iPhones Reach 7.9 Per Cent Of Worldwide Phone Sales

While the worldwide mobile phone market is experiencing a year-over-year decline of 2 per cent, Apple managed to expand its market share from 3.9 in Q1, 2011 to 7.9 per cent in Q1, 2012. The recently released Gartner study places Apple in third place after Samsung and Nokia.

The South Korean manufacturer managed to dethrone Nokia for the first time ever, with Nokia finally slipping from the top spot after being ranked number one since 1998. The iPhone maker saw its market share rise from 3.9 per cent in the second quarter of last year, to a little more than double.

This is even more remarkable, considering Apple entered the competition with only three handsets - the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S - whilst its rivals had a wide array of handset models.

Overall, the smartphone market expanded, as the Gartner report revealed a 44.7 per cent year-over-year increase, to 144.4 million units.

Apple has been having a pleasant time in the smartphone stakes, showing off a 96.2 per cent year-over-year increase in sales. Based on Apple's performance in the smartphone market alone, the iPhone maker jumped from last year's 16.9 per cent to an impressive 22.9 per cent.