SunstarTV Bureau: Apple has beaten Samsung for the first time in four years to emerge as the top smart phone vendor. The information comes from a new report by Gartner, which says that the Cupertino tech giant sold more smart phones than Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2020. Apple is selling more iPhones and generating higher profits, which is bad news for the South Korean major Samsung.
iPhone sales hit 79.9 million versus Samsung’s 62.1 million in the final three months of 2020. Apple had a 20.8 per cent market share during the fourth quarter, while Samsung had a 16.2 per cent share. Although Samsung was the number one smart phone vendor as of the whole of 2020, its sales fell by a 14.6 per cent. In comparison, Apple saw a year-on-year growth of 14.9 per cent.
Apple overall fared well compared with its competition in the competitive smart phone market. Smartphone sales in the fourth quarter actually declined to 5.4 per cent, according to the market research agency.