New iPhone likely to snag an even bigger chunk of mobile market
Surveys show that 38 percent of BlackBerry owners and 22 percent of Android owners plan to switch to the new iPhone when it is released.
Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 9:33 AM
With rumors of a new iPhone being unveiled next week, new research shows smartphone users are already clamoring to buy Apple's newest device.
The study by deal aggregation website TechBargains found that the new phone, already being dubbed the iPhone 5, will claim even more of the mobile phone market, with 38 percent of BlackBerry owners and 22 percent of Android owners planning to switch to the new iPhone when it is released. Reports have the new phone possibly being available to the public on Sept. 12.
"This could be construed as a commentary on consumer dissatisfaction with Android and BlackBerry products or simply a message that the iPhone’s user experience remains unparalleled," said Yung Trang, president and editor in chief of TechBargains.com.
The survey shows a large number of current iPhone users plan to upgrade once the new device is released. Nearly three of four iPhone 4 owners expect to buy the new iPhone, with more than 70 percent of iPhone 3G owners planning to make the switch.
"When it comes to smartphones, Apple's iPhone remains the leader," Trang said. [Not Tonight, Honey, I'm on My Smartphone]
The research found a number of features consumers are hoping the new iPhone has. More 90 percent of those surveyed want a longer battery life and faster processor, 83 percent are hoping for the faster 4G LTE speeds, while 76 percent desire a bigger screen.
When it comes to how big of a dent the new phone will put in their wallet, more than half of shoppers are expecting the iPhone 5 to cost $199, while nearly 40 percent are preparing to shell out between $249 and $299.
Additional information can be found in the infographic below composed by TechBargains.
The study was based on surveys of more than 1,300 shoppers.
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