Aside from supplying news outlets around the world with juicy rumors on all things tech, DigiTimes also has its own team of analysts that provide forecasts on which mobile platform will dominate and which will falter. What does DigiTimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin have to say about the impact of Apple iPhone 5, which will go for sale in September, to the smartphone market in the second half of 2012?
According to Lin, the competition will still be dominated by Android-based devices for the rest of the year. While Android has already secured 60% of the global smartphone market in the first half of 2012, the analytics firm said the lead will extend to 70%, thanks to the strong presence of second-tier phone makers in China, as well as the push by major manufacturers to release their devices in Q3.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhones shipments are expected to reach 125 million units by year’s end, up almost 50% from the 93 million units of iPhones that were shipped last year. Impressive as the final tally sounds, the year-on-year growth rate is lower than the numbers recorded in the last two years.
Windows Phones should fare better this year, as shipments for Microsoft and Nokia’s mobile venture are expected to reach 21 million units in 2012 — more than double of that in 2011. The numbers for Blackberry and Symbian devices, as expected, aren’t encouraging. Device shipments for both platforms this year are expected to tumble 40% and 60%, respectively.