Apple Set To Become Fifth Biggest Mobile Manufacturer Worldwide

Gartner's report, published earlier today, shows that sales at two of the top five mobile phone companies worldwide have decreased with Nokia, RIM and Samsung being the ones to post significant growth.

Outside the top five, Apple appears to be the one with the one company likely to leapfrog its competitors to enter the top five handset manufacturers worldwide with only one handset range and possibly as early as Q4 2010.

According to Gartner's data, Apple's shipments grew by 60 percent year on year while those of Motorola and Sony Ericsson, both of which are ahead of Apple, fell significantly.

In absolute terms, Apple managed to add 3.3 million additional handsets compared to last year and at this rate should be able to comfortably reach 30 million iPhones sold for 2010.

That still pales in comparison with the overall number of mobile devices sold in the second quarter of 2010; 325.5 million units were shipped during that period making it likely that 1.3 billion units will be sold.