Demand for the Apple iPhone 5 is down, but handset still rules

Demand for the Apple iPhone 5 is down, but handset still rules
The latest report from ChangeWave has been released showing the state of the U.S. smartphone market up on a quarterly basis from March 2008 through the end of last year. What the data shows, and it really might not qualify as a surprise, is that demand for the Apple iPhone and for Samsung branded models, peaks around the time that the phone is released. Take the Apple iPhone 5. Right after the launch of the Apple iPhone 5, a whopping 71% of those looking to buy a new smartphone said that they would buy a new iPhone sometime in the next 90 days after responding to the survey. Almost immediately afterward, that number plunged to 50%. Similar activity took place at the time of the launch of the Apple iPhone 3G, Apple iPhone 3GS, Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4S.

While the pattern is similar for Korean based manufacturer Samsung, the latter is seeing demand for its latest flagship model return to fresh highs much quicker than Apple. For example, while it normally takes 4 to 5 months for demand to start building up for the Apple iPhone after the launch of the latest model, Samsung saw demand for the Samsung Galaxy S III soar to new highs just one month after dropping. This would seem to mean that Apple iPhone buyers go with the crowd more than those buying Samsung's flagship model.

And lastly, some good news for Windows Phone 8 users. The latest ChangeWave survey found 54% of those using a device powered by Microsoft's mobile OS to be "Very Satisfied." That compares with 48% of Android users who would say that about Google's open source OS. The leader was iOS with 71% of its users characterizing themselves as "Very Satisfied."

source: SlashGear


Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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52 Comments

1. nwright94 unregistered

I'm excited to see how the Galaxy s4 will do with sales this year, Apple really needs to step it up with iOS 7. Hardware is not so important at the moment as the software experience.

3. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I highly doubt it will sell more than that or note 3 just because im not seeing anything from them at all

45. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

The reason why the iPhone demand is delayed is simply because of the price. In most markets it launches at ridicuous prices ($1000 +) and it takes 4-5 months to become reasonable.

2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

^^ Agree 100%

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How is the hand set still rules? and people finally realize it's the SAME POS phone year after year pretty soon they will end up like RIM well eventually

6. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Like RIM? U must be crazy, Apple ios is bore because it is same thing last five year but still very well constructive and still very modern..........

11. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

No offense, but I bet RIM thought that too, right before the bottom fell out......

48. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

That's the same question I asked... How does it rule when not as people want it anymore...?

5. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

All seniors realized and getting caught up with new trend of Android having to offer over the globe.

7. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

or wp8.........android isnt the only other choice

12. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Apple and Google can underestimate WP8 at their own risk. With some time to mature like Android and iOS have had, it could very well threaten them both.

34. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

And Microsoft has all the money they need to stay in The Game of Phones long enough to evolve the Windows Phone and leave consumers interested in experiencing the system. This capacity for long-term investment is what Nokia did not had for invest in MeeGo...

18. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

The thumbs down on chaoticrazor's comment here is just proof there is a hater of his lurking about. WP8 is a legit smartphone OS. Just an observation.

39. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Actually the thumbs down you noticed on chaoticrazor has little to do with the comment itself. Although I didn't thumb him down, I've observed he is particularly critical of android fans on Phonearena & often very quick to shoot them down. He's quite a judgmental fellow and pro anything-but-android. One of the many interesting character's on here really :-)

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Spot on. If i don like i just don use or wait for it to get better. Been a fanboy limit one own choice. I prefer to use what suit my need rather than blindly follow a brand.

50. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

so wrong, i like android i hate android fanboys, look at my comments i never say android is crap. i say its not perfect and that people want choice but android fanboys scream choice only if it revolves around you guessed it android so to sum up android fanboys are out of hand on here and yeah i shoot them down btw im pro-tech, i use what i like and dont put myself in these tragic camps

51. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You like to make a lot of assumption. Within 3 years, i have use nokia symbian check out windows 7 and found their marketplace lacking move on to iOS and was great still i find them repeating same things over and over and their lawsuit also put down my interest. Finally android which i think is better than the rest for the moment. I will move on eventually to some thing better. I check out the windows 8 store it really lacking so no deal for now. I like to buy tech and currently own 8 mobile devices. Android still my favorite at the moment. Chaoticrazor, you are a clueless fan boy. That sum it up.

52. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Well your comments do come across like you have some kind of agenda against android most often. My apologies for assuming your displeasure with android fans on this site equates displeasure for the android OS. If I may ask so what OS do you favour of all and why? I've used android since 2009 and greatly appreciate the development to date.The speed of development is insane and I give credit to Google because despite the introduction of other mobile OS's (which is a very good thing) the promise of the future of android does not seem to stop and this I feel is largely due to the open nature or concept chosen by Google for its development. I'd only consider a OS that's able to offer this because using android does make one feel like a part of something. (I suppose you can dismiss all that I'm saying as the delusion of another fanboy) but unashamedly I sometimes forgive the overly excited viewpoints of some folks who comment on here whether android, IOS, BB, or WP because its funny, informative & entertaining to read user opinion & "their" experiences with "choice" devices & manufacturers.

42. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I not eager to buy M$ after using windows for the past 15 year right from windows 3.1 to windows 7. I also have xbox 360 for the past 4 years. My M$ experience suck as i am charge a premium for mediocre products. Very happy with Goggle and Android at the moment just glad that open source has finally has a fighting chance against M$ greed. M$ fanboy and employee are free to love their company, i am happy for the choices both provide.

8. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

For a site constantly being accused of bias towards apple, there sure are a lot of insecure android fans on it.

9. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

So funny They think US as whole world I guess Samsung dominates Korean market over Apple product So Korean can say Samsung handset still rulls? Then maybe bunch of US people think it's only in Korea AM I right? Please US people and so-called professionals... The world is so much bigger than you think

47. willard12 unregistered

Is this website in English or Hongul?

10. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i think because people start to realize that the iPhone's price is ridiculously high while good or even better alternatives are cheaper. the iPhone is a great phone no doubt and it works great for a lot of people, but it's not the greatest and people are starting to realize that. :)

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

whats funny is most who have an iphone dont think its the greatest (there are some that go over the top but thats the same with any phone and os)

22. wendygarett unregistered

I never think my iPhone is greatest :) I'm not that kind of people who afraid to lose and obsolete...

14. wendygarett unregistered

"and lastly, some good news for Windows Phone 8 users. The latest ChangeWave survey found 54% of those using a device powered by Microsoft's mobile OS to be "Very Satisfied." That compares with 48% of Android users who would say that about Google's open source OS. The leader was iOS with 71% of its users characterizing themselves as "Very Satisfied." best statement ever :)

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wendy, keep in mind that every iOS phone was built and released as a top product of the line. Android otoh, has a huge array of devices to get that average from.. and big part of it are dirt cheap entry level phones that don't exactly offer a flawless experience.

17. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Yes indeed. Beware the $.99 phone and the free after rebate phone lol. Just are not likely to last til that 20 month upgrade date.

19. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Again Don't give me USAism theory as it is standard And Im so sure Google OS is available in so many different divices(including cheap phones) whereas iOS and MS mostly flagships User satisfaction is really high on those android phones of Galaxy Note2, Droid DNA, Xperias, Optimus G etc.. I reckon it's more than 80% Sometimes Non-educated is better than Shallow-educated

21. wendygarett unregistered

And Im so sure Google OS is available in so many different divices(including cheap phones) whereas iOS and MS mostly flagships I don't think so, the iPhone has made a boring product with the very tiny screen with no nfc... USA theory? Yup that's the one I agree... The reason why ios get much satisfaction is because of the services of the US Apple store... I'm very envious for that since I'm not in US I don't have this treatment... By showing the Apple care, you can get the replacement of your phone in no time... Don't you know that?

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