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A new report from industry analyst Gartner claims that Apple's iPhone sales are continuing to grow, and that Samsung's sales are continuing to fall, particularly in China. Overall, the report says that Apple's worldwide smartphone share increased 36 percent, rising 2.4 percentage points to 14.6 percent, while Samsung's sales have dropped 5.3 percent year-over-year. In China, Apple's sales grew by 68 percent, while the overall Chinese smartphone market fell four percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Led by gains in the US market both for its Mac computers and its iPhone 6 lineup, Apple continued to gain share where rivals lost it in the latest reports from both Gartner and ComScore. Although Apple actually lost a tenth of a percent in marketshare in smartphones in the US from last quarter, chief rival Samsung dropped ten times more, falling 1.1 percent on weaker demand. Apple now has 12 percent marketshare in the US, a nine percent gain year-over-year.
While significantly disagreeing on the shipment or sales numbers of its rivals, analysis firms IDC and Gartner have agreed that Apple surpassed all expectations in a number of areas with its record-shattering calendar Q4 performance, with Gartner awarding Apple the crown of top smartphone seller in the world. An earlier report by IDC had Apple barely missing the top spot, claiming that Samsung shipped 75.1 million units, despite a sharp drop in profits and revenue.
According to new quarterly figures from industry analysts Gartner, enormous growth by Apple's iPhone has eroded worldwide mobile phone share -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- from top seller Samsung and second-place Nokia, with Apple potentially taking the second spot from Nokia after this quarter's expected record-breaking iPhone sales are announced. For the most recent quarter, Apple was within one percentage point of matching Nokia in a market seeing strong overall growth.
Following up on the projections it
Earlier this week, technology research company Gartner released its projections for 2014 and 2015 computer sales, indicating that PC shipments would see a small loss from the previous year before seeing an uptick in 2015. The increase in shipments comes after a trend of declining sales, as consumers shift buying habits and hold onto PCs longer. As a result, the number of tablets shipped in 2015 are expected to surpass PCs for the first time.
Industry watchdog Gartner has released its own version numbers echoed earlier by IDC, and claims that worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an 8.6 percent decline from the same period last year. The most recent descent marks the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Lenovo accounted for 17.6 percent of global PC shipments in the third quarter, with HP holding 17.1 percent according to the preliminary results. Gartner's findings vary from IDC's numbers, sometimes substantially, but the overall trend and findings are the same.
Research by Gartner suggests that sales of smartphones have exceeded those of feature phones for the first time. While global smartphone sales have increased by 3.6 to 435 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to Gartner's own figures, smartphones make up 225 million of the total, a year-on-year increase of 46.5 percent, with feature phones seeing a 21-percent year-on-year decline to 210 million units.
Worldwide PC shipments -- desktop and notebook -- dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by market analystsGartner. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC marketís history. The fall in the Asia/Pacific PC market continued, showing five consecutive quarters of the shipment decline, while the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) PC market registered two consecutive quarters of double-digit decline.
Preliminary PC shipment data produced by Gartner shows that Apple has held on to the number three position in the US market in the fourth quarter of 2012. Although PC shipments declined in the US by 2.1 percent year over year dropping to 17.5 million units, Apple managed to boost its sales by 5.4 percent over its 2011 fourth quarter results. HP retained its number one position in the US, boosting its sales by 12.6 percent, while Dell retained second position but went backwards with 16.5 percent fewer sales for the quarter.
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