What you need to know
- A new report says the iPhone 12 has led a record year for smartphone sales in Japan.
- New research indicates Apple took about half of the smartphone market.
- Shipments of 5G phones increased by nearly 4000% in the country in 2020.
A new report says the iPhone 12 helped spur a 4000% increase in 5G smartphone shipments in Japan last year.
Apple's iPhone 12 reportedly drove some 11 million 5G smartphone shipments, a 4000% increase on 2019's 269,000 units. As the best iPhone in recent years and the first to feature 5G, it's not hard to see why.
Apple reportedly took around 50% of the Japanese smartphone market followed by Sharp, Samsung, Fujitsu, and Sony.
The news follows reports this morning that Apple's iPhone is also finding success in China, from that report:
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