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U.S. smartphone subscriber share by operating platform 2012-2020, by month

Apple iOS continues to hold down the largest share of the smartphone operating systems’ market in the United States, claiming more than half of the market in May 2020. Apple’s share of smartphone users has risen around 20 percent since early 2012. Their sustained growth in the United States is not reflected in all markets, market share of iOS smartphone shipments drop to around 10 percent.

Apple growing at home

Under CEO Tim Cook, Apple has continued to follow a stunning growth trajectory. Apple became the first U.S. company with a market capitalization in excess of two trillion dollars, just two years on from becoming the first trillion-dollar company. The iPhone, responsible for much of the company’s growth, has cemented its status as the smartphone of choice for many Americans during recent quarters. Apple smartphones achieved a 49 percent share of the market in Q4 2019, up ten percent from the start of the year.

Apple’s popularity across markets

Apple have achieved similar success with the iPhone in markets across the globe. iPhones accounted for four of the five most-sold handsets in the United Kingdom during April 2020, three of the leading fivein Germany. The high price of Apple devices puts Apple at a disadvantage outside of wealthier markets. In East Africa, for example, rival manufacturer Samsung still maintains a 13 percent share of the market, while Apple is nowhere to be seen. Across smartphone price ranges, 96 percent of smartphones shipped across Africa sell for less than $400, meaning companies with lower-priced models have more opportunities in Africa.

Subscriber share held by smartphone operating systems in the United States from 2012 to 2020

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2020

Age group

13 years and older

Special properties

Smartphone subscribers

Supplementary notes

The figure for each month is calculated from the average over the three month period prior to the respective month.

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