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35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the it's-one-bigger dept.

Apple 566

judgecorp writes "Apple's iPhone 5 is not announced yet, but 35 percent of consumers say they will buy it, when it comes out, even though they know nothing about it. The figure comes from an online survey of 3,000 US consumers by Experian's PriceGrabber shopping website."

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Scientists cast doubt on Time Travel (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883842)

Physicists have confirmed the ultimate speed limit for the packets of light called photons - making time travel even less likely than thought.

The speed of light in vacuum is the Universe's ultimate speed limit, but experiments in recent years suggested that single photons might beat it.

If they could, theory allows for the prospect of time travel.

Now, a paper in Physical Review Letters shows that individual photons too are limited to the vacuum speed limit.

That means that photons maintain the principle of causality laid out in Einstein's theory of special relativity - that is, an event's effect cannot precede its cause by traveling faster than light. It is violation of this causality that would, in principle, permit time travel.

While the limit in vacuum is a fixed number - some 300,000km per second - the speed of light can vary widely in different materials.

These differences explain everything from why a straw looks bent in a glass of water to experiments in cold gases of atoms in which light's speed is actively manipulated.

Some of those experiments showed "superluminal" behaviour, in which photons travelled faster than the speed of light in a given medium.

It remained, however, to determine whether or not individual photons could exceed the vacuum limit.

Now, Shengwang Du and colleagues at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have measured what is known as an optical precursor.

Like the wind that moves ahead of a speeding train, optical precursors are the waves that precede photons in a material; before now, such optical precursors have never been directly observed for single photons.

By passing pairs of photons through a vapour of atoms held at just 100 millionths of a degree above absolute zero - the Universe's ultimate low-temperature limit - the team showed that the optical precursor and the photon that caused it are indeed limited to the vacuum speed of light.

"By showing that single photons cannot travel faster than the speed of light, our results bring a closure to the debate on the true speed of information carried by a single photon," said Professor Du.

Thus, photons cannot time travel, and moving information around at faster-than-light speeds is impossible.

But the work has more prosaic implications.

"Our findings will also likely have potential applications by giving scientists a better picture on the transmission of quantum information," said Professor Du.

Time travel by other means, however, is not entirely ruled out.

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

pauljlucas (529435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883852)

... without even reading the summary or article!

This also means... (1)

vinng86 (1978262) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883856)

...that 65% or two-thirds don't want it.

Re:This also means... (1)

pauljlucas (529435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883930)

...that 65% or two-thirds don't want it.

No, they still might end up wanting it: they just might want to know something about it first. I'm one of that 65%.

Re:This also means... (1)

index0 (1868500) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884304)

From the same survey: 69 percent of consumers indicated that they would prefer Apple’s iPhone 5 as a gift.

Re:This also means... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884362)

My 2yrs on my 3GS came up last month....so, with me, just figuring time to upgrade.

I've seen my friends' iPHone 4s and I like those...so, guessing the 5 will be a least as good as the 4s, and I want that...

Also, guessing they've at least made improvements in the antenna problem, and from what I read, it should likely have a dual core process in it, so there are other reason to want it "sight unseen".

Re:This also means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883932)

your logic is flawless

Re:This also means... (1, Troll)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883944)

No, it means that 35% are fanbois that care more about being seen as well off than with the quality of the product. And the remaining 65% are assorted fanbois of over platforms, critical thinkiers and people that don't want a smart phone at all.

That's retarded (-1)

Brannon (221550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884032)

Apple has been making quality phones for years, so it is a reasonable assumption that the next one will also be a quality product, so it is reasonable for some people to say that they will buy iPhone 5 when it comes out.

Re:That's retarded (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884130)

Apple has been making people believe it has been making quality phones for years, so it is a reasonable assumption that the next one will also be a quality product, so it is reasonable for some people to say that they will buy iPhone 5 when it comes out.

FTFY

I think you don't understand technology (0, Flamebait)

Brannon (221550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884302)

if you can't figure out that the iPhones are pretty high-quality pieces of engineering.

That's okay, there are lots of nontechnical people in the world and you are one of them. It's weird that you would hang out on a website catering to nerds.

Re:That's retarded (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884268)

Correction - Apple has been making underwhelming, inferior phones for some time now.

Anything that you can't pop open and replace the battery on is crap.
Anything that blocks signal just because of how you hold the phone is crap.
Anything with an Apple logo is crap.

Re:This also means... (2)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884104)

Really? I'm a fanboy because I'm confident that the device will be something I want based on my experience with the first couple I've owned?

