Based on a report by Strategy Analytics, Apple led the mobile phone market in the last quarter of 2012, with an estimated 17.7 million iPhones sold. This landed them with a 34-percent market share for the quarter and made for the company’s first time ever position as top mobile phone developer.
These numbers look great next to Apple’s 12.8 million phones shipped in the last quarter a year prior. It also represents an increase of 29-percent from their sales in 2011. The iPhone 5 release and sales of discounted, older generation iPhones contributed to Apple’s 2012 Q4 growth.
However, despite their dominant market position, Apple’s growth was considerably slower than all previous years that the iPhone has been shipping. We’ll say Samsung’s Galaxy line, Nokia and Windows phones can attest to that.