Apple's iPhone gains 2% marketshare in US as competitors falter

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in iPhone edited July 2015
The latest statistics from market research firm comScore reveal Apple widened its lead over competitors in the U.S. smartphone market over the three-month period ending in May, but more importantly gained another 2 percent in the platform race as Android faltered.




According to comScore, iPhone accounted for 43.5 percent of U.S. smartphone subscriber share between March and May, a sequential jump of 1.8 percent. Coincidentally, Apple saw identical gains for the three-month period ending in April.

Rival handset maker Samsung held steady with a 28.7-percent share of the market, up 0.1 percent from February. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five, but saw their slice of the pie decline 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 percent, respectively.

Android remained at the top of the smartphone OS heap in May, but dipped 0.7 percent to end the period at 52.1 percent. Apple's iOS placed second after eating up marketshare from all rivals, including Microsoft, Blackberry and Symbian.

ComScore's latest numbers reflect a changing tide pushed along by massive demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. In the crucial holiday quarter, big-screened iPhone 6 models catapulted iPhone sales to a record-breaking 74.5 million units. The performance continued into March, bucking historical post-holiday slowdowns with 61 million unit sales.
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  • Reply 1 of 43
    boriscletoboriscleto Posts: 159member

    Didn't Steve Jobs target 1% market share? Of the overall phone market, not just smart phones...

  • Reply 2 of 43
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,866member
    But eventually Apple is doomed™. /s

    This is good news considering the iPhone was released in the fall and competitors have release a steady stream of phones since.
  • Reply 3 of 43
    thewhitefalconthewhitefalcon Posts: 4,453member

    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.

  • Reply 4 of 43
    dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 12,527member
    1.8%   <   2%
  • Reply 5 of 43
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.

    Their loss is Apple's gain.
  • Reply 6 of 43
    wingswings Posts: 261member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

     

    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.




    Doesn't bother me one bit.

     

    Karma.

  • Reply 7 of 43
    michael scripmichael scrip Posts: 1,915member
    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.

    Then Microsoft needs to get out there and sell some more phones!

    Google-Apple has had somewhat of a duopoly for many years.... so I don't know what you're worried about.

    We've seen this before anyway. Android-iPhone-Other reminds me a lot of Windows-Macintosh-Other

    There's a huge platform with a lot of OEMs in 1st place... followed by Apple with their own platform/ecosystem... then whoever's left in the combined 3rd place "Other" position.

    And it's probably gonna be like that for the foreseeable future.
  • Reply 8 of 43
    joshajosha Posts: 901member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

     

    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.




    You're correct that would not be best.

    But MS stumbling over everything they do seems to be their current norm.

     

    (Anyone want a WinXP netbook which I never got to like.   It's so trackpad is so  inconsistent I may have to join a MS Netbook Blog !

    Wife hates the trackpad so much she won't use it. She does love her iPad2, which is her travel computer.

    That  iPad2 is my at home laptop.  Who needs MS ?)  ;)

  • Reply 9 of 43
    joshajosha Posts: 901member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post



    This is good news considering the iPhone was released in the fall and competitors have release a steady stream of phones since.

    Yet my carrier continually tries to sell me the world's best phones, according to them.

    Just a bunch of android trash, they are trying to "give away".

     

    Yet with little advertising someone must be buying those high priced iPhones.

    Who are those iPhone buyers ?  :rolleyes:

  • Reply 10 of 43
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,542member
    Many people end up with android not because they like it but uninformed when go into carrier or retail store like best buy and those sales people push android phones because they make more commission on them and showing customers cheaper upfront ownership. When one month passes, you can not return and have to live with. Such things are changing as people becomes knowledgeable of how some android phones are crappy. That conversion is showing up in iphone sales numbers.
  • Reply 11 of 43
    ericthehalfbeeericthehalfbee Posts: 4,284member
    Not that Comscore is any better, but did anyone see the Kantar Worldpanel the other day? All the Android sites were referencing it with the headline "Galaxy S6 powers Samsung to retake smartphone lead in U.S." Or similar.

    Which is funny since they listed the top 3 phones as the iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. S5 sells more yet they claim the S6 is driving sales.

    Even funnier is Kantar stating Android in the U.S. is around 65% with iOS at 30%. And this is for the same 3 month period ending May 2015.

    Shows you how screwed up these analysts are.
  • Reply 12 of 43
    arlorarlor Posts: 528member

    It's a shame that Samsung's up and LG and HTC are down. Both make nicer hardware than Samsung does.

  • Reply 13 of 43
    prolineproline Posts: 201member

    Apple sets yet another record for U.S. market share, while Android yet again fails to match their record of 53.4% in early 2012. Android has gone nowhere for more than three years, which is unsurprising considering how little that platform has to offer in terms of innovation. The stagnation shows no sign of stopping either.

  • Reply 14 of 43
    prolineproline Posts: 201member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee View Post



    Not that Comscore is any better, but did anyone see the Kantar Worldpanel the other day? All the Android sites were referencing it with the headline "Galaxy S6 powers Samsung to retake smartphone lead in U.S." Or similar.



    Which is funny since they listed the top 3 phones as the iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. S5 sells more yet they claim the S6 is driving sales.



    Even funnier is Kantar stating Android in the U.S. is around 65% with iOS at 30%. And this is for the same 3 month period ending May 2015.



    Shows you how screwed up these analysts are.



    The analysts are fine, you just don't read. ComScore measures usage, Kantar measures sales. Because Android phones are mostly cheap junk, they don't get used for as long before they are thrown out. This leads to high sales but low usage, just as these reports show.

  • Reply 15 of 43
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,476member
    Google IS evil. Karma will get them one day.
  • Reply 16 of 43
    jbelkinjbelkin Posts: 74member
    MS is doing the aliens tapeworm invasion - forking android into its 4th incompatible camp: Google android, china android, kindle android, and now MS android.
  • Reply 17 of 43
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,394moderator
    boriscleto wrote: »
    Didn't Steve Jobs target 1% market share? Of the overall phone market, not just smart phones...

    In 2007 when the iPhone came out Steve Jobs was quoted as saying he expected iPhone to take only 10% of the smartphone market. Even then he knew that the vast majority of the burgeoning smartphone market would be filled out with low-end junk purchased by those representing the then vast mobile phone [flip phone] market. Jobs and Apple never wanted that segment of the market and Jobs was forecasting what has finally come to pass; that the iPhone's share of the smartphone market would eventually equate to the iPhone's share of the overall mobile market as all the mobile phones are replaced with barely more functional phones that, due to their screen size and ability to run a web browser, would be termed smartphones.
  • Reply 18 of 43
    suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,793member
    Google IS evil. Karma will get them one day.

    It took years for Microsoft to finally reap what they sowed: years of focusing on their competitors instead of their customers and the user experience.
    Not happy to see MS's numbers trending down. We do not want a Google-Apple duopoly.

    I for one am happy to see the end of Microsoft Windows everywhere, especially mobile. Whenever someone could call Microsoft Windows a monopoly Bill Gates would shrug his shoulders and say the market was free to chose their own operating system if they didn't like Windows. We did, Mr. Gates.
  • Reply 19 of 43
    suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,793member
    jbelkin wrote: »
    MS is doing the aliens tapeworm invasion - forking android into its 4th incompatible camp: Google android, china android, kindle android, and now MS android.

    It all magically comes together into one magical fork of "Android" whenever someone wants numbers to prop up an "Android is dominating" narrative.
  • Reply 20 of 43
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,155member
    If Microsoft ever starts thinking outside the box, then maybe they'll have a chance to be more competitive.
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