Apple regained the top place in the global smartphone market with a 22 per cent market share in the fourth quarter (Q4)2021, attributed to strong demand for iPhone 13, a new report showed on Tuesday.
Samsung took second place, down from the top spot in Q3 2021, with a market share of 20 per cent.
Xiaomi maintained its third-place position with a 12 per cent share.
OPPO and Vivo completed the top five with 9 per cent and 8 per cent shares respectively, according to preliminary data provided by global market research firm Canalys.
“Apple is back at the top of the smartphone market after three quarters, driven by a stellar performance from the iPhone 13,” said Canalys Analyst Sanyam Chaurasia.
“Apple’s supply chain is starting to recover, but it was still forced to cut production in Q4 amid shortages of key components and could not make enough iPhones to meet demand.”
The report notes that supply chain issues hampered market growth, so the quarterly shipments for Q4 2021 were just 1 per cent higher than the same period in 2020. Component shortages will only start to ease off in the second part of this year, predict the analysts.