Apple’s iPhone lineup was the most popular line of smartphones in the world during the final quarter of 2021 according to new numbers shared by Canalys.

According to those numbers, 22% of all smartphone shipments were iPhones in Q4 2021 while 20% were Samsung devices.

Xiaomi was in third with 12% and it’s possible that Apple’s lead could have been more comprehensive and it not struggled to build iPhones quickly enough to meet demand.

Apple is back at the top of the smartphone market after three quarters, driven by a stellar performance from the iPhone 13. Apple saw unprecedented iPhone performance in Mainland China, with aggressive pricing for its flagship devices keeping the value proposition strong. Apple’s supply chain is starting to recover, but it was still forced to cut production in Q4 amid shortages of key components and could not make enough iPhones to meet demand. In prioritized markets, it maintained adequate delivery times, but in some markets its customers had to wait to get their hands on the latest iPhones.

Apple is traditionally at the top of the pile during the Christmas period but there is no denying the 1 percentage point fall compared with the same period in 2020. That could be nothing more than a rounding error however, with Samsung’s 3 percentage point increase  Xiaomi’s 12% was rock solid from last year, too.

Apple is set to bolster its lineup with a new iPhone SE with 5G capabilities if rumors are to be believed. The new budget iPhone is expected to be announced within the next few months with new iPhone 14 devices coming in or around September.

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