IDC: the iPhone has 13.5 percent of the global smartphone market

The newest iPhones helped drive third quarter shipments of 48.0 million units, up 22.2 percent from the 39.3 million units last year. Apple is now second among global smartphone makers when it comes to the numbers of units shipped.

The company’s worldwide market share is 13.5 percent for the third quarter of 2015. That compares to 11.8 percent in the year-ago quarter.

With a record-breaking 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units shipped during launch week, the two new models continue to capture upgraders and Android converts alike in many key markets such as China and the U.S., according to the IDC research group

“Older iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus models also sold ‘vigorously’ during the quarter thanks to recent price cuts across all models,” says IDC. “Apple's recently launched upgrade plan should also help drive handset upgrades in developed markets where smartphone saturation continues to increase.”

The research group says that Samsung once again remained the overall leader in the worldwide smartphone market with 84.5 million units shipped, up 6.1 percent from last year. The company’s worldwide market share is 23.8 percent for the third quarter of 2015. That compares to 23.9 percent in the year-ago quarter.