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ChangeWave claims high iPhone 5 demand in spite of issues

updated 01:18 pm EDT, Fri October 12, 2012

Lightning port more of a concern than iOS 6 Maps

Demand for the iPhone 5 remains very high in spite of two potentially serious issues with the device, according to new data from 451 Research and ChangeWave Research. 19 percent of a group surveyed last month said they were "very likely" to buy an iPhone 5, while 13 percent said they were somewhat likely. A poll from October 2011 for the iPhone 4S generated respective figures of 10 percent and 11.5 percent.

iOS 6's Maps app -- which has problems with accuracy, rendering, and missing features -- has affected very few people, according to ChangeWave. Only 3 percent of the September survey group said they'd had a "very big problem" with Maps; 90 percent said they hadn't had any issues. For contrast, ChangeWave points to the antenna issues with the iPhone 4. Shortly after launch, 7 percent of a poll group said they'd had a "very big problem" with the glitch, while only 64 percent said there hadn't been any trouble. The September 2012 survey found that of the people who were unlikely to buy an iPhone 5, 60 percent, 61 percent said their current phone was good enough, and no one mentioned Maps.

The incompatibility of the 5's Lightning port with older iOS accessories appears to be a more serious concern. Amongst people planning to get a 5, 6 percent said Lightning was a very big problem, and 31 percent said it was "somewhat" of a problem. Only 26 percent said it didn't matter.

ChangeWave separately remarks that demand for Windows Phone 8 appears to be substantial, if not on par with the iPhone. 2 percent of the September survey group said they were very likely to get a WP8 device, and 7 percent said they were somewhat likely. Microsoft and its carrier partners have yet to begin marketing the platform; of the people planning to buy a WP8 phone, 36 percent quoted integration with Windows apps and devices as the major reason.

45 percent of the purchasing group didn't know which manufacturer they're planning to buy from. 55 percent did though, giving an overwhelming nod to Samsung, which took 51 percent of that mindset. Nokia claimed 35 percent, while HTC was a distant third at 7 percent.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. shmoolie

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    That's because there are no problems with the Maps. This was one of those "made up" issues that got tons of press because it's Apple but that really affects very very few people. And for those it does they can choose other map programs.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by shmoolieView Post

    That's because there are no problems with the Maps. This was one of those "made up" issues that got tons of press because it's Apple but that really affects very very few people. And for those it does they can choose other map programs.



    FWIW, I was on vacation for a few days earlier this week, and the problems are quite real, though not *that* severe.

    What annoys me most is that Siri and the Maps app are a little stupid about interpreting what I might be looking for. Rather than picking "sort-of" matches nearby when I'm zoomed in on a location, they'll opt for a really accurate match hundreds of kilometers away.

    Also, yes, there's the option of going to Google maps. In this case, that was equally infuriating, because the data connection was so abysmal that Google maps took WAY too long to load to be of any use at all.
    The irony being that this would have been the case anyway under iOS 5, so the new maps were the better option, but it didn't FEEL like it was the better option.

    I resorted to a paper map in the end. I still know how to read those. :)

  1. davoud

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    Joined: 01-14-05

    [SIZE=4]"Serious issues?" Get serious! Puh-leeez![/SIZE]

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