Apple’s iPhone has now displaced the Research in Motion as the top smartphone in Canada, according to new info by IDC and “Bloomberg” (

RIM — which is based in Waterloo, Ontario — shipped 2.08 million BlackBerrys last year in Canada, compared with 2.85 million units for Apple, according to the data. In 2010, the BlackBerry topped the iPhone by half a million, and in 2008, the year after the iPhone’s debut, RIM outsold Apple by almost five to one.

“For RIM, in its home market, to lose that No. 1 position to iPhone is strategically important,” Paul Taylor, a fund manager at BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto, told “Bloomberg.” “It does identify, even with a home-country bias, how consumers are responding to the greater functionality of the iPhone.”