Apple iPhone 5 on the buy list for 41% of North American cell phone users

Apple iPhone 5 on the buy list for 41% of North American cell phone users
According to a survey done by mobile network InMobi, 41% of mobile users in North America plan on purchasing the upcoming Apple iPhone 5. 50% of those planning on buying the latest generation iPhone plan on doing so within the first 6 months after it is launched. If the device does achieve such sales, its share of the North American smartphone market will rise to 41% from the current 27% which will bring the Apple iPhone closer to the market share currently enjoyed by Android. Of course, if Apple decides to offer a model with just slightly improved specs-like the Apple iPhone 4S that has been spotted this morning on Apple's inventory system, the percentage of North American mobile users looking to buy the phone drops to 15%

According to InMobi's survey, consumers are looking for Apple to improve the battery life, add a faster processor, higher resolution screen and offer better service quality. Breaking down demand for the Apple iPhone 5 by potential buyers current device, 51% of current iPhone owners, 27% of BlackBerry users, and 52% of those currently using an Android model are planning on buying the 5th generation iPhone. Those figures drop to 11% for current iPhone and BlackBerry users and 28% of Android owners if Apple releases only an Apple iPhone 4S.

source: InMobi via BGR

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122 Comments

1. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I can't wait until Apple releases an iPhone 5, so I can beat anyone that ever uses the name "iPhone 4S" with a 2 ton anvil. Oh... And 52% of Android users? Ouch. I know a ton of people that plan on getting it from Sprint.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

according to this "survey" they think that iOS is going to nearly double market penetration off this 1 phone and wipe the floor with android. Yea, they also predicted that with the iphone4. Surveys and real life dont seem to match.

25. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Why is it that every non-Android survey is BS to you guys but once Android predictions roll around, you follow them so easily? Honest question, not trying to spark a flamewar.

28. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

because android surveys make sense, this one doesnt.

31. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Can I have a reason for why they make more sense.?

35. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

cuz most android surveys talk about what the specs are gonna be, what its gonna be called and the sorts of like and not about how many american mobile users will buy iPhone and they are predicting it that its really gonna happen and they conducted the survey with probably only under a thousand head count. just makes no sense. I understand that this is probably Apple's marketing strategy and its probably working but it sucks. it makes a lof people pissed.

38. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Guess how many people outside of these tech blogs care about specs? Answer: a very small population. Just because a survey includes the spec's of an Android phone in it doesn't make it any more credible of a survey. Android surveys use similar sample sizes, do you really think people that do Android surveys can fly around and get 1,000,000 people samples? So the next time an Android survey come out, I hope you keep the same mindset.

52. justjk unregistered

It is POINTLESS to try to make ANY sense to most of these people, just a waste of time, Just letting you know. They will Praise and Fall down and worship a certain android device and defend it to the end, until the next phone comes around for them to buy, and then they will start it ALL over again for the new one. But as i said, It is pointless trying to get any REAL or sensical responses from these people, Just letting you know. BTW, i am NOW an X android lover and going back to apple probley, BUT it was ANDROID that made me anti ANDROID.

57. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@ justjk ... took the words out of my mouth... props.. to you...

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

android surveys normally say something like "android expected to take large share of smartphone market" or something like that. Its believable because there are so many choices and styles for android sets. None of them say "market share is going to double with release of new phone", which is what this one is trying to say.. which has NEVER happened. They also have this same report EVERY year, and it has yet to happen. I dont have time to find the link, but in PA a few months back they had a report that made light of all this saying "most people that say they are going to buy an iphone buy android instead when they compare them in store" which is why you constantly hear of these huge "expected to buy" reports like this one... yet in reality its the opposite. to a laymen that doesnt really care about cells as much as some of us do, iphone is synonymous with smartphone. It shows to the brilliance of apple's marketing, but it also heavily skews all these types of reports which never turn out to be true. Besides, I'll poke holes in any report that I think is bogus. nothing to do with apple, all to do with the report.

15. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

i don't think 52% of every android user in the world will switch to a a iphone that's why i don't like surveys like this because they use a small amount of ppl to get there results..how many ppl where polled in this huh?

30. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

You should read the article. It clearly states "North America." Which makes sense, because their is still pent up demand for the iPhone on Sprint, and a lot of people from Verizon decided to wait.

45. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

but do u think those numbers are going to add up for a survey that they prob did with a hand full of ppl??

104. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

surveys are pretty acurate as long as they have above 300 people… they have a plus or minus of only 5.7%… and for a major add company, i am sure they used many more.. if the used just a thousand people the margin of error is only 3%

110. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

im just about to switch from the sgs2 myself. Android is great, but not on the same level as ios.

121. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

iOS is a weaker OS made for a weaker spec'd phone. iOS would be even faster on a Samsung Galaxy S II then the iPhone 4. Android is a pure multitasking OS. It needs a very powerful phone to run, an iPhone 4 just can't run Android. It's too weak spec wise, it looks nice but nice looks can't make you run such an intense OS like Android. The iPhone 4 might, be able to run Android 2.1 Eclair & that is a big maybe. You can forget Froyo, & most definitely Gingerbread. What are you talking about not on the same level as iOS, it should be that iOS is not on the same level as Android. bucky that is a very curious comment by you!

125. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SAE, thats completly untrue. The iphone4 uses the same internals as the GalaxyS, which is to say a Samsung Hummingbird processor, which is the strongest single core processor available (with a weaker GPU that is). Does the iphone4 need that? no, not at all. Im pretty sure the only time the processor is running at max is when a 3D game is on. Since my GalaxyS runs flawlessly with android 2.3.4 in it, id have to assume the i4 would do the same... lol

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If Apple only releases a warmed over iPhone 4S (or whatever they end up calling it), I wonder what the 41% who are wanting to buy the iPhone 5 are going to do? Keep waiting? Or, maybe heresy of heresy, buy an Android handset?

27. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Even if they do most people don't give a damn about how many GHZ a phone has, so to answer your question, not too many that already want one will be steered the other way. I for one will get a WP device, not an Android.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if u read the full report, it answers that question. if i remember correctly it said it drops down to like 11% will buy if its only the 4s.

42. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Well if I were Google would pray that Apple decided to push the iPhone release back 3 months just to release the same phone with a spec boost. (Not likely though.)

118. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why would google care? they make their money on search and integrated services. They win if android is #1 or iOS is #1.

2. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

all these reports and studys are just useless..some say android is going up or down another says ios is going up or down...well so called expert who do this..what is it....anyways one thing for sure the iphone if released will be super hit...the fact that the iphone 4 has been out for 16 month more people are even more eager for the next iphone....ny guess is they will easily sell about 25million a quater..

11. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Okay like less than half of the people are actually gonna go in to the store and buy an iphone. The rest will go to android and 5 percent to wp7

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

PhoneArena, please stop posting survey articles. You're practically inviting the flamewar.

9. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

You are right PA do be on some b.s with these dam survey articles.knowing dam well its going to start the war good job PA

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Flame wars drive the eyeball count metrics northward. Be glad that PA hasn't increased the number of Apple-related articles on the site. IMO, PA does a pretty good job of balancing the Apple-related articles with non-Apple articles.

4. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Wow it has been 16 months already. Let's see what they come up with. I am waiting for Nexus Galaxy Prime whatever they going to call it.

5. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

flame on lol

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1747; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Wow five minutes six comments and I bet some are being wrote while I type. Apple news always seems to have huge coment sections

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