iPhone 5s the best selling smartphone in the world

Apple’s iPhone 5s remains the world’s top selling smartphone as of May 2014, according to new data released on Monday by Counterpoint Technology Market Research.

Counterpoint notes that while many in the industry expected the Samsung Galaxy S5 to take over the top spot, it is “still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales,” to the iPhone 5s. The Galaxy S4, Note 3, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s round out the top six smartphones in the survey.

Counterpoint’s survey was done across 35 countries.

I am kind of surprised that Apple’s iPhone 5c finished in the No. 5 position in the survey—I would have expected it to finish higher. Perhaps the features over the iPhone 5s were compelling enough for people to purchase the higher-end model. It certainly doesn’t appear Apple’s overall iPhone sales are suffering, so there’s no need to dwell on it.

  • Billy Razzle

    So, Apple has three in the top six, and Samsung has the other three. Remind me who else makes smartphones again.

    • boioglu

      Apparently, Xiaomi does. Whoever they are…

    • matthewmaurice

      A more telling way to look at it is that Apple has ALL their smartphones in the top 6.

  • Just checking

    Jim, can you check on whether the 5c statistic includes all the iphone 5 phones that have been sold? Not the same product, but similar enough from a consumer standpoint(price, functionality) to be included in metrics, and would certainly make an impact on its place in the rankings! This is the same question I have had for most of the iphone 5c’s “flop” sales numbers.

  • JohnDoey

    The 5C is just last year’s iPhone 5. It’s meant to sell a lot less then the 5S. The previous generation phones have always sold a fraction of the new phone, same as Mac minis have always sold a fraction of iMacs. But the Mac mini and iPhone 5C are both a giant step up from a Windows PC or Android phone, and they act like an on-ramp for users who don’t yet understand the value that they get back from what appears to be a more-expensive Apple device as compared to the competition.

    • nigra truo


      But the Mac mini and iPhone 5C are both a giant step up from a Windows PC or Android phone,

      Well, I beg to differ, in my opinion and most customers say the same (Samsung sold A LOT MORE high end smartphones than Apple and PCs still dominate the Market by a HUGE margin).

      I as a power user don’t see the usefullness of removing features and dumbing down devices, products that can do less and less in every version as attractive or something I want to pay more for.

  • nigra truo

    Nope, the iPhone 5s ist not the best selling smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy is, by a wide bearth. And saying thta one model is not the same as a whole series (that are very similar) is splitting hairs. And these by the way are not cheapo cell phones, as many people often point out “Android is only outselling Apple because of cheapo phones”, these are pretty good models that stand up or overdo the 5s easily. Can anybody say large screen size and replacable battery, expandable storage though SDcards? The sales numbers speak a clear language: Apple is not offering the products customers want, they go to Samsung to buy them.

  • Charl van der byl

    I wouldnt say the iphone is a smartphone, it still cant do the basic normal “dumbphones” can..