Samsung was screwed by the Galaxy
Be aware 7 recall.
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stellar quarter for iPhone gross sales didn’t simply put extra money
within the financial institution; it additionally helped the Cupertino firm overtake
Samsung to develop into the world’s prime smartphone vendor.

In accordance with the
newest knowledge from Technique Analytics, Apple shipped 78.three million
handsets in This autumn 2016 — round 800,000 greater than Samsung.
Nevertheless, the iPhone wouldn’t have stood an opportunity if it wasn’t
for the Galaxy Be aware 7 recall.

Apple’s 5 % improve in shipments year-over-year helped
it safe
a 17.eight % share of the worldwide smartphone market final
quarter. This narrowly beat Samsung’s share of 17.7 %
from 77.5 million items bought.

A lot of
this may be contributed to a file variety of individuals switching
to iPhone from Android gadgets, and spectacular development in
rising markets like China. “The extent of curiosity
continues to be phenomenal,” stated Luca Maestri throughout Apple’s
earnings name on Tuesday.

Tim Prepare dinner is
assured there’s nonetheless loads of room for the iPhone to
develop. “I believe the smartphone continues to be within the early
innings of the sport,” he stated. “App builders are nonetheless
inventing and there are some thrilling issues within the pipeline
that I really feel actually good about.”

yr’s iPhone eight refresh is predicted to be enormous for Apple. With
a brand new design and new options to have fun the handset’s tenth
anniversary, the brand new mannequin is prone to break iPhone gross sales
data yet again.

It was a
considerably hole victory for Apple final quarter, nonetheless.
Samsung was pressured to recall 2.5 million Galaxy Be aware 7 items

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and stop manufacturing simply months after it made its debut
on account of battery
faults that would trigger the handset to overheat and

Had the
firm prevented that, its shipments would have climbed to 80
million, simply beating Apple’s.