So much for all these reports of iPhone sales plummeting: sales in China of non-Android smartphones—which means mostly Apple’s smartphones —grew 33% last quarter, according to Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers, as noted by FORTUNE.
The analyst drew his estimate from data released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Stifel is a service brokerage and investment banking firm.
“Android smartphones are estimated to have accounted for approximately 81% of total C4Q15 China domestic smartphone shipments, down from 88% in C3Q15 and 82.5% in C4Q14,” Rakers told clients. “This leaves total non-Android (Apple iPhone = majority?) shipments at a record ~24.3 million in C4Q15, an increase from 18. 3 million in C4Q14 and up from 14.5 in the prior quarter—implied non-Android smartphone phone shipments up 33% y/y and 67% sequentially in C4Q15.”