iPhone 6 Sales Help Apple Close Sales Gap With Samsung Galaxy S Phones

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have helped Apple sell 74.4 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of 2014. The Washington Post reports on Apple‘s latest victory.

“If there was any doubt that Apple fans would like the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s been definitively put to rest. Apple on Tuesday reported that it sold a stunning 74.5 million iPhones in its holiday quarter. That blew past analyst expectations of 69 million in sales, and helped drive the company to record profits of $18 billion.”

Both new iPhone units were released in September of 2014. At first, Apple had problems keeping up with the demand. However, most stores are now stocked with both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now that Apple is able to meet consumer demand, sales could be even more impressive during the first quarter of 2015.

Furthermore, Apple is now closing the worldwide market share gap with Samsung. According to Apple Insider, Samsung‘s mobile profits took a huge plunge after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released.

“Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)—a 36 percent year-over-year drop—but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.”

According to BGR, many of the people purchasing the new iPhone 6 units are former Android smartphone users.

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“Apple’s CEO said that only a ‘small fraction’ of the installed iPhone base has upgraded to a new iPhone, and that the majority of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are new to iPhone, including Android users who have switched to iPhone.”

However, one should never count Samsung out. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to have some killer specs, including a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 577ppi density and a 64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU. It will also have a 20MP rear camera and will be compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset. The Galaxy S6 is supposed to be announced in early March. There will also be a special version of the S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge, that will have a curved screen on both sides.

Apple isn’t resting on its current iPhone 6 victory. The iPhone 6s, which is scheduled to be released later this year, will allegedly have a more powerful processor than the iPhone 6 and will contain a camera with an optical zoom lens. Which phone would you rather have — the iPhone 6s or the Samsung Galaxy S6?

[Photo Credit via Apple and Daryl Deino]