Yea, I guess I am.

I need a new phone, my current one is a iPhone 3G ( not 3GS) that is physically broken in multiple ways. I would have bought an iPhone 4, but the next one is right around the corner and so far, the new releases have always been wanted so it seems logical to wait for the next model at this point since my current on is 3 years old ... I don't want to start out behind the curve.

Re:This also means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884296)

Not necessarily,
I'm most likely going to get the next generation iPhone, because I skipped the iPhone 4, my 2 year contract will be due for a renewal about the time Apple is likely to release it, and my current handset (a 3Gs) is starting to show signs of ware. All Apple has to do to get me to purchase is to not regress in quality.

I could consider switching to an Android phone, but that would be inconvenient given the number of apps I use, and I've not been impressed with Android (it's not bad it just seems like a lateral move from iOS).

We already know quite a bit (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884364)

Choosing to buy now isn't completely a blind purchase. It's sure to have the A5 processor, Bluetooth 4 Low Energy and a dual GSM/CDMA chip. Less sure are a bigger camera with dual LED flash and the exact case design that is supposed to be thinner and lighter.

If you like these features, and you're looking to upgrade your iPhone anyway, it's a fairly safe purchase decision. It's certainly not buying in the dark.

Re:This also means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883980)

No, it means that 65% don't want one *sight unseen*. That is, those 65% either want to see it first, *or* don't want it.
I'm pretty sure I'll be upgrading, since my 3Gs has seen better days at this point, but there's always the possibility that I'll skip it for some reason.

Re:This also means... (1)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884112)

No, it means that 65% don't want one *sight unseen*. That is, those 65% either want to see it first, *or* don't want it.
I'm pretty sure I'll be upgrading, since my 3Gs has seen better days at this point, but there's always the possibility that I'll skip it for some reason.

Don't forget those of us in the 65% that would buy it "sight unseen" but just got the Verizon iPhone 4 in February and have to wait another year and a half for discount pricing.

Re:This also means... (2)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884048)

The figure comes from an online survey of 3,000 US consumers

No, it means that out of 3,000 people with lots of free time, and probably bored of playing Angry Birds, about a thousand went online to eagerly answer a survey to waste more time.

Furthermore, it's very likely that people answered the survey attracted by a sweepstake that offer them the chance of winning a free iProduct.

I'm waiting for it (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884166)

I think the 35% is actually more likely, people who have loved the phones that have come out, their plan contract is completed, and they're waiting for the iPhone 5, to upgrade.

I know I'm in that boat, as are ~5 of my friends. We've all had them before, and we're waiting to upgrade. We don't want a 4, because then we'll be stuck with it, while the 5 is just around the corner. Which would be annoying. I've liked these phones since the 3, and each model out has been good, so I've nothing to suspect the 5 won't be good. More so, it's upgradin' time. I'm currently paying for the same contract, but without paying off the phone, this means the carrier is making uber monies. I'm in limbo. Apple, at least gimme a time line so I can make an informed choice.

The 65% are people who might want it later, or are still on a plan contract.

It's not really "unseen" (3, Informative)

Petersko (564140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883858)

They're probably people like me who own the 3gs (or older), still had time too much time on their plans (or who thought the 4 didn't quite justify an upgrade), and believe the next one is likely a good time to step up.

Re:It's not really "unseen" (2)

Scutter (18425) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883996)

They're probably people like me who own the 3gs (or older), still had time too much time on their plans (or who thought the 4 didn't quite justify an upgrade), and believe the next one is likely a good time to step up.

I'm out of my current plan and my next one will be either an Android or an iPhone. For a variety of well-considered reasons, I'm leaning towards an iPhone, but I know how the markets work for Apple products and accessories. I'd just as soon wait two months for the next rev to come out before I switch.

It's also Bigger and Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884026)

That would be me, as well. I got an iPhone 3G, which has been in use for the past three years. That means that, by the standards of cell phones, I've had an obsolete phone for two years now. I can't bring myself to upgrade to a 4, knowing that a better model is right around the corner. Even if it was just a faster processor and better camera on the 5, that would still be sufficient cause for me to upgrade once my contract expires, since those would address my main dissatisfactions with the 3G.

In a nutshell, 'bigger and better' are good enough reasons to upgrade. Since that's a given with the 5, people will naturally want it, even knowing nothing else about it.

Re:It's not really "unseen" (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884044)

Same boat with me. 3GS will be upgraded this fall unless it really is crap, which knowing Apple, would be difficult. /cue the Android fanboi's--I like it too but I like my iPhone better.

