The IDC figures show that in 2010 Apple shipped 8.7 million iPhones, a number which has increased by 115% to 18.7 million units for the first quarter of this year.
Apple’s mobile phone market share has also nearly doubled from 2.8% to 5%. The Cupertino company is now the fourth biggest vendor in the world, with shipments buoyed considerably by strong sales on Verizon in the US and other operator deals.
Nokia remained at the top, having shipped 108.5 million units in Q1 of this year, although that was almost identical to last year’s figure of 107.8 million. The company’s market share slipped from 34.7% to 29.2%, a slump the Finnish firm is hoping getting into bed with Microsoft will reverse. We’re not so sure.
Samsung was in the number two spot, its shipment numbers up from 64.3 million to 70 million, although its market share was down from 20.7% to 18.8%.
Overall, the global mobile market grew by a fifth year-on-year, with shipments rising from 310 million to 371 million in total.