Apple Passes RIM for Fourth Largest Phone Maker in the World
Sure, people scoffed at Steve Jobs' claims that Apple would sell ten million iPhones in its first year of existence. Well, now Apple is selling a bit over ten million iPhones every three months. That enables Apple to surpass Research In Motion for fourth largest phone maker in the world. According to the latest IDC numbers for the third quarter of this year, Apple sells 14.1 million iPhones every three months and firmly moves it into fourth place on the Top 5 list of phone makers globally. This marks the first time Sony Ericsson has been pushed off the list since 2004 when IDC first started tracking sales figures. Another interesting bit is that market leader Nokia has suffered a drop in sales compared to this time last year. Last year Nokia had 36.5% of the overall market share while this year it is only at 32.4%. It isn't much of a drop but it is a drop nonetheless. LG also suffered a drop, from 10.1% to 8.3%, during that same time. If you're wondering, Samsung is number two with 21% share of the market, LG is three at 8.3%, while Apple has 4.1%, and RIM has 3.6%. All other phone makers account for the remaining 30.5% of the market share.