Apple’s iPhone accounted for 45% of more than 120 million smartphones sold in the US in 2013, according to data by the NPD Group on Thursday. Apple was the largest smartphone maker in the US overall, with its sales up 21% year-on-year.
Apple saw its share rise by 1% from 2012, while second place Samsung rose from 24% to 26% year-on-year. In distant third, LG took 8% of smartphone sales with HTC and Motorola coming fourth and fifth respectively.
The figures show Apple and Samsung continue to pull away from the rest of the industry.
NPD said that Apple’s iPhone is popular among smartphone users who earn more than $100,000 per year. Samsung’s lower priced products prove more popular for those who earn $60,000 or less in the US.
Having said that, iPhone sales still grew 64% among lower income customers who earn under $30,000 last year, accounting for 20% of total 2013 iPhone sales.
Most of the mobile industry’s growth in the US came from prepaid devices – a growth of 68%.
The NPD Mobile Phone Track measures activities of US consumers 18 or older who purchase a mobile phone or smartphone. It does not include corporate mobile purchases.