It’s that time of year again when Apple’s major mobile tech launches have essentially called it a day and the company has pretty much no choice other than to depend on the momentum its latest iPhone and iPad releases have generated. As such, talk of an impending unlocked iPhone 5 release date for December has become the last remaining lucrative rumor for Apple ahead of the final blast of sales 2012 is likely to generate.
However, even with dozens of new high-end Android Smartphone released continuing with every day that passes, Apple is still apparently rocketing past its primary rivals thanks to blistering iPhone 5 performance. Android Jelly Bean may be the talk of the town and Windows Phone 8 is certainly winning its fair share of kudos, but this has done little to quell the success of the iPhone 5 which according to industry analysts has once again pushed Apple ahead Google’s Android.
Exactly how long this remains the case however remains to be seen.
Kantar Worldpanel has this week reported that Apple now accounts for a whopping 48.1% of the Smartphone market, which has left Google trailing behind with 46.7% swallowed up by Android. The report also went on to credit Apple’s success largely with the incredible sales and hype generated by the iPhone 5 release date earlier this fall.
In addition, the report suggested that Apple has every chance of increasing its lead even further over the coming months, which in realistic terms would appear to be all-but impossible given the armada of new Android handsets joining the affray along the way.
It will therefore be interesting to see how much – if at all – the release date of the official unlocked iPhone 5 from the Apple Store affects Apple Smartphone sales, as some analyst reports have suggested that vast swathes are holding back purchases in order to scoop a comparably affordable unlocked iPhone 5 directly from the Cupertino company.