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Apple overtakes Samsung with 37m iPhones shipped

updated 04:40 pm EST, Tue January 24, 2012

Apple retakes lead from Samsung in smartphones

Apple in its fall quarterly results retook the crown as the world's largest smartphone maker. Its 37.04 million iPhones shipped were enough to pass Samsung's 35 million and ran significantly above most estimates. The American company had not just the advantage of the iPhone 4S launch during a holiday season but widened carrier access and its fastest international rollout to date.

Samsung, meanwhile, was at a relative disadvantage. It ships a much wider variety of smartphones, but its Galaxy S II was several months old and had already largely peaked. The Galaxy Nexus, despite its high profile, is still considered a niche model.

The winter may favor Apple. While Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in late February, it typically doesn't ship until months later, leaving any early adopters waiting. Apple was still expanding the iPhone 4S' reach in January and, in the past couple of years, has usually avoided the post-holiday slump that affects most others.

Nokia has yet to report its own results but is expected to place a distant third in the smartphone arena.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Jubeikiwagami

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    +17

    Made

    Yes and Apple made real money. Through hard work and real innovation. Unlike Samesung! Hahaha!

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +18

    wait til

    China sales kick in.

  1. climacs

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    +11

    wrenchyyyyy

    come out and playyyyyy

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    -16

    Not dear wrenchy...

    -although some would say otherwise ;))

    Apple now plays catch up?

    Sounds pretty lame!

    Whats next iPhone 5 finally comes out -the real one not the disappointing one -
    with a larger screen and iFanatics will claim:

    Apple IMPROVES on the competition?

    Apple no longer the leader catching up,
    Hmmm sounds kind of like... MICRO$OFT!

  1. climacs

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    +14

    bitter much, Arne?

    me and my AAPL shares are laughing at you

  1. Nekogami13

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    Apple reports actual sales. Apple sold 37 million phones, Samsung shipped 35 million to warehouses.

  1. ElectroTech

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    +8

    Boycott Samsung consumer products

    Apple would have had an even larger profit if Samsung wouldn't be able to blatantly copy Apple products and sell them. BOYCOTT SAMSUNG CONSUMER PRODUCTS until they learn their lesson.

  1. bigmig

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    One of those sales numbers is real...

    The other is just pulled out of the a** of some "analyst" because the company is afraid to report its actual sales.

  1. Nekogami13

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    Apple reports actual sales. Apple sold 37 million phones, Samsung shipped 35 million to warehouses.

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  1. wrenchy

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    -10

    I love my


    Nexus Phone.

    I could care less about all the other iWanna-Beez.

    Yes Arne, how the tables have turned! Apple is the one playing catch-up now :-)
    Well actually, they've always played catch-up.

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