What you need to know
- The iPhone experienced 55.7% quarter-over-quarter growth in the gulf region.
- Growth was led by the iPhone 12 lineup as well as the continued performance of the iPhone 11.
The iPhone, led by the new iPhone 12 lineup, has pulled off some impressive growth in the Gulf region last quarter.
A new report from IDC details that the overall mobile phone market of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region grew 8.2% in Q4 2020. The smartphone market value in the region grew 39.5% when compared to the previous quarter.
While most of the growth in the market was for feature phones, Apple posted a stellar quarter with 55.7% quarter over quarter growth due to the release of the iPhone 12 lineup in the fall.
Akash Balachandran, a senior research analyst at IDC, said that Apple saw great success with its latest iPhone as well as the iPhone 11.
The overall growth is not expected to last, however. Ramazan Yavuz, a senior research manager at IDC, says that supply constraints will most likely cause a 0.75 decline for Q1 2021.
Apple released the iPhone 12 lineup in a staggered schedule over the course of a month in the fall of 2020.
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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