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iPhone is Owned By Lots of High School Kids, Survey Says

The iPhone has never been the cheapest phone to own, with each model generally retailing between $99-$399 with a two-year contract agreement…so it’s a bit surprising that iPhone owners are spread out across many different income levels. It’s even more surprising that apparently a lot of high schoolers own an iPhone. Yet that’s exactly what a recent survey tells us.

According to Piper Jaffey surveyer Gene Munster, of 5,600 students he surveyed this spring, a whopping 34% of these students owned an iPhone. Not only that, but another 40% of the non-iPhone owning students said that they plan on getting the device within the next six months.

Both numbers are higher than previous surveys that Munster recorded. Back in the Fall of 2011, the percentage of high schoolers who owned an iPhone stood at 23% and the percentage of those who planned on buying the device within six months was at 38%. That means 11% more high schoolers have purchased the iconic Apple device over the last six months.

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So what’s to blame for the dramatic increase? Well, there’s two factors at play here. The first is the availability of the iPhone. With the iPhone 4S, the iPhone is now available on all three U.S. cellular networks, which means students who are on their parents’ Sprint plan were able to switch to the iPhone.

The second thing at play here is that the iPhone is getting cheaper to own. Previously an iPhone would cost at least $99, even if it was used or very old; now the cheapest iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, costs less than a dollar with a two year contract. The iPhone 4 can now be had for between $49-$99. That means many students who previously could not afford to own an iPhone now can.

One thing to consider is that this number should only continue to rise in the future. It’s clear that the iPhone is considered to be one of the most desirable smartphones in the world, if not the most desirable. High schoolers who want to have the most popular items will continue to choose the iPhone when given the choice. And with the upcoming release of the iPhone 5, it’s likely that the ownership percentage could double within a year.

iPhone Is Most Popular Smartphone for AT&T and Sprint

Given the fact that the iPhone is still trailing Android in terms of what smartphone is in more hands in the United States and around the world, it’s a bit surprising to hear that the iPhone is actually doing really well for AT&T and iPhone newcomer Sprint. How well is the iPhone doing for the two cell phone giants? According to a recent analyst’s findings, the iPhone is actually outselling all other smartphones on the two carriers’ networks.

Based on Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley’s month to month comparison, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 now account for the majority of smartphone sales on AT&T and Sprint. What’s more, Walkley says that the iPhone is “selling at roughly equal volume to all android smartphones at Verizon.” Considering how Android-heavy Verizon’s store is, this is particularly impressive.

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According to Walkley, the second most popular AT&Y and Sprint smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy S II–no surprise given how Apple and Samsung have been in a big battle for smartphone supremacy  over the past couple years.

AT&T recently came out and said that roughly 80.8% of the total 9.4 million smartphones AT&T sold during the fourth quarter of 2011 were iPhones, so to hear that the iPhone 4S accounts for so many of AT&T’s smartphone sales isn’t surprising. What is surprising is how fast the iPhone has been adapted by Sprint users. The iPhone 4S and 4 both aren’t 4G LTE phones, and one of Sprint’s main marketing strategies is to play up on the fact that they have a large, unlimited 4G LTE network for Sprint customers to use. They also have a large offering of 4G LTE Android phones. When looking at these two things, it would be expected to see Android dominating Sprint. However, that’s not the case.

As for Verizon, the popular cell phone carrier has only carried the iPhone for a little over a year now. Like Sprint, they, too, have a large offering of Android phones. However, the iPhone is quickly being adapted by Verizon users as they join the network or renew their contract. With the planned 4G LTE iPhone 5, it wouldn’t surprise us to see the iPhone become the most popular Verizon smartphone as well.

iPhone Now Beating BlackBerry In Canada

It’s been a rough few years for Research In Motion (RIM), who manufacture the BlackBerry line of phones and tablets–and it looks like it’s gotten a lot rougher. Despite being based in Canada and having formerly dominated the country, Blackberry is no longer the top dog: for the first time ever, more iPhones are sold and used in the country than are BlackBerry phones.

Stats released by renowned financial paper Bloomberg show that RIM shipped a considerably smaller number of BlackBerry phones during 2011 than Apple’s shipment of iPhones. According to the statistics, Apple shipped an estimated 2.85 million iPhones in Canada during 2011, while RIM shipped just 2.08 million BlackBerry phones–that’s a 770,000 phone difference, for those keeping track at home.

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These numbers just add to the pattern of RIM’s downward spiral. After outselling and outshipping iPhone by a 5 to 1 ratio in 2008 in Canada, RIM’s dominance slowly declined and in 2010, RIM only held a 500,000 lead over the iPhone.

So what’s behind this large decline for RIM and substantial increase for iPhone? Well, it can be attributed to three things. The first is the fact that BlackBerry’s OS hasn’t changed much over the years, and many users are simply looking for something new.

The second thing that is aiding the iPhone in its cause to dominate Canada is the fact that the iPhone is now more suitable for business use than ever before. RIM’s bread and butter, so to speak, has always been that the BlackBerry is a very stable business device, and now that the iPhone continues to become more reliable for business applications, RIM no longer has that advantage.

