As the title of George Harrison's solo debut said "All Things Must Pass". So it seems, must the reign of Apple as the top mobile phone manufacturer in the world.
For the first time in… forever… Samsung knocked Apple out of the top slot for the third quarter of 2012.
In that period of time Samsung sold 18,200,000 million Galaxy S3 handsets. That's right eighteen million two hundred thousand. In the same time span, Apple sold 16.2 million iPhones.
Now don't get me wrong, 16.2 million is nothing to sneeze at. It's just that Samsung sold more… a bunch more.
Of course this crazy race is pretty much always neck & neck. The release of the iPhone 5 means that in Q4 of 2012, Apple will probably regain its lead. However, there hasn't been a change of the lead spot in a very long time so this begs the question "is the iPhone market weakening?"
Could it be that the closed Apple system which originally caused Apple to be second place to Microsoft for all those personal computer years is once again rearing its ugly head? For years now, that closed ecosystem has kept Apple in the lead with great hardware & great apps. However, it seems that Google's Android with its plethora of handset manufacturers is making serious inroads.
All I can tell you is it's going to be one heck of a ride in 2013!