But Apple fanboys need to wake up and smell the coffee. Whatever else you want to say about the competition, the iPhone, as good as it is, is not leader of the pack, according to the Australian.
Windows Phone 7 based smart phones have sold 1.5 million units in the first 6 weeks. At that rate it will surpass Apple in terms of smartphone sales in a year or two.
Sales of Android-powered smartphones meanwhile soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 per cent market share, up from just 3.5 per cent a year ago, Gartner said.
Apple's iPhone came in third on Gartner's list, with sales of 13.5 million units for a 16.7 per cent market share, down from 17.1 per cent a year ago.
Canada's Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, was in fourth position with sales of 11.9 million units. Its market share dropped to 14.8 per cent from 20.7 per cent a year ago.
Microsoft's Windows Mobile saw sales of 2.2 million units, giving it a 2.8 per cent market share, down from 7.9 per cent a year ago, Gartner said.
Now, Apple is still selling lots of phones and there's actually no problem here - everyone has healthy sales. This isn't a good/bad dichotomy or winner takes all. Actually, I think iOS, Android and WP7 are all excellent platforms. But I predict in a few years platform market share will be 1. Android, 2. Windows and 3. Apple. Of course in regard to hardware it could be reversed, but in regard to platform iOS is no longer the clear leader, either in features or innovation. It's one of a number of very good mobile OSes on expensive (albeit probably the highest quality of the bunch) hardware. But the Apple way has always been lower volumes and high margins.
Love my iPhone. Not going any where. Just saying.