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iPhone shipments were dwarfed by Samsung in Q1 2022, new report claims

Green iPhone 13 and Alpine Green iPhone 13 Pro and Midnight iPhone SE
Green iPhone 13 and Alpine Green iPhone 13 Pro and Midnight iPhone SE (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Samsung shipped almost 74 million smartphones in Q1, according to a new report.
  • While it shipped 17 million fewer iPhones, Apple still reportedly managed to grow year on year.

Apple sells a ton of iPhones but not quite as many as Samsung, according to a new report based on the first quarter's smartphone shipments.

Numbers put together by BanklessTimes claim that Samsung shipped 73.6 million smartphones in Q1 2022, a number that was a fill 17 million more than Apple managed during the same period. The numbers gave Samsung the top spot, while Apple sat second ahead of Xiaomi in third.

It isn't all bad news for Apple and its latest iPhone 13, though — the report notes that it was the only OEM to see growth during the quarter thanks to a 2.2% increase in shipments.

Apple takes the second spot, having sold 56M smartphones. That volume saw Apple's market share stand at 18%, which indicates a 2.2% jump in year-on-year (YOY) change. Additionally, the California-based tech giant was the only OEM in the smartphone sector that registered positive growth.

Bankless Times Q1 2022 Smartphone Sales Chart

Bankless Times Q1 2022 Smartphone Sales Chart (Image credit: BanklessTimes)

Smartphone shipments as a whole have been on the wane for a little while thanks to a saturated market and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any growth is good growth, although Apple would surely prefer to be sat in the number one spot. Considering the number of different devices Samsung sells with its logo on, second isn't a bad place to be.

Apple still has a big 2022 to look forward to, of course. The new iPhone 14 lineup is just around the corner with an announcement expected in or around September.

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Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.