The iPhone 5 has become Apple’s fastest-selling iPhone yet, with 5 million units sold during its first three days of availability. More than two months after its debut, the handset is still facing a one-week shipping delay via the Apple online store. In fact, the device is selling so well that it just helped iOS overtake Android’s market share in the United States.
Reuters cites a report from research firm Kantar WorldPanel, which announced on Tuesday that Apple’s iOS market share in the U.S. in the 12 weeks up to October 31 more than doubled from a year ago to 48.1%. That puts it close to the 49.3% peak it reached during early 2012.
In comparison, Android’s market share dropped to 46.7% from 63.3% during the same period. Although it continues to dominate in key European markets — such as Spain where it commands an 82% market share — Google’s platform just lost its crown to iOS in the U.S.
Android’s combined share of the top five European markets rose to 64%, up from 51% a year earlier. iOS still have a lot of catching up to do across the Atlantic, however; its own share rose just one point to 21%.