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iPhone Shipment Estimates Down 10%, Report Says

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Back in July, it was confirmed that Apple had surpassed Nokia to become the world's number one smartphone vendor. And according to new estimates, that title will remain unchanged.

DigiTimes Research maintains that Cupertino will top former leader Nokia and hang onto its global crown. Analyst Luke Lin says that Apple's iPhone shipments are projected to hit 86.4 million units this year, which is up 82% from the previous year. The ever-troubled Nokia is estimated to fall from over 100 million units to 74.4 million this year -- a 25.6% drop.

Although Apple has a healthy lead, previous estimates -- which cited anonymous sources within the supply chain -- held that Apple would ship 95 million units this year. BGR points to a later-than-expected iPhone 5 launch as the reason behind the lowered shipping projection.

As for other manufacturers, some are enjoying massive year-over-year gains. Samsung is expected to top 67 million units shipped, nearly tripling last year's shipments of 23 million. HTC' supply could potentially hit nearly 50 million -- a gain of over 109% from last year. LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and even RIM are likely to see gains in 2011.

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