What you need to know
- Apple is estimated to have shipped 82 million iPhone units in Q4 of 2020.
- The new record for the company pushed it to the number one spot amongst smartphone vendors.
New research indicates that Apple shipped some 82 million iPhones in Q4 of 2020, pushing it to become the world's number one smartphone vendor.
According to Canalys:
As noted, the results mean that Samsung remained number one over the entire year, but Q4 was a runaway victory for Apple as its shipments slumped by 12% during the same period.
Apple's 81.8 million units gave it an estimated 23% market share of smartphone shipments, ahead of Samsung's 17% share in second place, followed up by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo.
Canalys Analyst Vincent Thielke said:
The news follows Apple's own revenue reports for Q1 2021 which show the company saw record revenues of $111.4 billion.
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