iPhone No Longer Most Popular Model ... for Now

Samsung Galaxy S III takes the lead from iPhone 4S

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2012 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Who says Samsung's Galaxy isn't as cool as the iPhone? Only one model can occupy the No. 1 sales slot, and in Q3 the honor went to Apple's main competitor—though the title is probably a temporary one, reports Mashable. Samsung shipped 18 million Galaxy S III phones in the quarter, compared to 16.2 million units of the iPhone 4S. But the iPhone 5 went on sale on Sept. 21, just days before the quarter's close, likely prodding iPhone buyers to hold off on the iPhone 4S (19.4 million of which were sold in Q2) in favor of purchasing an iPhone 5 (6 million of which sold by Sept. 30). And this wasn't the only sour news surrounding Apple today...

The Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Apple Inc. on Monday submitted a list of eight Samsung Electronics Co. products it wants pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market. Apple...
The Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Apple Inc. on Monday submitted a list of eight Samsung Electronics Co. products...   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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