The third thing (and perhaps the most important) is Apple’s introduction of a new, even better iPhone each year. The original iPhone was rather limited in terms of business-ready features; last year’s iPhone 4S, which shattered sales records, can do pretty much anything a business professional would need their device to do.

Sadly for RIM, with the expected release of the iPhone 5 this year, we’d expect that iPhone will take an even more dominant lead in Canada this year.

Verizon and AT&T Sell the Most Apple iPhones

Since the original Apple iPhone’s release way back in 2007, tens of millions of iPhones have been sold all over the world. Although we’ve always known the rough sales number for each iPhone, ranging from the iPhone 3G to last year’s iPhone 4S, we haven’t really heard too much about what stores sell the largest amount of iPhones…until now.

That’s because the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) group has collected enough data to determine who’s selling the most iPhones–and some of the data is surprising. According to CIRP, AT&T is the leader with an estimated 32% of all iPhone sales coming from AT&T stores.

And despite only offering an iPhone since 2011, Verizon already accounts for 30% of iPhone sales. It’s not really that surprising that the two largest cell phone carriers are selling so many iPhones, but it is surprising that one retailer is selling nearly as many iPhones as the official Apple Store.

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According to CIRP, Best Buy is now selling 13% of all iPhones, as compared with the 15% of iPhones sold by the Apple Store. Sprint, which began selling iPhones last year, now makes up 7% of iPhone sales. Other retailers, such as Walmart and Target, make up just 3% of iPhone sales.

What’s interesting about the Best Buy vs. Apple Store data in particular is that Best Buy has generally had a very limited amount of iPhones available during launch, while the Apple Store typically has the largest amount of iPhones available. And even after launch, it’s usually much easier to find iPhone at the Apple Store than it is to find it at a retailer like Best Buy. So it’s very surprising that Best Buy is just about matching Apple in terms of sales–and we expect that things will get even more interesting once the iPhone 5 hits stores this summer or fall. Perhaps Best Buy will overtake the Apple Store with regards to sales?

iPhone 4S Reports Excellent Sales In Q4 2011

Apple was losing some market share to the Android devices before Q4 2011. But a recent report from Nielson reports that Apple is very much back in game. No points for guessing that the iPhone 4S should be credited for the jump in sales. Before the iPhone 4S, Apple had a market share of 25.1 percent. The Nielson report came out with a figure of 44.5 percent for Apple Smartphone’s. This is a significant jump from the pre iPhone 4S times. Although there was some criticism for iPhone 4S, it came out trumps.

iPhone 4S helped in increasing 77% iPhone salesiPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S helped in scaling up the iPhone sales to 77% in Q4 says the report from Nielson. The dip in iPhone sales was owing to the fact that the people were expecting the iPhone 5 to show up. Although Apple came out with an iPhone 4S instead, people seem to still love it.

Android is still the leader when it comes mobile operating systems. But they have seen a decline from their past results. Android has a 46.3 percent share in the US and they previously had a 61.6% share in October 2011. So this is a sharp decline in shares for Android. On the other hand, the release of iOS 5 led to Apple closing in on Android.

iPhone 4S preferred by 60% iPhone users

Well this number again points to the fact that the iPhone 4S has been well received by the public in general. The iPhone 4S came out with an improved processor and retina display. Also, Siri (voice virtual assistant) was an instant hit with the masses.

Blackberry is not looking good with its 4.5% share, a fall from 7.7% in October. The much publicized Windows Mango was lagging way behind with a meager 1.3% market share which is less than even Nokia’s now abandoned Symbian OS which has a 1.4% market share.

iPhone 5 And iPad 3 To Be The Only Releases In 2012 From Apple

So we have another prediction from another reliable source regarding the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012. In a recent note to investors by Gene Munster analyst Piper Jaffray announced the predictions for Apple in the year 2012. AppleInsider was the first to report Piper Jaffray’s note to the investors. Piper Jaffray gave a sneak peek into what kind of revenue Apple will be able to generate in 2012 and even came up with some solid figures in terms of sales units.

iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to be only 2012 Apple productsiPhone 5

If we are to believe what Piper Jaffray says, and we have no reason not to believe; a redesigned iPhone 5 and the new iPad 3 are the only Apple products that will be launched in 2012. There were some speculations that a miniscule version of the iPad, “iPad Mini” will be launched to counter attack Kindle Fire sales. But now that Piper says that there will be iPhone 5 and iPad 3 and no iPad mini, many rumors are put to rest.

Piper Jaffray also went on to say that in the year 2012, there was no “new” iPhone released and the iPhone 4s was essentially just an upgraded iPhone 4. 2012 will mark the launch of 2 completely new devices, the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5. These will be fresh products built from the ground up and are sure to rake in Apple some decent sales.

iPhone 5 sales – “Base case” and “Bull case” scenario

The investor’s note also had Piper Jaffray give a “base case” and “bull case” scenario. In the base case, he says that Apple will be able to sell 142 million iPhone units through 2013 and the more optimistic “bull case” scenario will have Apple sell 162 million iPhone units.

The bull case scenario is a significant 35% jump in iPhone sales and even the base case predicts an 18% rise. The iPhone 5 will be one very good iGadget and with Apple’s track record, we can say that this will be something we have never experienced.