IHS Markit: the iPhone 6s topped 2016’s list of top-selling smartphones

In terms of shipments, the iPhone 6s from Apple bested all competitors for sales in 2016, according to new analysis from IHS Markit, a “critical information, analytics and solutions” firm.

If looking at the fourth quarter alone, the new iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-seller, followed by iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the group’s Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models. IHS Markit says Apple again has demonstrated that its new iPhones integrate enough innovations and new features to drive sales and remain successful in the market. 

The company is also capable of selling older devices for an extended period of time. For instance, the year-old iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both among the most-shipped models in 2016.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Sales of these two devices have outperformed their immediate predecessors, S6 and S6 Edge: the combined shipments of S7 and S7 Edge in 2016 were 10 million higher than S6 and S6 Edge over the same period.