For the first time ever, Apple has been declared as the leader in smartphone sales, leaving behind the most successful business phone leader Research In Motion (RIM). The report was made official by IDC, the premier global market intelligence firm, which claimed that Apple is now officially the fourth largest mobile-phone vendor in the world with nearly 15% growth in world-wide smartphone sales. Earlier, Steve Jobs also revealed that Apple had taken over RIM in the mobile phone market with RIM a rank down placed at fifth behind Apple.
Amongst the leaders, the list goes as follows, rank-wise:
5. Research In Motion
Apple was top leader who recorded the best growth. The iPhone maker reported an increase of over 90% percent in iPhone shipments sent worldwide from the third quarter of 2009. Apple registered an increase solely due to the release of iPhone 4 which sent sales soaring to over 14 million. RIM was the second biggest achiever as it marked a growth of over 50 percent increase in shipments.
Compare overall, the worldwide phone market grew by 14.6 percent with total mobile phone sales reaching 340.5 million units compared to 297 million an year ago.
The IDC report read:
The entrance of Apple to the top 5 vendor ranking underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market. Moreover, the mobile phone makers that are delivering popular smartphone models are among the fastest growing firms. Vendors that aren’t developing a strong portfolio of smartphones will be challenged to maintain and grow market share in the future.