Apple is working its way back to second place in the global smartphone maker rankings according to a report by DigiTimes. The report says Apple might replace Huawei in second spot in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Apple’s return to form appears to have come from the better than expected iPhone 11 sales that we’ve been hearing about in recent days.
The impact of Huawei’s trade ban in the United States might also have negatively impacted the company.
Despite that fact Huawei was reportedly still able to ship around 60 million phones which is the same number that it managed in the previous year, according to data from Gartner. But if the trade ban continues it’s believed that Apple could overtake Huawei with the latter’s shipments falling to around 50 million in the third quarter.
The success of iPhone 11, added to iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, is expected to see Apple’s shipments be higher than expected. In fact, the company is said to have already increased orders from suppliers in order to meet demand. Following a slowing of iPhone sales ahead of the 2019 lineup’s announcement, sales are now expected to increase again.
Ultimately, a combination of improved sales for Apple and slowed sales for Huawei will be enough to see a switch in locations. For how long however, it’s difficult to know.
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