updated 11:44 pm EDT, Tue September 4, 2012
Three in four existing iPhone users expect to upgrade
According to a survey by Techbargains.com, one in five users who identified as Android users plan on replacing their current handset with Apple's next iPhone. The survey population of 1,300 indicated that most smartphone customers are seeking longer battery life, a faster phone, and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. MicroSD, a common Android phone feature, was the least popular feature, behind a larger touchscreen.
Other details of the survey include a similar enthusiasm for the forthcoming "iPhone 5" as there was for the new iPad, but with a higher percentage of users saying that they wouldn't buy the iPhone and fewer undecided. More than half of the surveyed population have no specific timeframe of repurchase, but 10 percent said they will wait in line the day of release.
Many current iPhone users are looking at buying the new model. A whopping 74 percent of iPhone 4 owners say they will purchase the new phone, as a large percentage of original purchasers are eligible for on-contract device replacement. A similar percentage, 71 percent, of iPhone 3GS users are looking at upgrading. Unexpectedly, 64 percent of iPhone 4S owners surveyed say they will purchase an iPhone 5.
One in three BlackBerry owners, along with people who don't yet have a smartphone, will jump ship to Apple, according to the survey. Android phones had the highest loyalty, but with a surprisingly high 22 percent saying they will likely get the new Apple device.