A staggering 83% of U.S. teens own an iPhone


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An incredible 83% of American teens now own an iPhone.

That’s according to a recent survey of 8,000 high school students across the United States, 86% of which say that their next smartphone will be made by Apple.

The iPhone holds just a 22.35% share of the worldwide smartphone market, according to the latest data from StatCounter. It has been well and truly outsold by Android devices, which command a staggering 75.39% share.

But many consider the iPhone to be much cooler. That’s especially true among U.S. teens, who seem to prefer Apple’s handsets over anything else.

U.S. teens can’t get enough of iPhone

After surveying 8,000 American teens, Piper Jaffray found that a record 83% of respondents now own an iPhone. That’s up from 82% since the last “Taking Stock With Teens” survey was carried out last fall.

Even more amazingly, a record 86% of respondents said that the next smartphone they buy will be an iPhone. That matches the record set last fall, and beats the 82% of respondents who said the same this time last year.

Just 27% of survey respondents own a smartwatch, but 22% said they plan to buy an Apple Watch within the next six months. That’s up from the 20% who said the same last spring.

Apple a winner with young Americans

Of the 8,000 teens surveyed across 47 states, 54% were male and 46% were female. The average age of respondents was 16.3, while the average household income was $67,700.

This is great news for Apple, with its devices becoming even more popular with teens year after year. Not only does it mean more people using its services, but it confirms that the company hasn’t lost its cool among young Americans.


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