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iPhone now in fifth place in Japanese market

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Apple has risen to fifth place in the market ranking list for cellphone makers operating in Japan for the first time in the July-September period with its share coming to 12.2%, a market research institute says — as reported by “The Mainichi Daily News” (http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/business/news/20101214p2g00m0bu021000c.html).

The iPhone moved up from seventh place in the April-June quarter in the market led by Sharp Corp., whose latest share was 18.8%, according to IDC Japan. Apple’s share broke through the 10% line for the first time, with iPhone’s shipment coming to 1.06 million units in the quarter, while overall cellphone shipments stood at 8.66 million units, up 18.9% from a year earlier.

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