Both iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are expected to contribute towards a 50% increase in quarterly global smartphones for Q1 2020. According to a report, a total of 340 million unit shipments might be recorded in this quarter.
It is expected that Apple will ship more than 60 million iPhones in the first quarter of this year. This would make Apple the top smartphone seller for this quarter and the last quarter of 2020. Total shipments for the two quarters are expected to be over 150 million iPhones. That is up 38% year-on-year for Apple.
iPhone 12 Pro models to increase Apple’s YoY growth in quarterly smartphone shipments by 50%
The report comes from DigiTimes:
Apple’s iPhone shipments are expected to total over 60 million units in first-quarter 2021, having seen such shipments reach over 90 million units a quarter earlier, Digitimes Research estimates. Apple is likely to be the top vendor for a six-month period that ends March 31, 2021, with total shipments of over 150 million units, up 38% from the same period of a year earlier.
Samsung Electronics will rank second and see its shipments decline slightly in the six months, or roughly 60-65 million units each for fourth-quarter 2020 and first-quarter 2021. Xiaomi will be in third place with its shipments totaling 90 million units in the six months, representing an increase of over 80% from a year earlier. Huawei will ship less than 20 million smartphones to be in sixth place in the first quarter of 2021.
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said that the firm had “increased confidence” that Apple’s 5G-based product cycle would extend well into 2022, while JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee recently claimed that iPhone 12 quarterly shipments continue to enjoy a year-on-year 13% increase. Amongst all this, Samsung will likely see its ranking come down to second place, with its shipments expected to see a slight decline in the next six months.
Apple launched its iPhone 12 lineup in late 2020, so part of the 2021 increase is down to the availability of these smartphones. DigiTimes notes that the rise in shipments could be credited to Chinese manufacturers to capture market share previously owned by Huawei.
Global shipments of 5G-based smartphones are expected to reach over 600 million units in 2021, compared to 280 million units shipped last year. Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were the top-three 5G phone vendors in 2020, accounting for over 70% of global 5G phone shipments.