Report: Apple iPhone Shipments Up in 3Q 2013
It's apparently been a good third quarter for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone.
Data compiled by Digitimes, a Taiwan-based tech industry web site, says the company shipped 33.8 million iPhones, including the 5S, 5C and older models, during 3Q 2013. That's up 25.7 percent from the same time period a year earlier.
“Sales of the iPhone 5c have been lagging far behind the iPhone 5s because the 5c has a low price/performance ratio and a vague pricing as compared to the iPhone 5s,” the site noted, “forcing Apple to push sales of older models with reduced prices in emerging markets.”
As a result, according to Digitimes, the average selling price for iPhones dropped in the third quarter to an “historical low” of $577.20 – which in turn is affecting Apple revenue and profitability.
In a different report, the web site also projected international smartphone shipments to reach about 1.24 billion in 2014, or up 30 percent year to year.
That growth is expected to come from new demand in Russia, Latin America, India, Indonesia and other countries.
Digitimes Research says Samsung Electronics “will lead the way in shipments” – followed by Apple, South Korea's LG Electronics, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei Device, Microsoft, ZTE, Coolpad, a subsidiary of China Wireless Technologies and TCL Communication.
Digitimes data also predicts Android and IOS operating systems will be used in about 93 percent of the devices shipped next year.
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