– Apple (NASD: AAPL) shipped 8.8 million iPhones during the third quarter, an increase of
131% from the 3.8 million it shipped during the same period a year ago,
according to a report from market research firm IDC.
In terms of global
smartphone vendors, Apple now sits behind Nokia (NYSE: NOK) (39.3%) and Research in Motion (NASD: RIMM)
(19.3%) with 16.1% of market share — up from the 10.9% of market share it held
in the first quarter of 2009.
BusinessWeek notes that Apple drew market share
from Research in Motion, which slid to 19.3% from 20.9% market share a year
Overall, 54.7 million smartphones were shipped during the first quarter,
an increase of 56.7% from the 34.9 million shipped a year ago.