iPhone sales grow 133 percent year-over-year in the Middle East and Africa

Apple’s premium iPhone sales grew by MEA (Middle East and Africa) grew 133 percent in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2015, according to a new report by Counterpoint Research — as noted by AppleInsider.

Apple now has 3.9 percent of the region’s smartphone shipments, placing the company among the top five MEA vendors. Ahead of it are Samsung (with 41.1 percent), Huawei (9.3 percent), Tecno (8.2 percent), and TCL-Alcatel (3.9 percent).

Apple's 133 percent annual growth came at the expense of Samsung and Sony, the report noted, with a "focus on premium markets in the region.” Given that less than one third of the smartphones sold in MEA are LTE-capable, that indicates that Apple now sells around ten percent of the premium, LTE smartphones sold in the region, says AppleInsider.