Apple's iPhone 5S top buy at US carriers in September

Apple's latest iPhone overtakes the Samsung Galaxy S4 to become the top-selling smartphone at all four major carriers in the US.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 was the top smartphone seller in the US until Apple's iPhone 5S came along, new data from Canaccord Genuity shows.

The iPhone 5S was the top-selling smartphone at all four major carriers in the US in September, the research firm revealed on Friday. Canaccord didn't say exactly how many units were sold of each device, but indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was pushed back to second, and in some cases, third, last month.

For the first time in several months, Apple was the top-selling smartphone vendor in September , supplanting Samsung, which led the way in June, July, and August.

According to Canaccord, it's seeing "very strong" sales for Apple's iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C, meanwhile, is experiencing "strong sales." Based on what it's seen so far, Canaccord believes Apple will sell more than 52 million iPhones worldwide during the last quarter of the year.

Samsung is expected to post similarly strong sales, though Canaccord didn't predict how many units it might sell.

But it wasn't all good news for handset makers in September. The research firm's retail checks showed "very soft" sales for BlackBerry's Z10 and Q10 handsets. The HTC One, that company's flagship competitor to the iPhone, also suffered a "very weak" September.

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