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iPhone Market Share 2012: Apple iPhone Market Share Data, 2012

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iPhone Market Share 2012: Is the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone gaining market share? Is this smartphone losing market share? These are the types of questions that analysts, investors, and everyday people grapple with throughout the year.

According to a recent study from IDC, the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone gained market share in 2012.

Apple Inc. (AAPL), iPhone 5Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Press Info

AppleInsider took a closer look at the numbers, which some people may find surprising:

“The latest worldwide smartphone data from IDC reveals that Apple’s worldwide market share grew to 25.1 percent in 2012.”

“Apple’s total iPhone shipments increased 46.9 percent last year, from 93.1 million handsets in 2011 to 136.8 million in 2012.”

“Controlling a quarter of smartphone shipments, Apple was squarely in second place worldwide, in a two-horse race with market leader Samsung — the only other company among the top five vendors that managed to grow its share.”

By growing its worldwide market share to 25.1 percent last year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made big strides.

Does this mean the company is going to close in on Samsung and eventually take the lead?

The report shows that Samsung is out in front of the industry with market share of 39.6 percent. Apple is in second, followed by Nokia (6.4 percent), HTC (6 percent) and RIM (6 percent).

Here is more from the AppleInsider article regarding the competition between Samsung and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL):

“Samsung easily outpaced Apple in 2012, growing its shipments by 129.1 percent, more than doubling Apple’s year-over-year growth. Samsung also saw its market share grow from 19 percent in 2011, when it was in a dead heat with Apple, to 39.6 percent in 2012, or nearly 15 percentage points ahead of Apple.”

Below is information directly from IDC, which can be read in its entirety here:

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