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.
Bottom line: The iPhone 13 is the best iPhone for most people, with impressive new cameras and notable improvements to battery life. Without all the bells and whistles of the Pro line, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are still powerhouses that'll keep owners happy for years to come.
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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.
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