What with Forbes speculating that Apple leaked “iWatch” plans out of desperation and the recent counterintuitive drop in share price after the company’s last stellar earnings report, one would think that Apple’s on the verge of going out of business. Strategy Analytics has new data out countering that notion, showing that the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are the top-selling smartphones worldwide.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple shipped 27.4 million iPhone 5 handsets and 17.4 million units of the iPhone 4S worldwide. The next most popular single model of smartphone? Samsung’s Galaxy S3, with 15.4 million units sold in the fourth quarter. That’s right — the 2011 iPhone 4S alone sold two million units more than the the Galaxy S3, and had an 8 percent share of the smartphone market.
Add sales of the iPhone 5, and Apple’s two most recent models accounted for 21 percent of all smartphone sales worldwide. That doesn’t even count the iPhone 4, which Apple is offering for free with new service contracts.
It’s expected that Samsung will fire back with the rumored Galaxy S4 in the next couple of months to try to counteract the Apple juggernaut. By that point, it’s almost certain that we’ll start hearing about the iPhone 5S or 6…