Interest in Switching to iPhone Drops Among Android Users Ahead of iPhone 13 Launch, Survey Shows

Android users are significantly less interested in the iPhone 13 models than they were this time last year in the iPhone 12 models, having been put off by the continued lack of a fingerprint scanner and concerns around child safety features, according to a new survey by SellCell.

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The survey, conducted earlier this month, asked more than 5,000 current Android users in the United States aged 18 or over for their opinions about Apple's upcoming products, revealing how the ‌iPhone 13‌ and Apple's other expected products are viewed by customers of the rival platform ahead of their launch.

The survey found that 18.3 of Android users would consider switching to an ‌iPhone 13‌. This is a significant decline from last year when 33.1 percent of Android users were open to switching to an ‌iPhone 12‌ model. This is a drop of 14.8 percent.

Of the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup, expected to consist of a 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, a 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 13‌, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, 39.8 percent of the Android users open to switching are most interested in the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max. 36.1 percent are most interested in the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, 19.5 percent are most interested in the ‌iPhone 13‌, and just 4.6 percent are interested in the ‌iPhone 13‌ mini.

This matches broad trends around the iPhone lineup among existing iPhone users, where the 6.7-inch model is very popular while the 5.4-inch "mini" form factor has generally been marginalized and suffered from low sales.

When the potential switchers were asked what would compel them to switch to an ‌iPhone 13‌ model, 51.4 percent cited longer software support, 23.8 percent cited the Apple ecosystem, and 11.4 percent cited better privacy.

31.9 percent of Android users said that the ‌iPhone 13‌'s lack of a fingerprint scanner for authentication was the main reason they will not consider switching. 16.7 percent said that they will not consider switching due to iOS's limited customization, 12.8 percent pointed to iOS's lack of support for sideloading apps, 12.1 percent cited general design and hardware, and 10.4 percent said that "intrusive" scanning for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) was the main reason for not switching.

Of the Android users that are interested in buying an ‌iPhone 13‌, only 14.7 percent were also interested in buying an accompanying Apple Watch Series 7. Likewise, only 6.2 percent were interested in buying third-generation AirPods.

The official unveiling of the ‌iPhone 13‌, ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌, and third-generation AirPods is believed to be just weeks away, and while major design changes are not expected for the ‌iPhone‌ this year, we can likely count on a number of camera improvements, ProRes video recording, a 120Hz ProMotion display, a smaller notch, a faster A-series processor, a new 5G chip from Qualcomm, and more.

Top Rated Comments

bbplayer5 Avatar
21 weeks ago

And we want Android users because…??
What does this even mean? Are you viewing other human beings as lesser because they don’t have an iPhone? So strange.
Score: 94 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fenderbass146 Avatar
21 weeks ago
Interest among iPhone users drops too thanks to csam.
Score: 85 Votes (Like | Disagree)
meady100 Avatar
21 weeks ago
I would imagine 10% being put off by CSAM is probably-under due to (unwarranted) stigma. I queued for the original iPhone way back on its first day of release, currently on a 12 Pro. I won't be upgrading anymore until Apple gives up its self appointed law enforcement agenda. I've never felt so betrayed by a brand, keep thinking I am going to wake up and this will all have been a dream.
Score: 65 Votes (Like | Disagree)
segfaultdotorg Avatar
21 weeks ago
Privacy was Apple's killer app, and they blew it.

*shocked Pikachu face*
Score: 62 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Just sayin... Avatar
21 weeks ago
It would be interesting to see a reverse survey: how many iPhone users are considering a move to Android?
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sarkany Avatar
21 weeks ago
I won’t be upgrading anything this year. Sticking to my 12 mini and iOS 14. iCloud photos have been deleted and every picture from the phone as well.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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