Apple currently dominates the 5G market with both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. Despite some annoying problems with the device.
With the iPhone 12, Apple introduced 5G to their customers for the first time this year. That appears to have been a good move, because the multi-billion company dominates the worldwide sales of 5G smartphones. In fact, the sale of 5G iPhone 12 devices went so fast that Apple sold the most 5G devices in the entire month in the second half of October.
iPhone 12 dominates 5G market
According to research by CounterpointResearch, Apple is a true boss in the field of 5G smartphones. The iPhone 12, which supports 5G by default, became the best-selling smartphone with the cellular technology of that month in October.
That is quite striking, given that the iPhone 12 was only released in mid-August. Still, the device accounted for 16% of all 5G smartphones sold in October. The second place is also for Apple. The iPhone 12 Pro made up 8% of the total.
As the icing on the 5G cake, Apple even managed to get into the top 10 of the whole of that year up to October with the 12 series. In other words, only with the second half of October, the iPhone 12 came in 7th place among the 10 best-selling 5G smartphones as of January.
Incidentally, it is of course not entirely fair of Counterpoint to give the iPhone 12 so much credit. Yes, the device supports 5G. However, it is not yet the case that everyone who bought an iPhone 12 also chose that device because of the new cellular technology. Especially considering Apple’s entry-level model had several serious problems regarding 5G.
Other 5G toppers in October included the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Huawei Nova 7 5G and the Huawei P40 5G. In total, just under a quarter (24%) of the total number of smartphones sold in October was one with 5G support.