The iPhone 6 is sitting pretty at the top of the smartphone sales charts for a second consecutive month, after consumers shrugged off carping about iOS 8 bugs and ‘bendgate’.
The success of Apple’s 4.7-inch handset capped off a trio of podium finishes for the tech giant, with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in second and third place respectively. And the iPhone 6 Plus made it four out of the top five handset for Apple with its berth at position at position five.
But according to the tracker, which measures live searches, pre-orders and sales on uSwitch and its network of Omio partner sites, the outlook for Apple’s long-time rival Samsung is a lot less sunny.
That’s underscored by the fact that the only Samsung handset in the fun-five is the Galaxy S5, which limped to a disappointing number four despite landing on shop shelves comparatively recently.
More worrying still for a company that has saw profits take another tumble in the last quarter is that the only other Samsung phones to make the top-ten were the Galaxy S4 (8th) and Galaxy Note 4 (10th).
Elsewhere, HTC’s One M8 underlined its sleeper-hit status at position six, while the ageing iPhone 4S rolled back the years to snare position seven and LG’s G3 made an appearance at number nine.
Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “Thanks to the usual hype surrounding any Apple launch, its victory in the September charts wasn’t surprising.
“The real test was whether it would remain unchallenged in October – which it has done, and with some style.
Kerr added: “The news of Samsung’s dramatic drop in profits has not gone unnoticed in the uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker.
“As Apple’s main competitor, the Korean giant is slipping behind, providing a great opportunity for its arch rival.”
“Next month could throw a few surprises into the chart. The appearance of the Galaxy Note 4 in the top ten makes it the one to watch for next month, while the start of the Christmas shopping season could see a welcome boost for some of the older models on the market.”