iPhone Demand Dips as Apple Readies New Model Launch
"High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5, along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward. However, feature phones will continue to see pressure," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.
In the meantime, Apple iPhone sales dipped 12.6 percent from the first quarter of 2012, though overall sales are up 47.4 percent compared to last year. Depending on when exactly the iPhone 5 launches, Gartner says its' very possible Apple will record a weaker-than-usual third quarter.
The smartphone market at large continues to be dominated by Android and, in particularly, Samsung, which has grown its share of the market to 21.6 percent, up from 16.3 percent a year ago. Nokia is in second place with a 19.9 percent share (down from 22.8 percent a year ago), and Apple sits in a distant third with a 6.9 percent share of the smartphone market, up from 4.6 percent in 2011.
Breaking it down by OS, it's basically Android (64.1 percent) and all others. Apple's iOS platform sits in second place, but trails Android by a large margin with an 18.8 percent share of the market.