Apple is set to get a lot of buyers for the iPhone 5 if new data turns out to be prophetic.
According to a survey conducted by TechBargains, 74 percent of current iPhone 4 owners have said that they will buy the iPhone 5 as an upgrade.
Furthermore, the results of the survey conducted by the deals site indicate that a lot of owners of other models of the iPhone are will also buy the iPhone 5 after it is released.
The results show that 67 percent of current iPhone 4S owners while 71 percent of iPhone 3GS owners say they will buy the iPhone 5.
Of iPhone 4 owners, 17 percent said they are undecided and 9 percent said no. Of all the Apple iPhone 3GS owners surveyed, 20 percent were undecided and 9 percent said no. Meanwhile, 19 percent of iPhone 4S owners were undecided while 17 percent said they won’t be buying the iPhone 5.
Owners of smartphones powered by other mobile platforms also indicate they will jump ship. About 2 in 5 BlackBerry smartphone users say they will buy the next iPhone and 22 percent of Android users say the same thing.
Also an added bonus for Apple is the fact that many first time smartphone buyers want the iPhone 5. The survey reveals that 32 percent of first time smartphone shoppers will buy the iPhone 5.
Of Android smartphone owners, 27 percent said they are still to decide whether to get the iPhone 5 while more than half (51 percent) said they won’t be getting the next iPhone. Thirty two percent of BlackBerry owners said they were undecided while 30 percent said no.
Thirty five percent of non-smartphone owners said they are still thinking about it while 44 percent said they will not buy the iPhone 5.
The survey which got 1,332 responses had 45 percent say they plan to buy the new iPhone when it is released.
Of this 45 percent, 5 percent said they will wait in line the very day it is released. Expect to see lines at Apple stores.
Meanwhile, 16 percent said they will buy the iPhone 5 online as soon as it is available while 24 percent indicated that they do not have a specific time frame when they will buy the next iPhone.
There are also a lot of people Apple could convince to buy the iPhone as TechBargains says that 24 percent said they are undecided. The survey revealed, however, that 31 percent said no to the iPhone 5.
As for reasons those who said yes indicated as to why they will buy the next Apple smartphone, 65 percent said they want to upgrade their current iPhone, 29 percent said no phone compares to an iPhone, 28 percent said they like to purchase the newest products, 14 percent said they want to switch from Android, 11 percent said that their friends and family recommend the iPhone and 7 percent said they want to own a second iPhone.
Particularly interesting is the 14 percent who said they want to abandon Android and go to the iPhone. Those wondering why all of that does not add up to 100 percent, the survey allowed for more than one answer so those surveyed could have answered a combination of those reasons.
Of those who said no, TechBargains said that 53 percent said that their current smartphones are enough and that they do not need an upgrade, 35 percent said the iPhone is too expensive and 29 percent said they do not see the need for an iPhone.
Noteworthy is the 38 percent of respondents who said no and said that they want an Android phone and not the next iPhone.
Furthermore, a reason which may be linked to the various issues Apple has been a part of is the 19 percent who said they will not buy the iPhone 5 because they hate Apple.
If Apple wants to convince more people to buy the iPhone 5, the survey also asked those undecided to list why they are still thinking whether to buy the next iPhone.
TechBargains said that 41 percent said they are not sure if they need a new iPhone, 34 percent said that the price of an iPhone will be too expensive for them, 22 percent said the iPhone 5 will likely not be a major upgrade from the iPhone 4S, and 4 percent are convinced that technology moves so quickly that they are waiting for the iPhone 6.
It might also help is Apple includes these features in the next iPhone. According to the survey, 93 percent said they want a longer battery life in the next iPhone.
Ninety percent said they want a faster processor while 83 percent said they want 4G LTE. A bigger screen might also help as 76 percent indicated they want that feature.
Meanwhile, 69 percent indicated that they want a microSD slot in the iPhone 5 while 67 percent want the device to be thinner than current iPhone models.
The survey also revealed that 66 percent want the iPhone 5 to be lighter, 60 percent want it to be metal or steel black while 60 percent want a better Siri.
As for pricing, 51 percent said they believe the starting price for the iPhone 5 if purchased with a contract from a carrier will be $199 while 20 percent said they think it will be $249 while “nearly 1 in 5” say it will be $299.
Most surveyed (79 percent) also believe that the iPhone 5 will be equipped with a bigger display while 68 percent say it will be thinner and lighter.
“When it comes to smartphones, Apple’s iPhone remains the leader,” TechBargains President and Editor in Chief Yung Trang said in a statement about the survey.
The late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is said to have “worked closely” on the iPhone 5 design.
iPhone 5 renderings from Martin uit Utrecht on Flickr