Apple overtakes BlackBerry on RIM's home turf of Canada

Apple overtakes BlackBerry on RIM's home turf of Canada
BlackBerry Messenger on a BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion. (Oliver Lang / Associated Press)

Canadians are shifting their preference to another fruit, er, smartphone.



has taken over

Research in Motion

’s BlackBerry in Canada, a blow to Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM. The company shipped 2.08 million BlackBerrys last year in Canada compared with 2.85 million units for Apple, according to data compiled by IDC and


In 2010, BlackBerry topped the iPhone by half a million. In 2008, the year after the iPhone made its debut, RIM outsold Apple by almost five to one, Bloomberg said.

BlackBerry has struggled for several quarters as iPhone and Android devices have grabbed more market share.

In January RIM named a

, Thorsten Heins, who launched an aggressive marketing campaign to revive the brand. But analysts say they’ve yet to see substantial improvement.

“Overall, RIM remains under a challenging transition period,” Barclays Capital analyst Jeff Kvaal wrote in a note to investors Friday, calling demand in North America "mediocre at best."

“The situation at RIM is likely to get worse before it gets better and management is likely to face another challenging quarter,” he said.

The company is poised to launch is BlackBerry 10 operating system this fall.

Shares of RIM fell 2% to $13.78 Thursday. The company's stock is down 11% year to date.