Apple has been breathing down RIM’s throat for quite a while now. But with the latter not doing enough to hold onto its lead, it was always just a matter of time before Apple leapt past RIM in the global smartphone market.
According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, the Canadian smartphone maker conceded the second spot in the global smartphone market to Apple during the third quarter. During this period Apple and RIM shipped 15.4 million and 12.3 million smartphones, respectively. Nokia once again proved that it still deserves its top billing by shipping 26.5 million units during the same period.
Interestingly enough, while Strategy Analytics’ report only reinforces Apple’s own claim of having overtaken RIM – an assertion RIM quickly rubbished, its shipment estimate is slightly greater than Apple’s.
RIM is now free to bathe in iPhone’s slipstream, until even Android leapfrogs its flagship Blackberry smartphones, or until it stages a remarkable comeback.
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