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While every new iPhone model released has gone on to outsell its predecessor, dating back to the iPhone 3G outselling the original iPhone, the overwhelming success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has created some skepticism about whether Apple will be able to continue that trend in the future.

The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been popular among consumers because of their larger screens, a long-awaited hardware feature that was previously limited to Android-based smartphones and other devices. The new iPhones are also slimmer and feature faster A8 processors and improved iSight cameras.

iPhone-Comparison1.jpg

Nevertheless, a new survey from RBC Capital Markets suggests the so-called "iPhone 6s" could actually be more popular than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The research firm expects positive year-over-year growth in the December quarter, claiming that carrier contracts are ultimately the deciding factor in a customer's upgrade cycle.
"While there has been concern regarding AAPL going ex-growth in Dec-Qtr, our survey work shows carrier contracts are the bigger driver for refresh cycles, implying 6s cycle should be positive given contract renewals and sustained expansion of 4G networking in China. We are raising our estimates ahead of Street expectations for June, FY15/FY16 but maintaining our OP rating and $150 target."
RBC Capital Markets surveyed 6,000 individuals about their smartphone purchasing decisions and found that loyalty remains strong among Apple customers, meaning that the company should be able to increase iOS adoption and revenue going forward. However, the investment bank warns that iPad demand has not picked up and could further disappoint expectations in the June quarter.

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50% of surveyees who plan to purchase a new smartphone will do so within 12 months

Specifically, the research firm found that 83.4% of current iPhone customers intend on staying with Apple, while 64.2% of Samsung customers expressed their future commitment to the South Korean handset maker. It also found that about 50% of customers who plan on purchasing a new iPhone will do so in the next 12 months, with longer battery life the most requested improvement.

Apple's next-generation iPhones will likely retain similar physical designs as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. The smartphones are also rumored to feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, 7000 Series aluminum, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new rose gold color option, improved Touch ID recognition and more.

Article Link: Survey Suggests 'iPhone 6s' Could Outsell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
 

JaySoul

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It would have to have some convincing reasons for people to either upgrade from a 6, or not consider a perfectly good 6 which will have dropped in price.
 
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ChinaRye

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I have owned every single version of the iPhone, but my 6 Plus is such a great device that I don't feel like I need to upgrade this time around. 2gb of RAM sounds nice, but I honestly have not run into a RAM bottleneck on the 6 Plus like I used to on my iPad Air. But I may change my tune once the the 6s is released (ohhh, new shiny toy!).
 

dagamer34

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All I care about is 2GB RAM.

Indeed, if I could go back on all of my iPhone/iPad purchases, I would only upgrade every time RAM got bumped. It's the best indicator for device longevity at peak performance because Apple tends to be a bit stingy on the amount of RAM they put in devices.

I feel the pain of 1GB RAM on my 6 Plus all the time. Open up podcast app. Pause and switch to Safari, browse a page or two for light reading. Then bring up Control Center to start playing podcast again and find the app has already been killed. :(
 

iMolle

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I would also move to the Plus but it's to huge, maybe having edge to edge screen and no home button or a slimmer one could make it in a smaller form factor.
 

Waxhead138

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Yeah....this survey is super general info.

Makes the analysts predictions look like concrete info by comparison.
 

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While every new iPhone model released has gone on to outsell its predecessor, dating back to the iPhone 3G outselling the original iPhone, the overwhelming success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has created some skepticism about whether Apple will be able to continue that trend in the future.

The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been popular among consumers because of their larger screens, a long-awaited hardware feature that was previously limited to Android-based smartphones and other devices. The new iPhones are also slimmer and feature faster A8 processors and improved iSight cameras.

iPhone-Comparison1.jpg

Nevertheless, a new survey from RBC Capital Markets suggests the so-called "iPhone 6s" could actually be more popular than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The research firm expects positive year-over-year growth in the December quarter, claiming that carrier contracts are ultimately the deciding factor in a customer's upgrade cycle.RBC Capital Markets surveyed 6,000 individuals about their smartphone purchasing decisions and found that loyalty remains strong among Apple customers, meaning that the company should be able to increase iOS adoption and revenue going forward. However, the investment bank warns that iPad demand has not picked up and could further disappoint expectations in the June quarter.

RBC-Capital-iPhone-Upgrade-Chart-2015.jpg

50% of surveyees who plan to purchase a new smartphone will do so within 12 months

Specifically, the research firm found that 83.4% of current iPhone customers intend on staying with Apple, while 64.2% of Samsung customers expressed their future commitment to the South Korean handset maker. It also found that about 50% of customers who plan on purchasing a new iPhone will do so in the next 12 months, with longer battery life the most requested improvement.

Apple's next-generation iPhones will likely retain similar physical designs as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. The smartphones are also rumored to feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, 7000 Series aluminum, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new rose gold color option, improved Touch ID recognition and more.

Article Link: Survey Suggests 'iPhone 6s' Could Outsell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

What? Battery life?! They didn't ask any macrumors forum members. Some would have certainly complained about thickness and weight.... I wouldn't mind a slightly thicker chassis for the 6S. No protruding camera, better structural integrity and more space for the battery.
 
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Glideslope

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The 6s will be the most popular (new to iOS), largest selling, iPhone in the history of Apple Inc. I'll be interested in the margins on it however. It will be a tad more expensive to manufacture than the 6. Even with Apple's Nuclear Supply Chain Power. It will be the worth every penny reguardless. :apple:
 

KdParker

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I will stay on the upgrade every year path.
With working the family upgrades and selling 2 year old models to recoup some of the cost, I don't see a reason to change.
 

bpeeps

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The plebeians here always talk about the bugs and this and the that and everything that is wrong with the 4,5,6,7,39,etc iterations, but most of it is just a BS excuse for the S upgrade cycle or an excuse to make themselves feel better about other's purchases. Like, ok, we totally get it. Relax.
 

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makes sense. most people i know with apple phones like to wait for the S models to upgrade. it's not a mystery anymore - which ones have the best features and least amount of hardware problems.
Actually, I almost always upgrade every year. Upgraded 3g to 3GS to 4S to 5 to 5S to 6.

This year, unless there is something awesome about the 6s, I will probably skip. Apple took a huge bite out of me with two new iPad Air 2 and two new apple watches. But then again, I said I would wait on the watch and somehow they got me anyway. I guess we shall see what happens in the fall.
 
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