Come to the iPhone side: Apple drawing more and more Android users, according to CIRP


Consumer Intelligence Research Partners is an equity securities research company, which surveys consumers and posts up analysis and predictions for the investment community. Its most recent report talks about the trends in Apple iPhone sales and has a couple of interesting points.



The study is based on a 500-person survey conducted among Apple customers who bought an iPhone, iPad, or Mac for the last fiscal quarter (April – June, 2017). It shows that the iPhone is still going strong and users are slowly, but surely, moving their interest towards the larger Plus models — their sales accounted for between 38% and 42% of iPhone sales this past quarter, while it was 32% in June 2016. The lack of a headphone jack is seemingly not an issue, as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus made up for 81% of iPhone sales, as interest for legacy models has dropped drastically.

Out of the iPhone buyers that participated, 34% were upgrading from a much older / smaller iPhone (5s / 5c / SE), 32% were making the jump from a 2-year-old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, 10% were coming from an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The number of Android converts has increased — while in the past 3 quarters, customers who came from an Android handset made up 14% to 17% of iPhone sales, they have grown to 20% in the past quarter.

The study continues to explain that since Apple seems to be moving to a longer upgrade cycle for its iPhones (3 years has been suggested more than once), platform jumpers might be a big part of upcoming iPhones' success.

Source: CIRP via PED30

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33 Comments

1. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

LOL. 500 Apple users say they moved from Android. Is there any other mobile OS to move from ? What a piece of investigative journalism you Appletards.

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Yeah mostly like from the frustration of owning a Sony , Lg or a HTC android phone.

3. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah true

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is a paid survey. So I guess Apple paid for this. That explains everything.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No. I'm pretty sure they all were coming from old, laggy, stinky Samsung phones...lol For most people android is Samsung.

13. 99999

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

No they got fed up with the kids iToy phones with a OS with no features but to swipe left and right Let's are way better than a empty house or a car with half baked features or a person with half brains doped idiot's

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Only to idiots. Samsung is only 300M of the 1B Android devices that will sell this year. So your point which is dumb and false to begin with is stupid. Seeing that Samsung has been selling 300M phones per year since selling 430M just prior, I don;t see that number dropping below 300M anytime soon. How is it thsi survey of 500 people holds any water, yet the trolls such as yourself, claimed a Samsung study of 1.4M people didn't hold any water at all. People switch back and forth. For those 500 that switched to Apple, 100 times as many switched to Android. So the Survey is pointless.

33. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

True. Also, it depends on where the survey is taken, and at what time. The US, and the UK, are very iPhone oriented in general compared to most of the rest of Europe and Asia, which tends to be more Android oriented. Also, if you take a survey close to a major phone launch, you find the statistics change. Most switches happen just as the hot new iPhone or Galaxy launches, simply due to the fact that hype gets crazy, and people are curious to try the new hot phone. I've swithched to an iPhone 6, and switched back a while later, and have known the reverse to happen also. All in all, at least in my wider circle, iPhone is still the most generally used, but more and more people each yeah are switching to Android, and not the other way around.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also in China, Apple's sales in China dropped 14%, which was more than these 500 people Whose crying now...troll?!

32. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

@piyath, it's crazy how true your last statement is. In my experience, for the vast majority out there, it's not an option between iOS and Android, but between Apple and Samsung. That's it. Most don't even understand that a Sony, LG, or any number of other OEMs run Android just the same as a Samsung phone. To most, Android=Samsung, and vice versa.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's even worse: The study is based on a 500-person survey conducted among Apple customers. Out of the iPhone buyers that participated, 34% were upgrading from a much older / smaller iPhone (5s / 5c / SE), 32% were making the jump from a 2-year-old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, 10% were coming from an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh don't cry. This study is very accurate and scientific. The cohort group is very adequate. Truth is Bitter, I know that....LOLLLLZZZZZZ

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

actually it isn't. But go with it, because you will do your utmost to make somethign of nothing. Out of 500 people just over 34% had older iPhones, 32% had iPhone 6 models and 10% had other iPhone 6 models. So out of 100 according to the fact, 75% of them had older iPhone's. So the other 20% is a very small number and had Android phones. Which is exactly what the source states. At the same time in China, Apple sells dropped 14% year over year, which means even more users switched to Android in China alone.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Same time every year as discounts are a plenty. Good journalism

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Thanks to Note 7?

6. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

To be honest for a while I thought of getting an iPhone because all the top tier phones are within the same price range now a days and that could be one of the reasons for the conversion. But the freedom you get with Android can't be matched by IOS that's why I don't think I will ever go to the dark side there is no incentive to do so.

9. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Most people buy iOS just for the ecosystem alone. I like how fluid I can interact with other iOS devices.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I like how fluid I can interact with any device

19. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Savage :D

15. Reus280

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Care to explain? What can you do in the ios ecosystem that you can't with Android? I've never used ios before so I'm genuinely curious.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well for one you can plug an Android phone into any computer and use it like a hard drive. With Apple you can plug an iPhone into any Mac and.... oh wait you can't, you need a dongle.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And even then, it doesn't support mass storage...lol

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha such a joke. The one thing that is great about Microsoft products as an example, is both hardware and software, work very well together and it is the best platform that works with other platforms. Windows is the only platform as an example, that offers some compatibily to Linux, iOS, OS X, Unix, DOS and so many more. iOS offers limited compatibility even within its own ecosystem. Example, the latest iPhone 7's can't even directly connect to the latest Mac's. Yet both are Apple devices. Why should I have to buy a $30 dongle to connect my iPhone 7 to the latest Mac's? That's a compatibility problems. How exactly do iOS devices interact with each other? You mean using AirDrop? Android devices interact through many means. They can talk to each other over WiFi-Direct, Bluetooth, NFC, USB-OTG and more. Oh and even the cheap $100 Android can do this. I can even use my Android device to read any of my storage media, even once formatted in NTFS. Try that with OUR overpriced iOS device.

7. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

To be honest for a while I thought of getting an iPhone because all the top tier phones are within the same price range now a days and that could be one of the reasons for the conversion. But the freedom you get with Android can't be matched by IOS that's why I don't think I will ever go to the dark side there is no incentive to do so.

14. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Is Tim Cook still going up on stage every year saying Android users are leaving in droves to IOS. Apple has 14 or so percent of the world market and very loyal consumer base. Unless they do something crazy and a Oled screen and a file manager is not that, I see that number staying there +- 2%

18. applesnapple93

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

as a user who keeps jumping back and forth. Android is much better for every single thing. Apple keeps sucking me back in for imessage only. undelivered and late text messages are truly annoying.

20. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Without knowing how the migration the other way around is developing, this is a rather meaningless data point.

21. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Misleading article. No mentions about this survey is just for US Market and not Worldwide.

22. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

At some point, half of all smartphones, or more, in the US will be iPhones. It may already be the case. I used to follow comScore on this, but I haven't seen recent comScore data on this for some time.

28. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

They should try the same survey in China...

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