According to new research released by IDC, the iPhone outpaced overall smartphone market growth in both the fourth quarter and on a yearly basis in 2009. The report states that Apple’s market share grew from 11.2% in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 16% in Q4 2009, placing the company behind rivals Research in Motion and Nokia, which held market shares of 19.6% and 38.2%, respectively. Fourth quarter iPhone shipments grew 97.7% year-over-year, a much greater increase than overall market shipments, which were up 39% from the prior year. For the whole of 2009, Apple’s iPhone shipments grew 81.9%, again outpacing overall industry unit growth of 15.1%. Apple’s market share for the year grew from 9.1% in 2008 to 14.4% in 2009, again placing the company in third behind RIM and Nokia. [via Mac Rumors]
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.