Sales of iPhones have overtaken BlackBerrys for the first time ever, new figures reveal, signalling a sea change at the top of the smartphone market.
According to data from Strategy Analytics, some 14.1 million iPhones were sold during the third quarter, compared with 12.4 million BlackBerrys.
The strong showing for Apple saw it assume the position of the world’s fourth-largest phone maker by sales and pushing BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) into fifth place.
iPhone sales were seemingly unaffected by users reporting problems with dropped calls, which developed into the high-profile so-called antennagate crisis.
Meanwhile, despite a turbulent year at executive level, Nokia remains the world’s largest phone maker, selling some 110.4 million handsets in the period.
However, while Nokia remains the dominant player in developing markets where low-end mobiles rule the roost, it is perceived as struggling to keep pace with high-end smartphone makers in the European and US.