TrendForce estimates Apple will report 19.1 % market share within the quarter, encompbading the busy vacation purchasing season, which might be barely forward of Samsung’s estimated 18.2 % market share. Chinese distributors Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi are anticipated to spherical off the highest 5.
The feat could be spectacular as all the time on condition that Samsung sells over a dozen completely different smartphone fashions, together with some as low cost as $200, whereas Apple primarily caters to the high-end market past the iPhone SE for $349.
Samsung is anticipated to barely cut back the manufacturing of its high-end fashions within the fourth quarter because the model is seeing the gross sales of its smartphones being squeezed by the sturdy demand for Apple’s newest iPhone units. TrendForce estimates that Samsung’s fourth-quarter whole quantity will come to 77 million models, a 5% drop from the third quarter.
The fourth quarter has all the time been the strongest for Apple, given it launches new units within the fall, permitting it to surpbad Samsung within the year-ago quarter as properly. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have been launched again in April, so gross sales momentum is probably going starting to say no for these units.
Meanwhile, market badysis agency Cbadys estimates the iPhone eight Plus outpaced the iPhone eight final quarter with shipments of 6.three million models and 5.four million models respectively. Cbadys mentioned the iPhone eight Plus is the primary Plus-sized iPhone to out-ship its smaller four.7-inch sibling in a single quarter.
Apple does not disclose iPhone gross sales on a model-by-model foundation, however chief Tim Cook mentioned the iPhone eight Plus has “gotten off to the fastest start of any Plus model,” which got here as “a bit of a surprise” to the corporate.
As far as iPhone X gross sales are involved, Apple’s steering of $84-$87 billion income for the vacation quarter means that demand for the system can be important. Apple ought to simply beat its all-time report for income in a single quarter of $78.four billion, achieved within the fourth quarter of 2016.