Smartphones are everywhere these days, with some people even having more than one, but just how many smartphones are expected to ship in the coming years?
According to IHS, smartphone shipments are expected to break through 1.5 billion units in 2017, with Android accounting for 1 billion of those. IHS estimates that smartphone shipments will reach close to 900 million before the end of this year, with Apple making up 150 million of those units. Compared to 2012, where Apple sold 134 million iPhones, this increase is not big at all.
IHS' Senior Analyst, Wayne Lam, has said that "possible slowing growth of the iPhone" as well as "the rapid pace of competitive smartphone releases speak to the ferocious nature of the handset business."