To say that Apple’s last quarter was a good one would be a gross understatement. Fueled by the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple not only managed to beat its own quarterly profits record, it had the most profitable quarter ever recorded by any company ever. Not just that, Apple completely dominated Samsung in terms of quarterly smartphone shipments which is especially impressive when you consider that Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
Apple’s latest new smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, were largely responsible for the company’s record-smashing holiday quarter. And that colossal quarter didn’t just smash Apple’s own records… it was the most profitable quarter any company has ever reported. Now, more news is trickling out following Apple’s killer holiday season: According to Gartner, Apple blew past Samsung to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world last quarter. According to noted market research firm Gartner, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped the company blow past Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world by end user sales volume. Samsung, the former No. 1, sells dozens of different smartphone models that span a variety of price points and markets. Meanwhile, Apple sells just four different iPhone models, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and two older models from 2013.