Apple’s iPhone Blows Past RIM: Is Nokia Next?

Considering the fact that it seems you cant go anywhere these days without seeing an iPhone, its almost surprising that it took this long for Apple to overtake Research In Motion for second place in global smartphone sales (of course, the iPhone only crashed onto the scene three years ago, but doesnt it seem like its been around for many years?). Thats exactly what happened in the third quarter of 2010, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Apple reportedly shipped 15.4 million iPhones in Q3, compared to RIMs 12.3 million BlackBerrys. Nokia is still far and away the worlds leader, at 26.5 million; however, the company is going through its own struggles and has been seeing its market share slip, down from about 38 percent to just more than 34 percent. Nokia still benefits from a stronger presence than the other companies in Europe and Asia, but chinks in the armor are starting to show up.

Overall, the smartphone explosion continued in the third quarter of 2010, with 78 percent growth worldwide. Apple has seen its share rise from 17 to 18.3 percent in the past year, while RIMs has dropped by more than three percentage points, Strategy Analytics says.

Tech site GigaOm reports that Canacord Genuity analysts believe Apples lead over RIM is now likely insurmountable.”

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