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With A Record Market Share, Apple Secures The Top Spot In The 2023 Smartphone Market According To IDC Tracker, Despite A 3.2% Overall Market Decline

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  • IDC Tracker said Despite A 3.2% Overall Market Decline
  • Apple Secures The Top Spot In The 2023 Smartphone Market
  • Shipments in Q4 2023 totalled 326.1 million units, a notable 8.5% increase.

Apple announced that it will be the leading smartphone firm in 2023, a major shift in the market that will see this happen for the first time since 2010 and outside of Samsung. A significant shift in the dynamics of the largest consumer electronics market is shown by Apple’s record market dominance. Notwithstanding obstacles, shipments of smartphones worldwide fell 3.2% in 2023 to 1.17 billion devices, the lowest level in ten years. 

But the second part of the year saw a robust rebound trend that laid the groundwork for the projected growth in 2024. In the fourth quarter of 2023, year-over-year growth was 8.5%, above the predicted growth of 7.3%, with 326.1 million shipments by the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. While we saw some strong growth from low-end Android players like Transsion and Xiaomi in the second half of 2023, stemming from rapid growth in emerging markets, the biggest winner is clearly Apple,” said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Tracker team.

Not only does Apple see a yearly increase, but it also takes the top spot in the rankings for the first time. This accomplishment is significant in light of the increased regulatory obstacles and Huawei’s resurgent rivalry, especially in China, Apple’s largest market. The company’s tenacity and success are due to the rising demand for high-end products, which now account for more than 20% of the market. Interest-free financing options and aggressive trade-in incentives have been major factors in this trend.

The overall shift in ranking at the top of the market further highlights the intensity of competition within the smartphone market,” said Ryan Reith, group vice president of IDC’s Worldwide Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers. Although Samsung’s rating dropped as a result of Apple’s impact, internal diversity is taking place inside the Android ecosystem as a whole. 

In addition, other companies like OnePlus, Honor, and Google are launching very competitive smartphones in the lower end of the high-end market. Huawei has reappeared and is growing rapidly in China. Furthermore, the growing conversation about AI capabilities in mobile devices and the emergence of foldable smartphones are gaining steam. A period of noteworthy and fascinating innovations is about to begin in the smartphone market.

Snapshot Of The Q4 2023 Smartphone Market:

  • Apple: With a notable 11.6% increase from Q4 2022, the company shipped 80.5 million units, accounting for a 24.7% market share.
  • Samsung:  With 53.0 million devices shipped, Samsung secured a 16.3% market share—a 10.9% decrease from Q4 2022.
  • Xiaomi: Delivered 40.7 million units, securing a 12.5% market share and exhibiting a remarkable expansion of 22.7% from Q4 2022.
  • Transition: Shipped 28.2 million units, securing an 8.6% market share and demonstrating an impressive 68.6% rise from Q4 2022.
  • Vivo: With a consistent rise of 5.1% from Q4 2022, it shipped 24.1 million units, capturing a 7.4% market share.
  • Other: With 99.5 million units produced by others, they accounted for 30.5% of the market share, up 3.5% from Q4 2022.

Shipments in Q4 2023 totalled 326.1 million units, a notable 8.5% increase.

Overview of the Whole-Year 2023 Smartphone Market

  • Apple : Saw a positive gain of 3.7% in comparison to 2022, shipping 234.6 million devices and capturing a 20.1% market share.
  • Samsung: Shipped 226.6 million devices, gaining 19.4% of the market despite a 13.6% decrease from 2022.
  • Xiaomi: With 145.9 million units shipped, it held a 12.5% market share, but a 4.7% decrease from 2022.
  • OPPO: Shipped 103.1 million units, down 9.9% from 2022, while still keeping an 8.8% market share.
  • Transsion: 94.9 million units were shipped, accounting for 8.1% of the market and showing a notable 30.8% increase from 2022.

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