Research shows iPhone 5 more highly anticipated than predecessor

With Apple’s iPhone 5 rumoured to be just around the corner, researchers have found that anticipation for the smartphone is higher than its high selling predecessor, the iPhone 4.

BGR reports that research done by RBC Capital Markets shows that in a survey of 2200 people, 31% responded that they were practically certain they were going to buy an iPhone 5 - an increase on the 25% that said they were likely to buy the iPhone 4 last year. Mike Abramsky, the analyst in charge of research also found that a monstrous 66% of current iPhone 4 users plan to upgrade to the newer generation model, despite not knowing any specifics about the new handset.

RBC has previously predicted how many units they believed Apple would ship of the iPhone 5, however in light of the new research, Abramsky said that they have now revised their predictions accordingly, changing from an estimated 24.4 million units to a bigger 27 million in the first-quarter. Within 2012 its thought Apple will ship a predicted 110 million new generation iPhones – a figure that will likely be helpful to new CEO Tim Cook in gaining new supporters.

Despite high demand, the survey shows that the majority of consumers would not change their carrier in order to get a specific phone, in this case the iPhone 5. 54% of polled Sprint customers said that they would likely buy the iPhone 5 if it came to the carrier. Similarly, 53% of T-mobile customers said the exact same thing which could be good news for Apple as rumours suggest that the iPhone 5 will be available on both carriers upon release.

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From what I've seen from those around me, many people that were excited about their Android devices before aren't so enthusiastic now, and are more willing to try out the iPhone (if they haven't before) or go back to it even. And given all these rumors of Sprint and T-Mobile, I'm sure Apple will make a crap ton of money if the iPhone 5 is released to them.

I got an iPhone 4 on Verizon in July. Next year I'll upgrade. Which ever has 4g. My area doesn't have 4g yet. To the north,south east and west have it, but we don't.

Dane said,
I got an iPhone 4 on Verizon in July. Next year I'll upgrade. Which ever has 4g. My area doesn't have 4g yet. To the north,south east and west have it, but we don't.

Most likely you'll have to wait for the iPhone 6 for 4G LTE.

Now we all know that iPhone 5 will suck. That's why Apple need to employ some hobo to do "researches" using a skewed and questionable "statistics" to convince people that iPhone 5 is a must-have. Pretty pathetic...

BK201 said,
Now we all know that iPhone 5 will suck. That's why Apple need to employ some hobo to do "researches" using a skewed and questionable "statistics" to convince people that iPhone 5 is a must-have. Pretty pathetic...

People like you are so one eyed. Did you even bother to look who the people were who did the survey? These 'hobo's which Apple has "employed" (lol) aren't some tiny company from the middle of nowhere with no experience in this sort of thing..

https://www.rbccm.com/

I just get whatever's good when my contract is up. I got a 3GS now, and I'll be getting an iPhone 5 when my contract is up. I didn't rush out to get an iPhone 4 because it would defeat the purpose of going with a big carrier for the subsidized phone prices if I had to pay extra for it, and have to lock myself into AT&T again. The cool thing is I'll have a choice of at least 3 carriers that have the iPhone 5 when the time comes.

I am anxious to upgrade my wifes iPhone, she has the 3GS right now. As for me, I'll wait for my contract to expire before deciding what my next WP7.x phone will be. Hopefully Mango will keep me happy until I can get another device.

She's the Apple fan in the house... buying her tech toys means I get tech toys with minimal grief. Call me a sheep if you must, I call it survival!

I think Apple would surprise us. They have taken so long, must be that much "special", or something.

FMH said,
I think Apple would surprise us. They have taken so long, must be that much "special", or something.

Not necessarily. I was under the impression that one of the major reasons for the delay was due to the earthquakes in Japan.

I own a 3GS and my contract runs out early next year, so I'll look around what's on offer by then. What I'm looking forward to most is improvements to the 3GS camera -- I've long been tempted by the iPhone 4 because of that. But, again, I'm on a contract.

I'll probably check the Android phones on offer when it's time, but I've grown so accustomed to the iOS ecosystem of apps that I'll probably have a hard time switching.

Northgrove said,
I own a 3GS and my contract runs out early next year, so I'll look around what's on offer by then. What I'm looking forward to most is improvements to the 3GS camera -- I've long been tempted by the iPhone 4 because of that. But, again, I'm on a contract.

I'll probably check the Android phones on offer when it's time, but I've grown so accustomed to the iOS ecosystem of apps that I'll probably have a hard time switching.

The iPhone 4 camera upgrade was a pretty nice upgrade from the 3GS camera. The pictures taken from the 3GS definitely look like cell phone pictures, where as the shots taken with 4 look like they are taken with a low-end point and shoot camera. The led flash they have on the 4 is just terrible though. Its so bad that I don't think they should have even included it.

iPhone 5 will no doubt have a better rear and front camera as there isn't much else anticipated as an improvement over 4. Maybe memory and proc speed bump (A5) and perhaps a new look. I doubt we will see a higher resolution.

I'll be skipping the next iPhone but I wouldn't be surprised if iOS 5 slows down the 4 to the point that I want an upgrade.

so 66% of them are lemmings?..... how can you know if you want to upgrade or not without knowing what you are upgrading to

that's like me saying oh I defintaly will go to windows 9 when it comes out... not knowing one fact about it yet (yes windows 9)

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
so 66% of them are lemmings?..... how can you know if you want to upgrade or not without knowing what you are upgrading to

that's like me saying oh I defintaly will go to windows 9 when it comes out... not knowing one fact about it yet (yes windows 9)

I think you need to re-read.

It says 66% PLAN on upgrading. I PLAN on upgrading to Windows 9 whenever it comes out.

You can count me in on the 66% that PLAN on upgrading to the iPhone 5 whenever it comes out. Obviously, if the iPhone 5 is disappointing or just a slight bump from the iPhone 4, plans can change.

As an iPhone user who also has an iPad I have to say I'm not as excited as I was. Most of the "cool and new" rumored features have been now rumored to be on the NEXT version leaving the iPhone 4 with a faster processor and a better camera and that's really it.

At this point in time, what's currently rumored not enough for me to swing out my wallet and drop another $400 after Rogers' silly "early upgrade" fee.