourth quarter of 2020 than every other firm, in accordance market research firm Gartner.

Apple shipped practically 80 million items within the quarter, surpassing all different smartphone makers together with Samsung. It is the primary time Apple has been on high since 2016, in accordance with the report launched Monday.

Apple’s sturdy vacation quarter and the brand new Gartner outcomes proceed to counsel that Apple’s household of iPhone 12 units, with 5G functionality and a brand new exterior design, is a success within the market. The outcomes additionally counsel that Apple has weathered the coronavirus pandemic higher than its smartphone rivals.

Final month, a competing estimate said that Apple shipped shipped 90.1 million telephones throughout the identical quarter, a determine that market researcher IDC stated was the only greatest quarter within the historical past of the smartphone, judged by shipments.

Apple does not report unit gross sales for its units. Within the fourth quarter of calendar 2020, Apple reported $65.6 billion in iPhone gross sales, up 17% year-over-year. Apple’s enterprise is seasonal and the quarter ending in December is the corporate’s greatest when it comes to gross sales. Apple’s newest iPhones weren’t even on sale for all the quarter.

The smartphone market declined 5.4% in 2020 amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, in accordance with the report, whereas Apple’s shipments grew 3.3%. Samsung nonetheless shipped probably the most units over a year-long interval.

The most important drop on the desk comes from Huawei, which shrunk 24.1% in 2020, though it was nonetheless the third-largest smartphone maker by quantity. Huawei is struggling with U.S. sanctions which have considerably hampered its handset enterprise. Samsung does not face the identical problem however nonetheless noticed shipments drop 14.6% in 2020, in accordance with Gartner.