The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular phone in 49 of the 50 US states, and the iPhone 12 Pro is the most popular 5G phone in the remaining state, making the US the nation of the iPhone.
And these phones are only four months old, which indicates the continued popularity of the iPhone in the United States and the importance of the role it plays in driving the adoption of 5G in this country.
The reports come from research firm M Science’s sales data and information gathered from Ookla Speedtest users.
Ookla is looking into using its Speedtest apps on consumers’ phones, and provided test data in January.
M Science tracks the cumulative sales of 5G phones in the United States, and this data set includes sales as of the week of January 23 and does not specifically include the Galaxy S21 series phones, which did not start shipping at that point.
M Science and Ookla agree that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular 5G phone in the United States, although they swap positions on whether the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro is in second place.
Ookla says: The iPhone 12 Pro is the most popular in Vermont and Washington, DC, and the second most popular phone nationwide, while M Science says: The iPhone 12 is the second nationally.
The results are in line with previous reports of strong iPhone 12 Pro Max sales and weak iPhone 12 mini sales.
Apple, as usual, took its time to add 5G to its phones, while Samsung started doing so in 2019 with the Galaxy S10 5G and added 5G across the S20 series in 2020.
Outside of these two manufacturers, 5G has moved from a previously defining feature to the newly budgeted category of phones.
Despite this growing array of options, adoption has been slow, and given that Apple is responsible for slightly less than half of cell phone shipments in the US, it makes sense that the iPhone 5G would give a boost to adoption rates.
To be sure, the slow start of 5G in the US was not helped by a less than stellar product.
And while every major carrier offers 5G coverage nationwide, the performance is often roughly the same as 4G, and sometimes worse.
That should change when more spectrum becomes available to carriers later this year.