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Apple’s iPhone Penetration Surges in America, Barely Trails Android

The penetration rate of iPhone owners in the United States has ballooned, thanks no doubt to Apple’s iPhone 4S.

The Pew Research Center found that 19 percent of cell-phone users own an iPhone, nearly double the percentage (10 percent) in May 2011.

The iPhone 4S, which was released in October 2011, was certainly a factor in the significant increase in Apple’s market share considering that the consumer electronics giant sold 37.04 million iPhones worldwide in the 14 weeks ending Dec. 31. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless all have been selling the venerated device.

Apple is now barely trailing Android, its biggest rival mobile operating system, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The percentage of cell-phone owners who use an Android phone is 20 percent, up from 15 percent in May 2011.

Research in Motion, the struggling BlackBerry maker, continues to see its U.S. market share decline. Six percent of cell-phone users now own a BlackBerry, down from 10 percent in May 2011, the Pew Research Center said.

Only 1 percent of cell-phone users own a phone with Palm’s operating system while a modest 2 percent use a device that incorporates Microsoft’s Windows platform. Both of those figures are unchanged from May 2011.


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