Apple Just Became The Top Smartphone Manufacturer In The World

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Apple-vs-Samsung

A tiny note from today’s Apple earnings: 37 million iPhones were sold in Q1 of 2012, meaning that Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in the world. The number one spot has previously been held by Samsung. There seemed to be no way that Apple could take the crown so soon.

Samsung said that it shipped (not sold) 35 million smartphones in the last quarter (analyst estimates were a more conservative 32 million), and Apple just sold 37 million iPhones. Way to go, Apple.

The iPhone 4S is available in 90 counties, making it Apple’s fastest iPhone rollout ever. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer attributed much of the company’s success to the 4S and iPad during today’s earnings call. CEO Tim Cook also noted that Apple made a “good decision to go with a broad range of iPhones,” referencing the continued success of the 3GS and iPhone 4.

More information on today’s earnings can be found here.