Long gone are the days when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iPhones would be shucked by smartphone lovers everywhere due to the size of their screen. If you’re willing to go back a couple of years in time you’ll see that most tech lovers that didn’t fit in the “Apple fan-boy” category were swearing not to make the switch from Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android to iPhones for one single reason – screen size.
There’s a big reason behind that, pun intended, and that’s the fact that many Android manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and so on were marketing smartphones so large that they were a hair’s breath shy of being called phablets.
Nowadays, with the new iPhones out, that’s no longer an issue. They’re selling phones just as large with all the sparkly technology that comes with the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s logo. This has made plenty of people to switch to the “dark side” and shell out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the latest Apple gadget and thus, the iPhone market share has been on a steady growth path in recent months, reaching a 13.6% market share at the end of this year’s third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
As you read on about the countries around the world where Apple’s devices are most popular, you won’t find one important name – China. There, the iOS has a market share of under 28%, which is understandable considering the competition is betting on Android.
In the world’s largest smartphone market, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has an even tougher time than anywhere else, mostly due to the high number of local manufacturers launching devices that are meant to be “flagship killers,” devices that are marketed as being better than anything else on the market. Whether that’s true or false is up for debate, but the truth is that there’s always something better, shinier and more impressive.
Under the circumstances, Apple’s market share in the China is enjoying a roller-coaster ride, going up and down and up again as the months go by, indicating an extremely competitive market. Recent news from the Asian country indicate that while the smartphone market keeps growing, there’s been a considerable slowdown in the year’s second quarter. Tech research company Gartner says that China has reached saturation, the phone market reaching a “replacement” phase. Anshul Gupta, Gartner’s research director, says that there are very few that are buying new phones now, the market consisting mostly of users trying to replace their old devices with newer models.
Without any further ado, read on to see the top countries where the iPhone currently is registering the largest market shares.