Apple became the largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter
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Apple became the largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2021

iPhone accounted for more than 20% of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a report by research firm Canalys. This made Apple the world’s largest supplier of smartphones in the last three months of last year.

Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

According to experts, Apple accounted for 22% of global smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021. Such volume of sales was due to high demand for the iPhone 13 series models, which were released in September last year. Analysts point out that Apple’s shipments could have been even higher if the company hadn’t cut smartphone production in the fourth quarter due to shortages in key components. In priority markets, Apple has maintained reasonable lead times for new iPhones, but in some regions, Apple customers have had to wait a long time to receive their brand new smartphones.

Image source: Canalys

Image source: Canalys

Apple won the top spot from Samsung, which led the smartphone market in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the South Korean tech giant was not far behind its American competitor. Samsung accounted for 20% of the smartphones shipped. A year earlier, the gap between companies was more significant, reaching 5 percentage points. Notably, Samsung was the only one among the top five smartphone makers to report year-over-year market share gains in the fourth quarter.

Third place went to Xiaomi, which, like last year, shipped 12% of the total smartphones sold. OPPO and Vivo ranked fourth and fifth with 9% and 8% market share, respectively. The share of companies fell by 1 percentage point compared to the previous year.

Total global smartphone shipments grew just 1% year over year. This was due to problems with supply chains, which mainly affected small companies, but not such market giants as Apple or Samsung. Canalys pointed out that it may take several years for component manufacturers to expand their production capacity enough to meet demand. Shortages of some key components are expected to continue into the second half of 2022.

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