Consumers are stupid and driven by marketing (2)

Tridus (79566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883860)

This is news? Coming up next you'll tell us that a new study predicts the Sun will continue to rise in the East?

In other words (1, Insightful)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883864)

In other words 35% of consumers don't care about the product but the social symbol it is and the status they think it confers on them.

Re:In other words (0)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884036)

Or they simply love the product they own, find it reliable, high quality and are expecting the next generation to be the same but faster and plain better.

Any brain dead monkey would know an iPhone 5 (or 4Gs) will have at minimum the same processing power increase the iPad 2 had over the iPad 1, and that was no trivial bump.

Re:In other words (3, Informative)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884102)

It makes me wonder what the percentage is for Windows users and the next version of Windows.

Re:In other words (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884224)

Slashdot has spent so much time posturing for ad-clicks that lots of people here cannot fathom the possibility that there's a such thing as a satisfied iPhone customer.

Re:In other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884448)

Any brain dead monkey would know an iPhone 5 (or 4Gs) will have at minimum the same processing power increase the iPad 2 had over the iPad 1, and that was no trivial bump.

How do you know anything about an unannounced product? Are you designing it? Are you just being sloppy with language, or is your thinking really this clouded?

Re:In other words (4, Insightful)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884106)

In other words 35% of consumers don't care about the product but the social symbol it is and the status they think it confers on them.

No, in other words Apple has created a good brand that people have come to trust in respect to their next smartphone. But go on hatin' if it makes you feel better that many people choose an iPhone b/c it's a good phone and just as good if not better than many Android handsets.

Re:In other words (2)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884188)

Or that Apple has done such a good job at marketing and building customer loyalty that consumers will trust that the next version of the iPhone will be adequate for their needs. Judging from my personal experience your average consumer couldn't tell you a single technical statistic about their smart phone like processor speed or even processor type. They will go on brand recognition alone.

Re:In other words (2)

TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884376)

because we all know how just looking at the speed and processor type is all you need to know! Why those pentium 4's at 3Ghz (running windows millennium or.. who cares) were the best evar! Reputation *counts*

Re:In other words (3, Insightful)

TrailerTrash (91309) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884216)

Careful about anti-fanboyism - auto-mockery of what others love, just as blindly. Apple has a good track record as measured by customer satisfaction on their phones, and many people have confidence that that record will continue. My family is rocking two Blackberries, a Nexus S, and two iPhones, and I'll probably replace the iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 5 if it looks decent and provides incremental value. Not an automatic decision. But given the track record, I would probably answer a survey that I'd be interested in buying one. And I'm no fanboy of Apple, having literally thrown a Mac three years ago into the garbage because I hated it so much. Though I will admit my Apple Lisa and Apple ][+ were pretty sweet in the day.

Re:In other words (0, Offtopic)

cyber-vandal (148830) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884408)

My family is rocking two Blackberries, a Nexus S, and two iPhones

Rocking? What does that even mean?

Re:In other words (1, Troll)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884308)

Sheep will be sheep. The fads will change, but the followers will follow them, whether it's playing Sudoku, wearing dirty jeans, drinking Starbucks, wearing lip gloss, playing World of Warcraft, using Facebook, collecting beanie babies, eating edamame, or buying iPhones.
I'm just surprised the figure isn't higher than 35% - could it be because it's out of many people's price range?

Re:In other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884318)

Moron, BIG% of PEOPLE said they would buy unannounced product POPULARPRODUCT++

PS4
XBox Next
The Wii after the next Wii

Etc...

Social symbol? (3, Insightful)

Petersko (564140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884422)

The only people that think owning an iPhone is somehow a social symbol are Android users with inferiority complexes. Having an iPhone stopped being unusual years ago.

Re:In other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884442)

35% of consumers' batteries won't hold a charge.

35% of what? (5, Insightful)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883868)

35% of people who visit the Apple website on a daily basis? 35% of people who registered for some random website through their iPhone?

Seems like an awfully high percentage for just a regular average consumer survey.

Re:35% of what? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884066)

As of a couple days ago, Apple surpassed Nokia to become the company with the most handsets shipped worldwide (handsets, not specifically smartphones).

To that end, the idea that when Apple has 28% total market share as of today that they could come up with a comparable number for a question like "when you need to purchase another phone one day in the future, do you feel that you would purchase an iPhone or something else entirely"?

Re:35% of what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884242)

As of a couple days ago, Apple surpassed Nokia to become the company with the most handsets shipped worldwide (handsets, not specifically smartphones).

