Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’re probably aware that Apple is getting ready to unveil an update for its iPhone hardware, currently dubbed by the rumor community as the iPhone 5. While Apple hasn’t officially announced the new product yet, several reports by anonymous sources, as well as estimates by analysts, have provided much information about the future iPhone to those willing to find it.
Many of you might already be wondering whether you should ditch your current iPhone and get the iPhone 5, and some of you might already be waiting in line at your nearest Apple Store to get one. Market research group AYTM has gathered data from 1,000 iPhone users based in the United States, owning all generations of the device ranging from the iPhone 4 to the original iPhone, and of all usage patterns, as you can tell from the infographic below:
Among the users surveyed, almost half (48.6%) were using Apple’s latest-generation iPhone, the iPhone 4, while only 3.9% were using the original EDGE-only 2007 iPhone. As expected, the members of the latter group claimed to be less likely to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while iPhone 4 users showed the most interest: indeed, many stated that they were “extremely likely” to obtain the new device once it finally hits the shelves. Over three quarters of the owners surveyed were on AT&T, which was the iPhone’s default network until earlier this year, while only 19.5% are on Verizon. Another 5% of users were on unlocked devices, legitimately or otherwise, and on unsupported carriers such as AT&T and Verizon. If you like interesting statistics, wait for this one: from all the users surveyed, almost 20% of them had a jailbroken device.
According to recent rumors, Apple is planning to show off the iPhone 5 at a media event in the first week of October, perhaps on the 4th or 5th, although no date has been officially confirmed yet. Reports over the last few months have consistently pointed to a device with a larger screen, much like other Android smartphones, as well as a larger 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, as opposed to the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel one. A dual-core A5 processor, similar to the one found on the iPad 2, is expected as well.
What about you? Are you planning on upgrading?