Bring ‘em on!
That was the strong message Apple sent to the Samsungs, Sonys, Motorolas, HTCs and other Android vendors nipping at its heels.
Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter ending June 29 proving that the pricey smartphones can still weather the attack from the dozens of Android devices flooding the market.
iPhone unit sales were 5.1 million units ahead of analysts estimates of 26.1 million units for the quarter.
Average selling price of the iPhones were 4% (about $27) less year-over-year.
Apple sold a significant number of lower-priced iPhone 4 and 4S in the quarter, leading to lower average selling price.
In the same quarter a year ago, Apple sold 26 million iPhones.
Total iPhone sales since launch in 2007 were 387.57 million units at the end of June.
If you include sales in the current quarter, total iPhone sales since launch must be nearing the 400 million mark.
iPhone – Indian Picture
On a conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iPhone sales were up 400% in India.
But keep in mind that the iPhone base is still pretty low in India compared to mature markets like the U.S.
Unlike the U.S. market, consumers in India must pay full price for the iPhone since they are not subsidized by the carriers.
Lower priced smartphones from Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn are posing a stiff challenge to the pricey iPhone in India.