It’s probably a given that Apple’s iPhone is the most popular in the United States, where the handset first launch in June, 2007. But that’s not where Apple’s market share is growing the most, especially in the near future.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Apple will have sold 78 million iPhones and iPod touches by the end of December, according to CNNMoney. Most of those units are on Apple’s home turf, but based on AdMob research issued today, a number of foreign countries are leading the device’s user growth.
Japan is leading the pack with a more than 350% growth in iPhone and iPod touch users between January and November of this year. France and Australia trail the land of the rising sun, but not by too much. China, Germany and Italy are also seeing substantial gains, while the United States appears to be mostly leveling off.
AdMob, the world’s leading supplier of mobile ads, has tried to map the location of Apple’s handsets by country, based on the number of users who requested at least one of its ads in the month of November. 50% of unique visitors were located in the U.S., up from 39% back in January, 2009. In total, 23 countries had more than 100,000 unique Apple visitors.
The iPhone accounts for 71% of those devices, with 18 million units in use. The iPod touch follows with 29% or 7.3 million units, or 25.2 million total.