July 3, 2013
If Samsung’s goal was to take down the iPhone with the Galaxy S IV smartphone, then they have failed. Despite being the fastest selling smartphone in Samsung history, the Galaxy IV is no iPhone killer. In fact, it isn’t even close. According to Korea’s Yonhap News, Samsung shipped 20 million Galaxy S IV units through the end of June. As a comparison, Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units during the device’s first weekend. During the most recent quarter, Apple sold a total of 37.4 million iPhones, and 47.8 million during the most recent holiday quarter. The Samsung Galaxy S IV went on sale April 26. Apple doesn’t actually break down iPhone sales by model, so there is no way to actually compare the iPhone 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S IV. However, Samsung doesn’t even release handset shipment data, at least on a quarterly basis, so that is important to keep in mind. In May, the company did announce that they had sold 10 million Galaxy S IV units in the first 28 days of release. Even with these reporting differences, it is clear that the iPhone remains the best selling smartphone around the world. With the “iPhone 5S” and a budget iPhone expected to arrive sometime after August, that probably won’t be changing anytime soon. Apple will announce its third quarter financials on Tuesday, July 23. See also: US iPhone Sales 'Resilient' Following Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch, Apple Bests South Korea's Samsung In New Customer Satisfaction Survey, and Opinion: Apple Has Nothing To Fear From The Samsung Galaxy S IV.