There have been rumors for a few months now suggesting the iPhone 5 will be launching during September. This belief was recently strengthened with comments by Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer last week. Before it is even released we have a new iPhone survey with battery life, price and 4G prominent amongst potential owners of the device.
The survey was carried out by PriceGrabber at the beginning of this month with responses of 2,852 US consumers. It was found that 35 percent of respondents plan to buy the iPhone 5 when it is released, of these 51 percent will do so within the first year of it bring available. While 30 percent look to pick one up by the end of this year, with 14 percent buying during the first month and 7 percent will get one during the first week.
When asked what things consumers wanted most from the new iPhone 59 percent wanted better battery life. Meanwhile 55 percent of those asked wanted the handset to cost them less, 46 percent wanted the new iPhone to have 4G compatibility. A larger screen was on 45 percent of respondents wish lists, as was an improved camera with 42 percent.
Graham Jones from PriceGrabber said “Our survey data confirms the strong following Apple has built around its iPhone, with more than one-third of consumers planning to upgrade to the latest model only a little over a year following the release of the iPhone 4”. He added that brand loyalty is as strong as ever, but consumers are more concerned about having a reasonably priced device which will continue to perform over a long period.
When the people taking part in the survey was asked which smartphone operating system they prefer, 48 percent chose Apple’s iOS. This compares with 19 percent choosing Android, 7 percent Microsoft Windows, and 6 percent said BlackBerry. They were also asked which smartphone they would like to get as a gift with 69 percent saying iPhone 5.
The illustrious Motorola Droid Bionic got 7 percent, Samsung Galaxy S II 4 percent, and the BlackBerry Curve 3 percent. While today’s smartphones have a whole host of features, when asked what they use their devices for 88 percent said phone calls. 77 percent said email, texting came in at 73 percent, 69 percent browsed the internet, and 50 percent used the devices GPS.
Even though we currently don’t have any concrete evidence of what the next iPhone will be like, anticipation for it is growing daily. Apple is often criticized for the way they keep everything secret leading up to a new product launch. But they must be doing something right if their recent financial figures are anything to go by.
The iPhone 5 is still a few weeks away yet but it has millions of potential customers wanting to get their hands on one. We could see something really special from the company this time round, and we may even find out the real reasons why there was no device launched last month.
There have certainly been many reasons speculated in the press, but it could just be the simple reason of getting big quantities of the device in reserve to satisfy demand. To read the full smartphone survey click here.
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