iPhone 5 demand high ahead of unveiling

A survey found that 41 percent of mobile users in North America and Canada plan to buy Apple's new iPhone

The new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce on Oct. 4 is already on the shopping list of many BlackBerry and Android users. Research from InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, found that 41 percent of mobile users in North America and Canada plan to buy the new iPhone.

The study found that more than half of BlackBerry users polled are planning to switch to the iPhone 5, and some 27 percent of Android owners are willing to do the switch, alongside 51 percent of current iPhone users. If these figures prove to be true, it could be the most successful phone launch for Apple to date.

Out of the potential switchers, the study says that more than 50 percent of respondents said they would buy the iPhone 5 within the first six months of availability. This could help Apple increase its market share from 27 percent in June to a dominant 41 percent, the study predicts.

Before you read too much into these numbers, InMobi's study refers to the iPhone 5 based on speculation that the new device would be an all-new iPhone, featuring a larger screen and a new design. An iPhone 4S -- a slightly improved iPhone 4 on the inside -- would not fare as well with consumers, according to the study. In that case, less than 15 percent of consumers would be willing to drop their Androids (11 percent) and BlackBerrys (28 percent) for a new iPhone.

Android devices have outsold iPhones 2-to-1 in the past three months, according to a Nielsen survey this week. Nielsen is also weary of the impending iPhone launch, saying "Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales."

Follow Daniel Ionescu and Today @ PCWorld on Twitter

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesAppleiPhonePhonesconsumer electronicsRIM BlackBerryiPhone 5

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?