iPhone Market Share To Drop 1.3% By 2015, IDC Says

The iPhone may lose a smidgen of its popularity and experience a 1.3% market share drop by 2015, according to an updated report issued by IDC. Apple’s smartphone will hold an 18.2% market share this year, but IDC expects it to decrease to 16.9% by 2015.

Consumers will buy around 472 million smartphones in 2011, but the smartphone market could double by 2015, thus generating sales of 945 million units, Apple Insider reports citing IDC’s report. The smartphone segment reports a 20% year-over-year increase while a strong demand for such handsets has emerged from Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Blackberry’s market share will also drop by almost 1%, the same report suggests. It appears that Apple’s and RIM’s loss is Android’s gain. Android-operated smartphones will report a market share increase of almost 5%, reaching 43.8% in 2015 compared to this year’s market share of 38.9%.

The future does not look that bright for Symbian, which is expected to experience a 20.5% drop by 2015 after Nokia embeds Windows Phone on its devices. On the other hand, Microsoft’s mobile OS will hold a market share of 20.3% in 2015.

Apple sold 18.6 million iPhone units in Q2 2011, which represents an increase of 113% compared to 2010. The company is the world’s second largest smartphone producer, behind Nokia.