Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor

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Remember when Nokia was on top of the world?
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July 21 Today in Apple history July 21, 2011: Apple officially passes Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

It’s a major milestone for Apple, which launched its first iPhone just four years earlier. For Nokia, which dominated the cellphone market during the 1990s and early 2000s, it’s the end of an era.

Looking For A Worthy Competitor To Apple? Nokia’s Got The Goods [CES 2012]

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Stephen Elop

LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 — Over the past year, Nokia has been making steady incremental improvements to reshape the company’s image by showing the world that greatness doesn’t come to those who merely copy what the best company is doing. Greatness is achieved by setting yourself apart from the competition by taking a radically different path than everyone else. Apple has known this fact for decades and have used it become the most admired company in the world, and during Nokia’s press conference today it was readily apparent that the only company that should be viewed as a truly worthy adversary to Apple in the mobile market is Nokia.

Nokia CEO Wants His Employees Using iPhones

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Now that ex-Microsoft business veep Stephen Elop has taken over the floundering handset giant Nokia and inked deals with his old employer to use their mobile operating system, you’d think he’d want his employees to start using Windows Phone 7 handsets… preferably Nokia ones.

Not so. He wants them using iPhones.