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iPhone 'dominates' 5G sales in North America and Western Europe

Iphone 12 5g
Iphone 12 5g (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • 5G smartphone sales have eclipsed 4G sales for the first time globally.
  • The iPhone continues to dominate 5G sales in North America and Western Europe.

5G has finally taken the lead over 4G in smartphone sales.

In a new report from analytics firm Counterpoint Research, sales of 5G smartphones hit 51% globally in January of 2022, passing 4G smartphones for the first time. According to the data, China, Western Europe, and North America drove the highest growth of 5G with China coming in at a whopping 84% penetration.

The report notes that the iPhone continues to drive adoption of 5G in North America and Western Europe, taking in over 50% and 30% of sales.

The 5G smartphone penetration for North America and Western Europe reached 73% and 76% respectively. Apple dominates North America and Western Europe with a sales share of over 50% and 30% respectively. After Apple shifted to 5G in October 2020 with the iPhone 12 Series, North America and Western Europe saw a natural increase in the sales penetration of 5G smartphones. These regions are expected to continue contributing substantially to 5G sales globally, as even without offering competitive specs, there is an immense and ongoing demand for a 5G upgrade within the iOS user base. This demand is also fuelled by iPhone users who are ready for new devices after years of holding on to their older iPhones. For many, holding periods are nearing four years, the average replacement cycle for iPhones.

Apple continues to launch new 5G products, including the new iPhone SE and iPad Air which both got upgraded with 5G support.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.