Pent up demand could make the so-called iPhone 6 the most popular handset in Apples history. That handset, unfortunately, isnt likely to arrive until September. No matter, say more than a third of prospective U.S. smartphone customers who say they plan on buying an iPhone 5s or an iPhone 5c in the next three months, according to AppleInsider.
In a survey of 1,016 U.S. consumers about their smartphone purchase intent over the next three months, investment firm Piper Jaffray found that 29 percent of those polled will buy an iPhone 5s. Another 5 percent said they will opt for the iPhone 5c.
Apples share of purchase intent as tracked by Piper Jaffray is, not surprisingly, at its lowest point since the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were launched last fall. Still, the 34 percent recorded shows the current iPhone lineup is staying strong longer in its lifespan than previous models.
According to Piper Jaffrays Gene Munster:
While our survey is U.S. focused, we believe the data suggests that the iPhone, particularly the highest-end 5s model, continues to have staying power given about a third of U.S. smartphone customers expect to purchase an iPhone in the next three months.
The analyst expects Apples share of purchase intent to climb back to the 50 percent mark in the U.S. after Apple unveils new iPhone models.Munster also believes Apple will sell 35 million iPhone units in the current June quarter, which would represent a 12 percent increase year over year.