Who didn't see this coming?

On the strength of record-breaking breaking earnings and sales of more than 74 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple achieved once again that which it hadn't in two solid years.

During the final three months of the year -- during the pivotal holiday shopping quarter -- Apple's iOS led the domestic OS share for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2012. That's the finding published today by Kantar Worldpanel.

However, Apple by no means crushed the competition. In fact, Apple squeaked out a lead by the absolute thinnest of margins (which says a lot about the strength of Android in the U.S. despite the crushing demand for new iOS devices over the holidays).

"In the US, Apple iOS overtook Android for the first time since this time in 2012, albeit by the slimmest 0.1% margin," says Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “While the success of the iPhone 6 and 6Plus is unprecedented, this quarter’s performance also points to Apple having its strongest portfolio ever. With a range of devices available at different price points in both contract and pre-pay Apple was able to take advantage of a weaker Android offering at the premium end of the market.”

To review these and other findings in depth, check out the full post from Kantar here.

Source: Kantar Worldpanel