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Apple ‘to supersede Nokia in smartphone market’

Apple ‘to supersede Nokia in smartphone market’

The runaway success of the iPhone range will see Apple overtake Nokia in the smartphone market by 2013, a research company has predicted.

Analyst group Generator Research forecasts that iPhones’ share of the global smartphone market will hit 33 per cent by this time.

Meanwhile, over the same period the proportion of the sector held by current leader Nokia will halve to 20 per cent, it is claimed.

News of the company's forecast comes as the new edition of Apple’s mobile, the iPhone 3G S, continues to sell strongly in spite of the slowdown in consumer spending.

Official figures from Apple showed that over one million units of the handset were sold within three days of its launch last month.

The strong showing for the device has come despite some Apple fans complaining that the new faster version of the phone was not sufficiently upgraded from previous editions.

Nokia’s current flagship smartphone and lead challenger to the iPhone 3G S is the multi-functional Nokia N97.

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