According to Gartner’s latest report, Apple surpassed its competitors with iPhone sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 and closed the year 2020 as the largest smartphone manufacturer.
Apple became the world’s largest supplier of smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company had not achieved such a success since 2016. This means that the company surpasses Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi in iPhone sales, which are more expensive than its competitors.
Apple and Xiaomi not affected by drop in sales
According to data from Gartner, in the last quarter of 2020, Apple sold 80 million new iPhones. Analysts believe people are buying iPhones for 5G support and improved camera. Apple, for example, sold 10 million fewer smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company’s market share grew by almost 15% in 2020, and Samsung’s share fell by 11.8% during this period.
Overall, smartphone sales fell by 12.5% in 2020. Apple and Xiaomi, of the top five smartphone manufacturers, are two companies that were not affected by the global drop in sales. It is also worth noting that currently the cheapest 2020 model Apple smartphone is the iPhone SE 2020.