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Apple’s iPhone Unit Growth Slows but Maintains Lead

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Apple sold 71.1 million iPhones in Q4, but sales fell 7.3%

The smartphone industry has been slowing for several quarters now, and this slowdown impacted Apple’s (AAPL) fiscal 2019 first-quarter 2019 earnings. Apple stopped divulging its iPhone sales numbers during the December quarter. However, according to Canalys, Apple was the top smartphone vendor during that period: Apple sold 71.7 million units, eclipsing Samsung (SSNLF). Apple also temporarily took the lead in the same quarter of 2017.

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Huawei’s shipments could surpass Apple’s

According to Canalys, Samsung’s worldwide shipments fell 5.3% YoY (year-over-year) in the fourth quarter, to 70.3 million. Meanwhile, Apple’s shipments fell 7.3% YoY, and its iPhone revenue declined 15% YoY. Chinese handset maker Huawei continued to defy gravity, with its shipments growing 47.3% YoY to 60.5 million units. Canalys reported that overall smartphone shipments fell 6.3% YoY in the fourth quarter. 

Samsung was last year’s top smartphone seller, shipping 293.7 million units, and Apple placed second with 212.1 million shipments. Huawei, breathing down Apple’s neck, sold 206 million units, according to Canalys.

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