Nearly Two Out of Three American Smartphone Owners Do Not Plan to Purchase the New iPhone

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Almost 70 Percent of Those Not Planning to Purchase Say a Less Expensive Price Would Have No Effect on Their Decision, According to New Research from BiTE interactive

Ahead of Apple’s highly-anticipated next iPhone announcement on September 10, new research reveals nearly two in three Americans (65 percent of all Americans, 59 percent of all current smartphone-owning Americans) would definitely or probably not purchase the new iPhone 5S expected to be revealed on Tuesday. Further, only three percent of all Americans (5 percent of all current smartphone-owning Americans) said they would buy as soon as it is launched. The findings were released today in the “2013 iPhone Anticipation Report” from BiTE interactive, the mobile application specialist for Fortune 1000 brands, which commissioned YouGov to poll the views of a representative sample of 1,087 American adults online between September 3-4. The data also showed that a less expensive model would not significantly alter the purchase decision – 68 percent of those who are not planning on purchasing the new iPhone said that a less expensive version would have no effect on their decision.

Additional key findings uncovered a number of interesting differences and a high degree of brand loyalty among Android and iPhone users. The data includes:

  • Android owners were more than twice as likely as iPhone owners to say they probably or definitely would not buy the new iPhone (76 to 32 percent, respectively).
  • Current iPhone owners were five times more likely than Android owners to say they would buy the new iPhone immediately or wait until they were eligible to upgrade (41 to 8 percent, respectively).

“We expected initial consumer enthusiasm over the iPhone 5S to be low,” said Joseph Farrell, EVP Operations, BiTE interactive, whose firm commissioned the research to gain a better understanding of the market demands for the new phone and the new operating system. “The S-models generally tend to be a minor model improvement which understandably generates less consumer excitement. However, we at BiTE think consumers will be excited in the coming months when they see the vast mobile commerce opportunities enabled by features such as the fingerprint scanner. This feature heralds the real beginning of mobile as a mass market transnational device.”

Most wanted new iPhone features
The research also asked current non-iPhone owners which features would make them most likely to switch from their current device to the new iPhone. Twenty percent of all respondents indicated that better hardware would make them switch (30 percent for Android owners, specifically) and 19 percent would switch if battery life were significantly longer (similarly, 30 percent for Android.)

“While the data into features gives us a great deal of insight into what non-iPhone users care about when they think of switching, it’s also important to note the strong (41 percent) amount of current iPhone owners that are planning on upgrading to the new model,” added Brant DeBow, EVP of Technology, BiTE interactive. “Part of iOS’ continued growth has been turning new customers into repeat customers. It’s a great sign for Apple that a good amount of their existing base is interested in the new phone before the specifics are even announced.”

Farrell added, “Overall, the data underscores that if Apple’s goal with the release of a lower-cost iPhone were to increase U.S market share, the iPhone 5C would be a serious concern. With U.S. carriers subsidizing mobile phone purchases with multiyear contracts, the U.S. consumer is understandably far less interested in a lower cost iPhone. But that’s not Apple’s objective,” said Farrell. “Offering a lower priced iPhone to customers represents a powerful move to capture international markets especially in Europe, China and India where carrier phone subsidies are banned or non-existent. With U.S. smartphone penetration approaching 65 percent, a potential iPhone 5C opens vast territories for Apple to effectively continue the iPhone’s and iOS’ expansion.”

To learn more about the data, contact Josie Cruz at josie(at)bite-interactive(dot)com.

Research methodology
BiTE interactive commissioned YouGov Plc to poll the views of a representative sample of 1,087 U.S. adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between September 3-4, 2013. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all U.S. adults (aged 18+).

About BiTE interactive
BiTE interactive is a team of experienced problem-solvers skilled in native mobile application development. BiTE partners with Fortune 1000 brands who believe that an app is more than a handsome icon and revenue opportunity and instead, a revolutionary new way to meet the needs and challenges their customers face.

BiTE helps its partners conceptualize, develop and manage the entire mobile application development process–from creative and strategy, business analysis and analytics to launch day. During the process, BiTE offers a unique and resource-saving technology, BiteCore, which empowers its partners to avoid compromise and enjoy the power and functionality of native apps while also gaining the flexibility found in cross-platform mobile apps. Ultimately, BiTE strives to deliver apps for their partners that focus on the details and creativity that keeps their customers hiring those apps again and again.

BiTE interactive’s team is comprised of senior, seasoned digital geeks and cultural freaks passionate about the opportunity mobility holds for both companies and their customers. The company holds many decades of experience combined in mobile application development. BiTE was co-founded by Joseph Farrell and Brant DeBow in 2008.

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