It's impressive then to learn Apple actually supplanted Samsung as the top phone maker in the U.S. during that time frame, marking it as the first such occurrence in the company's history.
The data comes courtesy of a report from Strategy Analytics, a market research firm, and though Apple still can't quite grasp Samsung's overall total, securing an entire country over a chief rival is surely a nice way to start the new year.
Apple is estimated to have shipped 17.7 million iPhones in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, which was a nearly 10 percent jump from 2011's 12.8 million.
Conversely, Samsung was able to ship 16.8 million smartphones in that same period, which was almost 6 percent better than it performed in 2011.
Those massive numbers gave Apple (34 percent) and Samsung (32.3 percent) the lion's share of the mobile market during the fourth quarter.
For comparison, LG, the third place manufacturer, was able to ship 4.7 million phones in the U.S., and captured 12.3 percent of the market.
All of the other mobile companies combined couldn't even manage to grasp a full quarter of the market during Q4.
Heavy is the head
Apple will have its work cut out for it if the company hopes to keep the crown it earned in the U.S. in those waning moments of 2012.
For now though, Apple can lay claim to being the first to slay the Samsung dragon, even if it was just for a short while.
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