Canalys is out with a note on Tuesday saying that Apple has garnered first place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first time by units shipped.

The research firm says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were behind the large amount of growth in China in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the Cupertino-based company to the top spot.

Behind Apple are Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei by units shipped – a big feat for Apple considering the price of its smartphones are ridiculously high in China and at times can be very hard to find. Canalys says the large screen and LTE trends in China were vital to Apple’s success for overtaking the powerful Xiaomi in the country.

It’s also interesting Samsung seems to continue struggling in China, in a greater a global slowdown for the company. Xiaomi became the leader in China’s smartphone market in Q2 2014, passing Samsung who once dominated with its corner on the larger screen smartphone market.

Canalys didn’t provide word on specific amount of smartphones shipped by Apple in China, however Apple is set to report its Christmas quarter earnings on Tuesday with more detail. Some analysts are calling worldwide iPhone shipments to be as high as 69 million, shattering previous records.

China has been key behind Apple’s growth. Apple CEO Tim Cook said last fall that “it’s just a matter of time” before China overtakes the US, and that day may finally be here. According to the Financial Times, Apple is expected to announce on Tuesday selling more handsets in China than in the US last quarter.

Source: Canalys

  • Jason Baroni

    Steve Jobs was wrong about bigger screens. Everyone else was right, starting from Samsung. Tim Cook made it best to change now, about time. The numbers never lie…

    • CollegiateLad

      Steve’s comments about larger screens were a smokescreen. Steve often said something sucked or wasn’t useful until Apple adopted it. At the time, Apple had tiny screens, did you expect him to say large screens are the shit?? He’s a salesman trying to sell his product. It’s like vendors saying 64 bit was a marketing strategy while secretly developing their own.

      • Jason Baroni

        What differentiates Apple from the others has always been what their beliefs are, not the reason that justifies what they do.

      • CollegiateLad

        Think different!! And thinking different is how you justify what Apple does! 🙂

      • Jason Baroni

        Apple justifies what they do, not me. As a Marketing student and professional, I just try to understand what they do, though.

      • CollegiateLad

        Awesome!!! Cupcakes on the way!!!

  • Tommy

    Go China!