Survey Suggests 'iPhone 6s' Could Outsell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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.

    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.

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  2. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
  3. jadAce macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2013
    In other news, for the new iPhone, Tim Cook will take the stage to announce "the biggest leap since the original iPhone" Sources also report that Tim Cook will reveal at the end of the keynote that "only Apple could do this".
  4. blacktape242 macrumors 65832


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    Im on the every 2 year program. I always skip the "s" versions.

    now that i think of it, maybe ill switch it up i dunno...
  5. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    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.
  6. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    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.
  7. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Want this badly on my 6 Plus.
  8. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    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!).
  9. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    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. :(
  10. iMolle macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2012
    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.
  11. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
  12. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  13. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    I'm on the "s" cycle and staying with it. That way I let some of y'all work out the bugs and I get the updated hardware "s". Life's good
  14. Waxhead138 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2012
    Yeah....this survey is super general info.

    Makes the analysts predictions look like concrete info by comparison.
  15. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
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    Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    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.
  17. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    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:
  18. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    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.
  19. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    And of course Phil Schiller will tell us "this is the best iPhone we've ever made"
  20. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    Same here, having been on the S cycle (Still on 4S , 5S with 128GB never came)
    Then had to skip 6 (as I do not buy any first gen Apple product any more if I can help it)

    and am now ready for the 6S.
  21. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Yes, this. and 32 GB as the entry level iPhone. Apple would sell sh*tload of iPhones.
  22. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    I just buy all of them.
  23. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    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.
  24. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    I tend to agree with the assessment, just because a lot of people are on the "S" band for upgrades, like I was.

    The "S" gives people stability, as well as new features, while the new number gives people "new".
  25. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    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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