Apple: "The iPhone Still Sells Better Internationally"

Apple has never been a company that felt obligated to provide responses to each and every press inquiry concerning Apple-related news. So it’s interesting to see that it gave the Loop’s Jim Dalrymple a statement concerning yesterday’s study that showed Android phones outselling iPhones in terms of units in the U.S.:

This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison, told The Loop. “IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”


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  1. Tom B May 11, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    It seems like a rather defensive response, but, like I said in a previous post, when you have hacks, like NPD, apparently, putting together the data, it can lead to dubious results. Self-reporting surveys tend to be wildly inaccurate.

    As I have also said before, there is nothing about Android that will be appealing outside the US– ATT is a US-only company, so the iPhone/ATT relationship is not a factor in China, or Germany, or the UK, or elsewhere.

  2. Thao May 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    They asked. What is Apple supposed to say?

  3. morphoyle May 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    “…we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

    Wow, this could go right up there with “What could possibly go wrong?” or when General Custer said “What Indians?”

    Steve Jobs should know better than anyone not to tempt Murphy’s law.

  4. ediedi May 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    In Europe, Android phones are not well-known. That’s the main reason iPhones still rule Europe: lack of information (and also less available Android models). But it will get here.

  5. Tom Ross May 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    ediedi: iPhone rules Europe because it’s on more carriers there. I don’t know of any network in the world where Android has outsold iPhone.