Survey says half of all iPhone users will upgrade to a 5S or 5C immediately

Survey says half of all iPhone users will upgrade to a 5S or 5C immediately
We are just over 12 hours away from Apple's announcement of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which is planned for tomorrow at 11AM PST (1PM EST). As always, that means that current iPhone users will have to decide if the new Apple devices offer enough new features to warrant an upgrade.

According to a recent survey from, almost half of iPhone users are planning to upgrade even before seeing the official announcement from Apple. The survey got about 4,000 respondents, of which 46% said that they were going to purchase either an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C immediately upon release. The other 54% said that they would upgrade eventually, but not right away. The biggest reasons for wanting to upgrade are the promise of better battery life (40% of respondents) and the fingerprint scanner (34%). 

Of course, if nothing else, we would assume that this survey has attracted those who have been following the news and rumors, and have already made up their minds. So, it may be reasonable to assume the survey results can be extrapolated to cover Apple fans; but, we're not sold that a survey like this really gives much insight into all iPhone users. 

source: Venture Beat



1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

4000 people is not a very good survey.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

4,000 people is fine for a survey, the margin of error should be under 5%. HOWEVER, like the article says, this survey is skewed towards a particular demographic of iPhone owners that tends to be more tech-oriented anyways ("we would assume that this survey has attracted those who have been following the news and rumors, and have already made up their minds"). It's not the number of people they surveyed (many more credible surveys have been made using a much sample size), but the type of people they surveyed that lends poor credibility to this survey.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

HAHAHA I CAN'T EDIT COMMENTS AFTER 240 SECONDS!!! HAHAHA PA YOU'RE SOOOOOOOO GREAT!!! OOOOOOOOH THAT'S RICH!!! Ahem... what I meant to say was "many more credible surveys have been made using a much SMALLER sample size." Sheesh PhoneArena... fix this...

32. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

The problem with the survey is location(US or Around the world). PA should make it in the US or something.. Right?

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Actually.... It probably represents a good sample size for the people who are stuck (iTrapped?) on iTunes. iTunes is kind of like the Hotel California - you can check in, but you can never leave. :-(

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You are addicted, you need to join iTunes Anonymous club. :D

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and they are still upgrading to the same phone.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Brace yourselves, the trolls are coming.

29. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I'll go first. Neither phone is an upgrade as Michael claims in his usual fanboy headline. The 5S is practically the same as the 5 and the 5C will probably be a cheap crappy downgrade. I guess we know why Apple is doubling that marketing team...

33. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Yes the new iPhones are almost exactly the same but stats would probably prove that half these current iphone 5 owners who will upgrade will get both the 5s and 5c,after all if its apple you have to get it. Of course these ifans will justify it because apple will convince them there are totally NEW handsets

3. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

just apple advertisement

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520❔.. Now that's BIG news❕❕

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Is it random sample or just baristas visiting to that site?

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

According to PA it's probably just baristas. (Ha, according to the spell-check here "barista" isn't a word!)

5. suavemezie

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Usual hype about iphone lunch

6. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013


40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

same hype same launch.

20. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Wow i can't wait to test out those new girly looking icons on the ios7 UI... I'll take a iphone 5C please, not really feeling all gay about it though.

34. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Are you an Android user? I take it your NOT of those users that caused the iOS7 app to be number 2 in the Google Play charts for like 4 weeks then?

22. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Iphone fans They will always follow apple cause they do not know any other phones other then apple.

23. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

2000 people are pretty stupid

25. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

If iPhone 5c is real then I would definitely get it for my father as ios suits him

30. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

The problem I have with the iPhone is that since its introduction in 2007, it still looks the same in 2013. You would expect the design of the phone to improve i.e. screen size, buttons It is as though Apple are saying, there is no need to improve because it is perfect since 2007. At least design a different style of phone i.e. iPhone 6A, 6G, 6N, 6T with different screen sizes and layout of buttons etc on the phone. .

31. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Go home Iphone. You\'ve been drunk since 2007!

35. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What about people going back to iPhone after owning a SGS4? I\'m in that group...

38. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Too late Apple moved to android! you can be greedy now putting less features and saying twice as fast fooling us all the time and leaving some features to put in the next iPhone greedy pricks.

41. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The worst part is that these sorts of iPhone customers are the worst to call their carrier immediately when the phone is announced. Whether or not they\'re eligible to upgrade. Whether or not the carrier can even pre-order the phone yet. Please. I understand wanting the new phone, but don\'t bother your carrier until at least after the preorders are available. If you\'re really smart you\'ll wait about a month so you can get it just a few days after ordering/in the store. Preorders tend to get to their new owners a week or two AFTER the phones that are purchased once readily available.

42. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Of course they will desperately upgrade. They have been waiting too long. You can\'t hold too long without S#X. :D

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless