IDC: iPhone is No. 3 worldwide
Apple’s mobile phone shipments scarcely doubled in 2011, overtaking LG and ZTE
On a strength of sales of a iPhone 4S final quarter, Apple (AAPL) jumped dual spots in IDC’s ranking of a world’s 5 largest manufacturers of mobile phones — intelligent or otherwise.
In a press release released Wednesday, IDC reported that debility in a direct for supposed underline phones dragged down marketplace expansion in a Christmas entertain — customarily a biggest — to a small 6.1% year over year, a lowest indicate in some-more than dual years.
By contrast, smartphone sales continued to grow sharply, according to IDC’s Kevin Restivo, who forked to Apple’s newest indication as a pivotal driver. iPhone shipments grew 96.2% in 2011 and 128.4% final quarter.
Although Apple’s 6% share of worldwide shipments in 2011 trailed distant behind Nokia’s (NOK) 27% and Samsung’s 21.3%, a association continues to constraint a disproportional share of a profits. The final time Asymco‘s Horace Dediu surveyed a margin — in Jul 2011, before a recover of a iPhone 4S — Apple had a 5.6% share of units shipped though was sucking adult scarcely two-thirds of a world’s mobile phone profits. See here.