FORTUNE -- Drilling a little deeper into sales data than the larger tech research firms, Strategy Analytics on Wednesday released the chart at right, which breaks smartphone sales down by model number.
The data show that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 overtook Samsung's Galaxy S3 by some 12 million units in the last quarter of 2012 to become the world's bestselling smartphone.
That's not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that according to Strategy Analytics the iPhone 4S -- discounted by Apple when the new model came out -- also overtook the Galaxy S3.
Meanwhile, in other Apple news, the Financial Times reports that Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier, has put a hold on hiring and is cutting back on iPhone 5 production. Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson offers three possible reasons:
"Yikes. More likely Apple bad news," tweeted Henry Blodget, Carlson's boss, making it clear how he's going to spin the story.
UPDATE: Bloomberg reports: "Foxconn halted recruitment until the end of March after more employees returned from the Chinese New Year break than a year earlier, Bruce Liu, a spokesman for the Taipei-based company, said today in a phone interview. The decision wasn't related to iPhone 5 production, he said, refuting an earlier report in the Financial Times that linked the hiring freeze to a slowdown in orders for the handset." See Apple Falls After iPhone Builder Foxconn Halts Hiring.
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As anyone who has lived with an iPhone 4S for more than a few weeks can tell you, its voice-activated personal assistant can be -- to put it kindly -- a little flaky. But Siri is still one of the device's marquis features -- something the iPhone can do that none of its rival smartphones can match.
So Apple (AAPL) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 17, 2012 7:01 AM ET
Six months after its release, 56% of future smartphone buyers say they're getting Apple's
The 4,413 consumers polled in ChangeWave Research's March survey are not exactly a representative cross-section of the buying public. They're primarily American (87%) and almost all early-adopter types. But as ChangeWave members they do tend to indicate which way the technological wind is blowing.
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He wasn't particularly fond of the name, recalls co-founder Dag Kittlaus
Three weeks after his Siri app was approved for sale on the App Store, Dag Kittlaus was told to expect a call from Apple senior vice president Scott Forstall. The phone rang:
"Dag, this is Steve Jobs."
That, according to NetworkWorld's Yoni Heisler, was the beginning of the chain of events that led to Apple (AAPL) buying Kittlaus' company for $200 million and making MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 28, 2012 12:25 PM ET
The company is ramping up production at ever more impressive rates
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook often says about the company's iOS devices that it is selling them as fast as it can make them.
In that context, the chart published Tuesday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster illustrates what may be Cook's most impressive achievement as COO: The rate at which he has been able to ramp up production.
Five years ago, it took MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 20, 2012 8:05 AM ET
First weekend sales exceed the iPad 2, but not the iPhone 4S
Eight hours after Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook pronounced himself "very thrilled" with what he described as "record weekend" sales of the third-generation iPad, the company issued a press release clarifying what record the new iPad had broken.
It wasn't Apple's all-time best hardware launch. That record is still held by the iPhone 4S, which sold 4 million units in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 19, 2012 5:46 PM ET
China Telecom, the country's No. 3 carrier and No.1 Wi-Fi provider, gets the iPhone
"We've been very, very focused on China," Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook told the audience at last week's Goldman Sachs technology conference.
One result of that focus became clear on Monday, when China Telecom (CHA), China's No. 3 mobile carrier and No. 1 Wi-Fi and fixed-line provider (total subscribers: 216 million), announced that it will begin taking iPhone 4S preorders next MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 21, 2012 7:00 AM ET
According to this report, the iPad's chief competitor was not the Fire but the iPhone 4S
Amazon (AMZN) had a one-time shot to loosen Apple's (AAPL) hold on the worldwide tablet market, and it grabbed a 14% share last quarter according to a report issued Thursday by IHS's iSuppli.
Although the iPad managed to hold on to a 57% share, that was down from 64% in Q3 and less than IHS had MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 16, 2012 11:02 AM ET
Would that the iPhone's intelligent assistant were as smart as the latest TV ad suggests
Based on my experience with the iPhone 4S, Apple (AAPL) is doing something very un-Applelike in its TV ads for Siri -- over-promise and under-deliver.
Case in point: The last instruction the woman gives her voice-activated assistant in the TV ad that debuted Thursday night. "Remind me to do this again," she tells Siri on a beach MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 10, 2012 9:39 AM ET
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