Apple is certainly enjoying the current trend seen at AT&T and Verizon, which show the majority of smartphone sales are going to Apple. It is expected that the iPhone 5 will continue to keep this majority trend, and this is only encouraged by the amount of people holding out for the iPhone 5 release date. We’ve heard that around 80 million people are ready to purchase the 6th generation phone at launch, and add this to the slowdown in current iPhone sales it shows that a new record is likely this year.
The second quarter of 2012 shows the majority of Verizon and AT&T smartphone sales were iPhone, and this is according to the quarterly financial results from both these companies. AT&T reported the iPhone made up 73 percent (3.7m) of its smartphones sales, and Verizon explained that 45 percent (2.7m) of its smartphone sales were Apple phones. Both of the companies reported lower Apple sales than the previous quarter, but this happens every year and with an iPhone 5 incoming it had been expected again.
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T-Mobile doesn’t currently stock the iPhone, although it might get the iPhone 5, or 6, in 2013 and not at launch this year. Sprint sells the iPhone and makes up around one-sixth of mobile phone sales in the United States, although we don’t have their quarterly financial results at the time of writing.
It is pretty amazing how much of the mobile market the iPhone owns, and there is no other phone that comes anywhere near the number of sales Apple attracts. This trend is expected to continue with the iPhone 5, although there will be more competition with some amazing phones Samsung are launching. It is Samsung’s aim to beat Apple with a massive range of phones, rather than the limited options Apple provides with an iPhone, although with that said you still have to admire how Apple rules the market with one phone.
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