SAN FRANCISCO—Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. shipped more than twice as many smartphones as Apple Inc. in the third quarter, as the South Korean company dramatically expanded its lead over its U.S. rival, according to ABI Research.
Samsung's lead over Apple in smartphone shipments has expanded in the past year thanks to Samsung's range of offerings and the popularity of its newer models such as the GALAXY S III. In the third quarter of last year, Samsung shipped about 35 percent more handsets than Apple, according to ABI.
"Samsung looks to be running away from the pack, while Apple's new product portfolio continues to eat into its decreasing gross margins," said Michael Morgan, a senior analyst at ABI, in a statement. According to Morgan, to match its 2011 iPhone shipment growth of 96 percent, Apple would need to ship 94 million smartphones in the fourth quarter.
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In the calendar third quarter, Samsung shipped 55.5 million smartphones, up 109 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to ABI. Apple's smartphone shipments, meanwhile, grew to 26.9 million, up 58 percent from the third quarter of 2011, the firm said.
Samsung and Apple continue to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack in smartphone shipments and profits. Combined, Samsung and Apple shipped about 82.4 million smartphones in the third quarter, more than half the global total of 155.5 million, ABI said.
The relationship between Samsung and Apple is a complicated one. The two have become fierce rivals in the marketplace and the courtroom, yet Samsung remains a key supplier to Apple of chips, displays and other items used in the production of Apple products.
I have to say, I'm not surprised. I think Samsung has won this particular round, and put out superior phones to Apple this year. The Galaxy S3 is really something new and (dare I say) "cutting edge", while the new iPhone hardly brought anything new to the table. I'm not saying that the iPhone is a bad phone... quite the contrary. But if you want people to "upgrade" you have to give them a good reason to.
This reminds me of something. A wise man, his name is Gordon Moore, once said: if someone uses the phrase 'everyone knows' you can be sure that no one knows anything. He once said 'no more than 1000 Personal computers will ever sell'. That has taught him a lesson.
The site you refer to, the Apple hater site, quotes an article that bashes Apple for using cheap labor. What percentage of Android phones do you think is made by the same cheap labor? Have you ever visited the Samsung's Gumi plant where they used to make phones? That one is in Korea, and the conditions are quite appalling. They went from there to China, but the only difference is in Korea no one complains about them using cheap labor.
Samsung's gumi plant still manufactures most of its flagship phones. Samsung only outsources manufacturing of low end phones. Workers in gumi plants make more than $ 35,000 a year. When did u visit there? 1980?
I was proud of the innovations of Apple -- until the lawsuit.
If Samsung copied Apple, how come double the shipments if the Korean company's costs are higher than a Apple's and the prices the same?
Already Samsung, who is a world leader in phone displays is bowing out of supplying Apple -- that and the ill feelings will cost Cupertino way more than the Billion dollars they had to share with their lawyers. But wow did they show everybody that they wouldn't stand for anybody copying their flat, rounded rectangles.
News flash guys but Apple is not trying to be the market share leader in smartphones. Apple makes roughly 20% of all cell phones but commands +80% of all profits which includes Samsung. While it may feel good that a company is the share leader it's making money that matters. Just ask Dell and HP about how that share feels in a PC world vs Apple.
Well, at least one guy who understands how Apple works. It's been like that for years and years. Remember how people begged Aple in the late 80's to find a way to commoditize it's computers? They never did, that's not their game.
It seems Apple is out of revolutionary innovation which can be shown through the newly launched iPhone5. Then, will Apple declines its smartphone shipments or reduce its consumer loyalty? The gap between Apple and Samsung in smartphone shipments will become lager?