(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – If you were under the notion that Apple was slipping amid a changing mobile market, think again.
According to consumer knowledge firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the Cupertino-based tech provider once again dominated with sales of the iPhone accounting for 51.2% of the U.S. market during 2012’s final quarter.
“Apple’s continual improvement is thanks to both the iPhone 5 and older models attracting various customer groups, from repeat Apple buyers, first time smartphone buyers and those coming from other smartphone brands,” commented the research firm’s Mary-Ann Parlato in a press release.
Behind the iPhone were Android-operated devices, accounting for 44.8% of the market. Meanwhile, Windows Phone clocked in at third, representing just 2.6%.
The iPhone 5 was initially released in September of last year. Not surprisingly, rumors have speculated upon the device’s successor. Earlier this month, industry analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets noted an iPhone 5S could come with different color options – similar to Apple’s latest iPod Touch.