When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he said that Apple was looking to sell 10 million iPhones in 2008. This would’ve given it a measly 1% of the mobile phone market. Well Jobs would be happy to hear that Apple’s marketshare is now roughly 10x that.

According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the Cupertino company accounted for 9.5% of all global handset shipments in the first quarter of 2012. Apple also kept its spot as the third largest mobile phone manufacturer during the three month period…

Samsung topped the list of mobile phone-makers, selling over 93 million handsets and snagging 25.4% of the market. Nokia, who has been trying to turn around its smartphone division with a new Windows Phone partnership, came in second at 22.5%.

Apple’s almost-10% is quite an impressive feat, considering it only sells smartphones. Both Samsung and Nokia sell feature phones, which still account for roughly 60% of all handset sales. And even their smartphones come in multiple OS flavors.

The Mac-maker is riding high right now thanks to back-to-back quarters of blowout sales. Apple has sold over 70 million iPhones in the last 6 months, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s recently started pushing the handset into mainland China.

[Electronista]

  • Successful road so far, hopefully it stays that way.