Analyst: Apple’s iPhone 5S Dominates U.S. Smartphone Sales
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have secured two of the top three rankings at all four major U.S. carriers for the past three months, according to market data obtained by Apple Insider from Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The four carriers are AT&T (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS).
Although Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S4 took the second or third ranking at some carriers, the data showed that Apple’s iPhone 5S held the top spot at all four carriers in September, October, and November. Samsung was also the second most popular smartphone brand overall, after Apple, during the same three months.
In a note to investors obtained by Apple Insider, Walkley credited the “strong” sales of the iPhone 5S and the “steady” sales of the iPhone 5C as the primary reasons for Apple’s smartphone market dominance. Before Apple released its latest iPhone models in September, HTC, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Samsung, and Sony (NYSE:SNE) all had at least one device that was ranked in the top three at one or more of the major carriers. However, Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C soon displaced all competitors from the top three except for Samsung.
Apple Insider reports that Walkley also noted Apple’s new iPhone models are major worldwide sellers. Apple’s flagship smartphone was “by far the top selling smartphone … at most channels where the smartphone launched globally,” wrote Walkley.