Where "handset" is defined as what? Assuming you mean mobile phones, it doesn't sound likely but I'd be interested in seeing the source.

To that end, the idea that when Apple has 28% total market share

Where did you get 28% market share from? Are we still talking worldwide or US or something else? Your post would really benefit form sources.

Re:35% of what? (1)

wygit (696674) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884252)

and I'm pretty sure that's 28% OF SMARTPHONES, not "all consomers".

The hype machine is running full throttle.

Just like every 3rd story about how the freaking ghost town of G+ is killing Facebook and Twitter.

There are a lot of people like this: (5, Funny)

XanC (644172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883872)

Re:There are a lot of people like this: (1)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884022)

HAHAHAHAHA. Best. Video. EVAR. (and I'm an iPhone user)

Re:There are a lot of people like this: (1)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884370)

Yeah, that was hilarious.

Yes, I'm also an iPhone user.

Yes, I'm going to buy a 5, not matter what. I'm currently on an ORIGINAL iphone. I need a new phone. I also have a Galaxy S, and it's shit. No, not 'Tha Shiit' but, like a piece of shit. Don't like it. Don't like the seemingly empty android market place. Don't like the the fact that if I use half the features on it my battery is dead in 12 hours.

So yes. I haven't seen a iP5 but I sure as hell am going to be getting one.

Speaking for all the iPhone 4 owners... (1)

ezrec (29765) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883874)

Yes, yes we will.

I'll post about it unseen! First? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883876)

First Post???

3000 consumers (2)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883888)

By "3000 consumers", do they mean 3000 Apple consumers that just bought the IPhone 4 on that site by any chance?
Because I really doubt that 35% of "consumers" in general plan to buy a new phone, not to speak of a certain Apple phone...

Re:3000 consumers (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884244)

3000 consumers who participated in an online survey not run by Apple. I didn't get any further details. However sample bias and other statistical characteristics apply so I would take the survey with a grain of salt unless I knew more details.

im waiting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883896)

ANNOUNCE IT ALREADY.

I'm in the same boat (1)

master_kaos (1027308) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883908)

I have an android phone, but for my job I have been working a lot with iOS so would like to get an iPhone. In Canada, rogers is starting to roll out LTE. I could buy an iPhone 4 now, but I will instead wait for the iPhone 5 and get that once it is out.. as I am sure it will have LTE.

Re:I'm in the same boat (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884346)

Apple hasn't announced anything so we can't be sure of LTE. I would bet that Apple upgrades the processor and camera resolutions. Everything else is just a rumor including NFC and LTE. The one rumor that made more sense than others was that the next iPhone would be both CDMA and GSM. It's a tricky bit of engineering but it would allow Apple to make only one kind of phone with variations on capacity.

I want it... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883910)

I want the iPhone 5. Do you have the iPhone 5? I want the iPhone 5.

I wonder how many (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883928)

of those 35% would put down money now - sight unseen - for it, as opposed to just saying that they "will" buy it.

Also, the article does not say where the survey took place - if it were on, and linked to by, a Mac user site, it's perhaps unsurprising that the result is what it is.

Re:I wonder how many (1)

QuantumPion (805098) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884092)

I would if I got some sort of pre-order discount. I mean it's unlikely that the 5 could be a downgrade or worse than the 4. So if you were planning on upgrading why not?

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884378)

Considering the 4 had some well-publicized problems the 3 didn't (whether or not you consider those problems significant in your own case), is your statement based on a belief that lightning can't strike the same place twice?

Re:I wonder how many (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884394)

I mean it's unlikely that the 5 could be a downgrade or worse than the 4.

Yeah, just like it's unlikely that Mac OS X Server 10.7 (Lion) would be a downgrade or worse than Mac OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Oh, wait...

Hear me now and believe me later... (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883934)

The power of Steve compels you... to buy a new iPhone.

Apple marketing department (3, Informative)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883936)

Apple marketing department: Bend over ... this will be a pleasant surprise
Apple fanboi: Yes please

Re:Apple marketing department (0, Redundant)

midifarm (666278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883972)

I haven't been let down by anything that I've bought from Apple. Don't be a hater.

Re:Apple marketing department (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884198)

How's that iPhone 4 antenna working out for you? Or is that just another 'feature'?

Re:Apple marketing department (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884354)

you must not do much with your technology.

Re:Apple marketing department (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884300)

Apple marketing department: Bend over ... this will be a pleasant surprise
Apple fanboi: Yes please

The next day...

