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According to IDC, Samsung surpasses Apple as the leading phonemaker as iPhone shipments decline.

ByYasmeeta Oon

May 1, 2024
According to IDC, Samsung surpasses Apple as the leading phonemaker as iPhone shipments decline.

According to IDC, Samsung surpasses Apple as the leading phonemaker as iPhone shipments decline.

In a recent report by research firm IDC, it has been revealed that Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) experienced a notable decline in smartphone shipments, marking a downturn of approximately 10% in the first quarter of 2024. This decline has been attributed to heightened competition from Android smartphone manufacturers who are vigorously vying for dominance in the market. The data, released on Sunday, underscores the shifting dynamics within the global smartphone industry, with implications for key players like Apple and Samsung.

Market Statistics:
  • Global smartphone shipments witnessed a modest increase of 7.8% during the January-March period, totaling 289.4 million units.
  • Samsung (005930.KS) emerged as the top phonemaker, securing a market share of 20.8%, surpassing Apple for the first time in recent quarters.
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Apple’s decline in smartphone shipments comes on the heels of its robust performance in the previous quarter, during which it briefly claimed the title of the world’s leading phone maker. However, its resurgence was short-lived as competition intensified, particularly from Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. These companies have been aggressively expanding their market presence, leveraging innovative features and competitive pricing strategies to attract consumers.

Samsung’s resurgence to the top spot can be attributed to several factors, including the successful launch of its latest flagship smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S24 series. With over 60 million phones shipped during the period, Samsung demonstrated its enduring appeal among consumers. Notably, sales of the Galaxy S24 smartphones experienced an 8% surge compared to the previous year’s model, according to data provided by Counterpoint.

Despite shipping 50.1 million iPhones in the first quarter, Apple witnessed a decline from the 55.4 million units shipped during the same period last year. This downward trend is particularly pronounced in China, where Apple’s smartphone shipments shrank by 2.1% in the final quarter of 2023. The challenges facing Apple in the Chinese market are multifaceted, including restrictions imposed by both Chinese companies and government agencies on the use of Apple devices. These restrictions mirror similar actions taken by the U.S. government against Chinese apps on security grounds.

As Apple prepares to host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, investors are eagerly anticipating updates on the company’s software developments, particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Despite Apple’s relative silence on AI integration in its devices, there is growing speculation about the company’s future endeavors in this domain. Meanwhile, Apple’s loss of the title of the world’s most valuable company to Microsoft earlier this year underscores the evolving competitive landscape in the tech industry.

The smartphone market continues to be fiercely competitive, with companies like Apple and Samsung navigating challenges while seeking to maintain their market positions. As technological advancements and shifting consumer preferences reshape the industry, strategic innovation and adaptation will be crucial for sustained success. Apple’s upcoming developments at the WWDC and its response to market dynamics will be closely monitored by industry analysts and stakeholders alike.

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Yasmeeta Oon

Just a girl trying to break into the world of journalism, constantly on the hunt for the next big story to share.

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