According to figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple sold 57 million iPhones in the first calendar quarter of 2021 - that’s 44 percent more than the same quarter in 2020.

With a market share of 17 percent, Apple is number two behind Samsung who sold 77 million smartphones in the quarter for a share of 23 percent.

However, Samsung was able to sell 'only' 32 percent more phones than in the previous year despite the worldwide smartphone market growing by 24 percent. According to Strategy Analytics’ figures 340 million smartphones were sold worldwide. The last time there was such strong growth was in 2015.

According to the analysts, Apple's provision of 5G in the iPhone 12 series last autumn has driven growth in many markets.

Apple will publish its results for the second quarter of its fiscal year on Wednesday 28 April after the stock market closes at 4pm in New York (9pm BST).

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives has also highlighted that demand for the iPhone 12 is higher than expected because 350 million iPhone users are ready to upgrade from an older model. Read more here: Apple could beat iPhone sales records in 2021.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by Karen Haslam.