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Foxconn says cannot meet demand for iPhone 5
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Taipei (AFP) Nov 8, 2012


Samsung had best-selling Q3 smartphone: survey
New York (AFP) Nov 8, 2012 - Samsung's Galaxy S3 overtook Apple's iPhone 4S in the third quarter to give the South Korean firm the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever, a research firm said Thursday.

The survey from Strategy Analytics came, however, as Apple was launching the iPhone 5. Sales from both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 combined were higher than those of the flagship Samsung smartphone.

"The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever," said Strategy Analytics' Neil Shah.

"A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3's success."

Still, Shah acknowledged that "consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter."

According to the research firm, some 18 million Galaxy S3 phones were sold in the three months to September 30.

Apple sold 16.2 million of its iPhone 4S in the period and six million of the iPhone 5, which launched in mid-September, it said.

The sales gave the Samsung device a 10.7 percent market share to 9.7 percent for the iPhone 4S and 3.6 percent for the iPhone 5.

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics said the Galaxy S3 "has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia" but that its position as the world's best-selling smartphone model "is likely to be short-lived."

He added that with the iPhone 5, "Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world's most popular smartphone model."

Taiwan's Foxconn has admitted that it cannot meet strong demand for Apple's new iPhone 5 due to difficulties in building the gadget, as investors grow concerned about the US giant's future earnings.

"We can't really fulfil Apple's requests. Our shipments are insufficient... given the huge market demand," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told reporters late Wednesday.

He added that the design of the iPhone 5, of which five million were sold over its launch weekend in September, has made production difficult, but did not elaborate.

He declined to say whether Foxconn plans to outsource some of the iPhone orders to other makers.

The iPhone has been a huge driver of Apple's phenomenal profits, along with the iPad, both of which are made by Foxconn, which also manufactures products for other firms such as Nokia, Intel and Sony.

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's Chief Financial Officer, said on October 25 that demand for the iPhone 5 continued to outstrip supply, but that it was working hard to catch up.

Last month the firm, which is based in Cupertino, California, said net profit in the July-September quarter climbed to $8.2 billion thanks to a 58 percent jump in sales of its phones and a 26 percent rise in tablet sales.

But Apple's shares have fallen in recent weeks owing to concerns it may not be able to meet demand in the near future, as well as increased competition from rivals including Samsung.

Mars Hsu, an analyst at Grand Cathay Securities, said Apple's main worry was in product innovation, as the new iPad and iPad Mini did not appear to be very different from competitors' gadgets.

Apple has also faced much criticism since the launch of the iPhone 5, following a number of problems.

It was forced to apologise soon after the phone's launch because of its glitch-ridden maps application in the new operating system, which led the firm to urge customers to use rival apps while improvements were made.

The company is also undergoing a management overhaul and last month announced the executive in charge of Maps, Siri and other software in the iPhone is leaving as part of a shakeup.

Taiwan-based Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, among others in its factories in China.

The company has come under the spotlight after suicides and labour unrest at its Chinese plants in recent years, which activists have blamed on tough working conditions, prompting calls for better treatment of staff.

Foxconn employs more than one million workers in China, roughly half of them based in its main facility in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

-- Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this story --

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