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Apple blows past BlackBerry with 20.34m iPhones, 9.25m iPads

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Tue July 19, 2011

Apple spring 2011 widens gap with RIM

Apple as part of its spring results saw its mobile device sales grow even further in a possibly significant blow to RIM and smaller rivals. It shipped 20.34 million iPhones, a nearly ten percent gain from the winter and 142 percent compared to a year earlier. A full quarter of Verizon iPhone sales, along with a kick from the white iPhone, have been credited for the gain in a period when iPhone sales usually drop and when no new model was imminent.

The results run in stark opposition to Apple's largest individual North American rival, RIM. Although the quarters don't directly overlap, BlackBerry sales fell to 13.2 million in its own spring quarter. The 11.4 percent drop was a near equal ratio to Apple's gain and is likely to be compounded by a poor summer. RIM has already predicted shipping just 11 million to 12.5 million BlackBerrys.

RIM is counting on a bounce back from BlackBerry 7 phones later this year and its 2012 release of QNX-based "superphones." The firm has nonetheless spent roughly a year behind Apple in phone sales and may face a steep challenge ever regaining its previous position.

Apple also fulfilled rumors and shipped 9.25 million iPads. The sum is roughly twice as much as what it shipped just in the winter and confirms company promises that it was only limited by its early production runs. The shipments make the iPad Apple's second largest hardware by volume, pushing it past the iPod.

Many of Apple's rivals have yet to report their quarters but now face stiffer resistance. RIM shipped 500,000 PlayBooks in spring and is rumored to have cut its goals by at least half after not getting the sales it had presumed it would have. Most Android tablet makers have sold only a few hundred thousand each and aren't yet expected to grow significantly during the summer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple's up over $20

    Apple's up over $20 in after hours trading, yikes. It pays to go long on Apple.

    Now announce the Macbook Airs tomorrow.

  1. solefald

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But... but i thought that RIMM was just about to... like any minute now.... supposed to be the Apple killer???

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New idea for RIMM

    Buy one get eight free!

  1. donmontalvo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So BlackBerry...

    ...I remember when you responded to the initial iPhone release with a "we have nothing to worry about" statement. Something about how saturation will ensure longevity. Nice theory. How's that working for ya? ;)

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    international sales

    Oppenheimer noted that emerging and developing countries like Brazil, China, and Mexico were "key drivers"

    That's the key driver, not the Verizon deal - it was an important deal but Verizon is just 1/3rd of 1 market, and this is a world wide number.

    You know you are wrong, repeating it changes nothing.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    title all wrong

    Rim blows, period.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What the h*** were those

    co-CEO's doing so that RIM is quickly losing market share? Each of them must be using half their brain power or something. One thing for certain. RIM can only channel stuff but so much. Eventually the warehouses are going to burst from all the BlackBerrys stuffed in them. I mainly feel bad about RIM because of all the layoffs they're going to have to do in this sucky economy where jobs are hard to find.

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