Overtakes RIM but still behind Nokia, Samsung and LG.
IDC has published its rankings for handset shipments in Q3, and it shows Apple overtaking Research In Motion to become the fourth biggest mobile phone vendor in the world.
The top three places are unchanged: IDC thinks Nokia's 110.4 million unit shipments gives it a 32.4% market share, followed by Samsung (71.4m units / 21% share) and LG (28.4m units / 8.3% share).
Apple's 14.1 million units shipped in Q3 gives it a 4.1% share globally, followed by RIM's 12.4 million units (3.6%). Sony Ericsson falls out of the top five for the first time since 2004, with 10.4 million units shipped in Q3.
Digging into the figures, LG had a particularly poor Q3, with unit shipments falling by 10.1% year-on-year, and its market share falling from 10.6% to 8.3% accordingly.
Nokia's modest YoY shipments growth of 1.8% was behind Samsung (18.6%), RIM (45.9%) and Apple (90.5%), which is why Nokia's market share fell from 36.5% to 32.4%.
The figures follow Strategy Analytics' estimates for global smartphone sales in Q3.