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The iPhone just had a huge quarter

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN - 2020/10/31: In this photo illustration a woman holds the new iPhone 12 in her hand. (Photo Illustration by Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Surging iPhone sales in the final three months of 2020 pushed Apple ahead of Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker, according to new research.

London (CNN Business)Surging iPhone sales in the final three months of 2020 pushed Apple ahead of Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker, according to new research.

The launch of the 5G iPhone 12 series propelled Apple to the number one position in the fourth quarter, Gartner said in a statement on Monday.

The last time Apple was the top smartphone vendor was in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner's data, which tracks sales to consumers.

Apple (AAPL), which launched its 5G lineup in mid October, sold nearly 80 million smartphones in the final three months of 2020, a 15% increase on the same period the previous year.

By that measure, Apple has outperformed Samsung on fourth-quarter sales since 2017.

Global sales of smartphones slipped 5. 4% in the fourth quarter, according to Gartner, amid rising unemployment and weaker consumer spending because of the pandemic.

The company retained its position as the biggest global smartphone maker for the full year despite a 15% decline in sales and competition from Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo, Gartner said.

Huawei, which eclipsed Samsung in the second quarter of 2020, went on to suffer the largest decline among the top five smartphone vendors, causing it to lose its number two position to Apple for the full year.

The brand ranked fourth globally in the final three months of the year, Gartner said.

Gartner sees global smartphone sales recovering this year.

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