Apple becomes world's biggest smartphone seller with record shipments

Apple becomes world’s biggest smartphone seller with record shipments

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Apple accounted for nearly a quarter of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, making it the world’s largest seller, while Huawei’s shipments plummeted due to the sanctions imposed on it by the United States.

Data from research firm IDC shows that Apple’s shipments soared 22% this quarter to a record 90.1 million mobile phones, giving it a global market share of 23.4%.

The American technology giant announced a record sales record for the holiday quarter on Wednesday, with revenue exceeding $100 billion for the first time.

Apple released the iPhone 12 series, which is its first 5G-enabled devices, a few weeks later than usual, but more models and new appearances have attracted the need for upgrades, especially in China.

Sales in Greater China, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, surged 57% over the quarter.

“We had two of the top three selling smartphones in urban China,” CEO Tim Cook told Reuters in an interview, adding that “upgraders in particular set an all-time record in China.”

Apple took the top spot from Samsung Electronics which shipped 73.9 million devices over the quarter, a year-on-year increase of 6.2%.

Huawei shipments tumbled 42.4% in the quarter to 32.3 million, IDC said.

The Chinese tech powerhouse has been battered after the previous U.S. administration blacklisted it on national security grounds, preventing overseas companies from supplying it with key parts including semiconductors.

Two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Huawei is currently in initial negotiations on the sale of its high-end smartphone brands P and Mate. This move may make the company eventually withdraw from the high-end smartphone manufacturing business.

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