Although overall Canaccord Genuity lowered its smartphone forecasts for the year, the steady popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus should help Apple earn more money than previously anticipated in both 2015 and 2016.
Exactly how badly were last year’s “iPhablets” hurt by recent glamorous launches of Google-powered contenders like the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and LG G4? Not at all, at least stateside, according to financial analysis firm Canaccord.
Apparently, the iOS-based 4.7 and 5.5 inchers led the sales ranks at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, despite their somewhat advanced age, between April and June. That’s number one for each Tier-1 US operator, mind you, not just the leader in combined shipments.
Perhaps more distressing for Android device manufacturers, it seems a “larger mix” of their traditional customers are leaving the boat for Cupertino’s bigger yacht compared to the iPhone 5 rate of platform conversion.
Buoyed by a surprisingly constant flow of user appreciation, which other market researchers also noticed, as well as imminent iterative upgrades, iPhones will purportedly keep posting “high-end smartphone market share gains.”
Ultimately, they’re tipped to score over 50 million unit sales worldwide in Q3 2015, 235 mil for the whole year and roughly 233M in calendar 2016. Those projections are considerably up across the board from previous figures estimated by Canaccord Genuity, which circled 47, 226 and 227M respectively.
The best news of all for Tim Cook’s outfit is hands down that the upsurge defies general industry trends, as smartphone transactions are now expected to reach 1.39 billion in 2015 instead of 1.45B. The main underperformers? Mid-range 3G Android soldiers in China. It was about time they started losing a bit of steam though, don’t you think?