Slashdot: More Malicious Android Apps Pulled from MarketPlace
Android Fanboy: At least list which ones!! Oh, and.. uh.. we should do damage control. At least we're free to bypass the store to download these apps!

Fanboys are stupid, faces on stun.

baa baa (0)

jaymz666 (34050) | more than 3 years ago | (#36883938)

sheep

Re:baa baa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884182)

Insulting people worked great for SanDisk's line of players, didn't it?

Re:baa baa (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884278)

Nah, everyone knows sheep don't like apples. What you got there is more of an equine species, like a horse or more probably a donkey. A male one.

P.S. Its called a joke, mods and repliers. I feel the need to point this out, which is kinda sad.

Lemmings. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883948)

iPhone, iPad, iWhatwhatever Apple makes. It's nice stuff, but no one likes to talk about the weaknesses of the proprietary itunes tether...

Gotta give the Apple marketing folks credit though ... I can't think of anything that so many people would purchase without examining it first.

Re:Lemmings. (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884008)

no one likes to talk about the weaknesses of the proprietary itunes tether

I must admit that, having moved from Linux to Mac, I have not yet noticed a particular problem - my music files are stored DRM free, even those which I purchase, and they are stored in a flat filesystem, and so can be easily moved around, or accessed by other programs.

I used to sync my iPod with Amarok1.4 / gtkpod, and had no problems with either - each synced the iPod perfectly.

Re:Lemmings. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884070)

have you tried syncing with something that's not 5 years old?

Re:Lemmings. (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884232)

have you tried syncing with something that's not 5 years old?

Under Linux, no - has support been broken in the newer products?

There seem [ubuntu.com] to be guides [gtkpod.org] available, but I have not tried them.

Give Apple engineering guys credit (0)

Brannon (221550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884340)

They've built up that brand by doing solid engineering that leads to lots of repeat customers.

tubg1rl (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36883966)

iPhone as a gift (1)

dokc (1562391) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884040)

Moreover, 69 percent of consumers indicated that they would prefer Apple’s iPhone 5 as a gift.

So jewelery and watches are replaced by iPhone. Buyers do not care about how many megapixels has iPhone5 camera, which OS is installed, 3G or 4G... It's just important to have the Apple logo on the device.

You just don't get it (1)

Brannon (221550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884382)

if you think the right way to pick a phone is to add up all the numbered features and then take the phone with the highest total.

Apple customers really don't care about the logo, they care that it is a solidly engineered appliance.

Oblig. Futurama (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884056)

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

No big surprise... (2)

Super Dave Osbourne (688888) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884080)

The masses are hooked on mediocrity in functionality, but will buy anything looking Gucci. Apple may become the first Trillion dollar valuation company in the world based on this kind of blind consumer interest.

Re:No big surprise... (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884326)

No they would be the first company to reach a trillion dollar valuation. That title goes to PetroChina [latimes.com] which did it in 2007. When doing a Google search it it looks like lots of people think apple may reach a trillion dollar valuation, but how much of that would be speculation (like it was for PetroChina) and how much would be blind faith (the apple fanboi).

PriceGrabber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884082)

"The figure comes from an online survey of 3,000 US consumers by Experian's PriceGrabber shopping website."

So 3000 people who answer surveys on PriceGrabber is now an accurate reflection for the market?

As a mac user... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884088)

I apologize for our fanbois. What's sad is that as more people move to the Mac OS/iOS platform, more of these idiots are gonna show up...

Duh.. Not rocket science. (4, Insightful)

GrBear (63712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884090)

Of course I want an iPhone 5.. my 3GS is due for a contractual upgrade, so why not get the 5. I already know what the 4 will do, and each release of the phone has been progressively better.

It's not like I want to throw away my investments in apps and go to another OS (droid or win7). Sounds like a no-brainer to me, not a cultists mindless decision that commentators make it out to sound like.

In related news... (1)

meridiangod (940552) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884114)

99% of Slashdot users will hate on this story... Sight Unseen.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884120)

My first thought was the exact same as the above - "What are these people thinking? They know nothing about the product, and yet they're prepared to buy it?!"

Then it occurred to me:

1) For plenty of these people, it will be a free upgrade; so why not?
2) How is this exhibiting any higher a degree of faith in Apple than we do in e.g. Google or Facebook? They are essentially just trusting that Apple will do what they consider to be a satisfactory job, based on the last 4 efforts.

