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iPhone 5 is UK's most popular smartphone and Apple is raking in $1b/year from app sales

Karen Haslam | June 5, 2013
iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are more popular than Samsung in the UK. Plus: Apple has 500m registered users, makes $1b/year from App Store

You may have read reports claiming that Samsung is taking over in the smartphone wars, but according to a new report, the iPhone 5 is still Britain's most popular smartphone.

And that's not even all iPhones combined, according to the research from uSwitch, the iPhone 5 is in first place, followed by iPhone 4S in second position.

While the rest of the chart is dominated by Samsung, which has five handsets in the top ten, it's significant that the iPhone 5 is still the best seller.

It's also the third month in a row that this has been the case. As uSwitch puts it: "Despite high rankings from pre-orders, Samsung's Galaxy S4 fails to improve ranking since April launch."

In a press release announcing the figures, uSwitch's Ernest Doku said: "While the Galaxy S4 has been an unmitigated success on a global scale, price drops and special offers barely a month after launch show that the heavily-hyped device has needed a bit more oomph to make waves in the UK market."

The top handsets for May 2013 were:

  • Apple iPhone 5 (16GB) - iOS
  • Apple iPhone 4S (16GB) - iOS
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (16GB) - Android
  • Apple iPhone 4 8GB - iOS (up two places)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (16GB) - Android
  • HTC One Silver - Android
  • Sony XPERIA Z - Android
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace - Android
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Android
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 - Android

This data backs up a report that suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was not hurting iPhone sales in the US.

Analyst firm Detwiler Fenton claims that iPhone sales in North America "remain resilient" and predicts that Apple will sell thirty million iPhones during the quarter that ends in June, writes Barrons.

It should be noted that even if Samsung does sell more phones than Apple, Samsung phones are cheaper, so it doesn't necessarily follow that the company will make more profits.

500 million registered users
Another area where Apple is winning is the number of user accounts it has. According to Morgan Stanley data, Apple has an account base of 500 million users registered (along with their credit card details).

The number of registered users grew by 55% in 2012, according to Morgan Stanley's data.

Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty expects that the number of user accounts will hit 600 million this year.

Facebook is the only other company to have more user accounts, as of 2012, it had 1,056 million user accounts.

 

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