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Apple Is No. 1 Smartphone Vendor

Apple is now the world's No. 1 smartphone vendor, beating out both Nokia and Samsung, according to new findings from research firm Strategy Analytics. "Meanwhile, in a separate report, IDC noted that Apple's share of the overall handset market more than doubled in the second quarter rising to 5.6 percent from 2.6 percent a year earlier," notes All Things Digital. "That makes it the world's fourth largest manufacturer of all mobile phones after Nokia, Samsung and LG."

And, as if that wasn't enough, Apple's $76 billion cash war chest is now greater than the U.S. government's current operating balance of $74 billion, the Financial Post reports. "This past quarter has been very good to Apple," writes VentureBeat. "That much is clear." "In four short years Apple has become the smartphone maker to beat," marvels PCWorld.

"Apple stunned Wall Street when it released its quarterly results last week," recalled AppleInsider. "The company revealed that it had sold 20.34 million iPhones and 9.25 million iPads in the June quarter." Meanwhile, global smartphone shipments grew 76% over last year to reach 110 million units in the last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Also of note, The Financial Post pointed out that Apple's cash reserves and the government's number are not directly comparable. The U.S government's operating balance symbolizes how much room it has left before hitting an arbitrary debt ceiling.

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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, July 29, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.

    Yes, but the number-one operating system is owned by Google. Is the device more important than the operating system? Ask Microsoft.

  2. Christopher Clark from Acme, July 29, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.

    How is this even news? Apple sues the pants off anyone who tries to be more innovative than they think they are. Plus Apple only sells it's own phone and OS, vs. Android which is sold on many phones by many carriers. The Android OS has the lions share of the smart phone market, not iOS.

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