Also, never forget what caveats they might have in their minds when they answer this survey - e.g. I'm sure they weren't thinking "I'll buy it even if it turns out to be a banana with an apple stamped on it"

Re:Really? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884202)

"1) For plenty of these people, it will be a free upgrade; so why not?"

What planet are you from? AT&T / Verizon and Apple have NEVER given a "free" upgrade ot anything other than the basic phones or out of date ones.

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884276)

Sorry; my bad. I had assumed a broader spectrum than just US consumers - every other country I have been to gives free upgrades as a matter of course. My mistake.

in that case (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884128)

give me 20 minutes, a roll of duct tape, and a stack of business cards...im about to fashion together your new god in record time....and of course, its 5g.

just make that check out to 'cash'

This is a stupid thing to complain about (1)

Twon (46168) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884144)

Of course they do! The iPhone has gotten progressively better from the original to the current version; it's not like you're going to open the box for the eventual iPhone 5 and have it contain nothing but a loose collection of wires and poster tack, with a little sign saying "HAHA PWNED." My wife is squarely in this category, since she's still fighting with an increasingly balky 3G whose apps are getting crashier as they expect to have more modern amounts of memory.

Unpossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884154)

35% of people don't have a smart phone. This lacks any sort of credibility.

Self-selected sample (2)

JazzHarper (745403) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884172)

I'm surprised that the percentage wasn't higher.

100% of that 35% won't care about crap signals (0)

phonewebcam (446772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884200)

There will always be a stubborn brainwashed segment of the market that favour style over substance. Had you asked them about crappy design causing signal loss, they'd just tell you how pretty it was. This won't ever change - its a basic trait of some personalities which Apple are exploiting.

So, it's a sequel (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884214)

Is this about Apple, or about successful brands in general? What do you suppose would be the percentage that would buy these hypothetical products, sight unseen:

  • PlayStation 4
  • XBox 720
  • A Harry Potter book 8
  • A straight-to-video sequel to any Pixar movie

I know, "Apple fanboys are all tools", "It's all about the shiny", blah blah blah. But people are always interested in followups to successful products they like. How many /. users are psyched for Linux kernel 3.0, sight unseen?

Replacing their 3GS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884218)

35% of people have a 3GS that they're dying to replace. Not because they need the latest and greatest but because a device you carry for two years straight is getting pretty banged up.

Worthless data? (2)

surement (1660259) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884266)

"The figure comes from an online survey of 3,000 US consumers by Experian's PriceGrabber shopping website"

voting (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884274)

that's why US was established as a republic and not a democracy, because an average person should not be voting for anything.

Screw that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36884286)

I want an iPhone 6!

and a pony!

Not surprising. (1)

grimmjeeper (2301232) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884312)

Apple makes a decent phone that integrates well with other Apple products. The target demographic of Apple is the consumer electronics user, not the serious computer user. They only use computers to accomplish something else. They don't use computers for the sake of using computers. The polished and (reasonably) well integrated user interface is simple and lets them get on with doing what they want to do without getting in their way. The iPhone4 was better than the 3. Apple has a track record of solid and steady improvements, rather than some companies who completely redesign their user interface every time they come out with a major release. *cough* *cough* Microsoft *cough* *cough* When I'm happy with an appliance, I'm very likely to want to buy another one of the same brand when it's time to replace and/or upgrade. I don't see why the iPhone would be any different.

I think the politically correct term is... (1)

Gohtar (1829140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884348)

iSheep, just sayin.

I'm a 35%-er (2)

Midnight Ryder (116189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884400)

I'm one of the folks who's probably going to buy it sight unseen. I could care less about if someone else things I'm affluent because I have an iPhone 5, or if I'm "trendy" because of it, or anything else. And just because it's got an Apple logo in the middle of the back doesn't mean it's worth it's weight in gold either.

I'm still using a 3GS, and after two years it's starting to get a little beaten up - the screen isn't cracked or deeply scratched, but it's got a few pits here and there, etc. I was going to upgrade to a 4, but I decided to skip a generation since we're so close to the release of the 5. And, since once of the reasons I wanted the 4 was a improvement in the camera over the 3GS (which I use a lot), I figure the 5's camera will more likely than not be slightly better.

Which brings me to the question: how may of of the 35% mentioned are people who decided to skip a generation because there wasn't a compelling reason to upgrade to a 4, but about the time the 5 rolls around their 3G or 3GS is due for a replacement?
 

Its inevitable (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884418)

We've passed the tipping point [slashdot.org] .

iPhone 6b (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36884452)

They should rename it to iPhone 6 a month after launch. A lot of people would buy it again.

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