Apple’s iPhone has been named as the “best-selling tech product of 2017” by analyst Daniel Ives of GBH Insights.
The smartphone was able to pull off the same rank back in 2016, with Ives claiming that Apple will sell a massive 223 million iPhones during 2017 – an increase on the 211 million sold during 2016.
While the iPhone ranked in the number one spot, there was good news for Samsung, Amazon, and Nintendo, too. The top spots saw the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Amazon Echo Dot, Apple Watch, and Nintendo Switch all follow the iPhone in sales. The ranking did group all iPhones together, though, explaining why the second placed Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 saw 33 million units sold combined, which, comparatively, looks poor beside the iPhone’s huge numbers.
But all in all, Apple sold more iPhones total, although less than the peak year of 2015 [sic], when it moved 230 million units. (That was the year of the iPhone 6, a redesign that brought a bigger iPhone to consumers for the first time and enthralled the public.)
Ives thinks Apple will have an even bigger 2018, with a spring update to its compact SE iPhone and more new phones in the fall. Out of the billion-plus consumer base of the iPhone, “350 million of them will upgrade next year,” says Ives.
Earlier this week, we saw figures shared by mobile analytics firm Flurry, which have the iPhone as the most popular item gifted during the holiday period. Flurry used stats collated during device activations between December 19th, 2016 and December 25th, 2017 to reach this conclusion with 44% of all new device activations being for hardware with an Apple logo around the back. If the numbers are accurate, then Apple had quite the holiday season.
(Via: USA Today)
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