There’s been a lot of talk about how the iPhone 5 isn’t as ludicrously successful as previous iterations of the iPhone, but a cluster of surveys seem to suggest that it’s still the best thing in town, even with Maps.
Research by Chitika has shown that the iPhone 5 has already outpaced the Samsung Galaxy S III when it comes to web traffic — even though the Galaxy has been on the market for four months already.
To quantify our latest study, we conducted a user agent analysis on millions of mobile ad impressions, spanning a 7-day time frame from October 3rd through October 9th, 2012. Looking solely at impressions coming from the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, we were able to observe the difference in Web traffic volume between the two devices, depicted in the figure [above]
Even though there’s been something of a backlash against the iPhone 5 thanks to the ease of scuffing, the whole iOS 6 Maps silliness, and so on. However, according to 451 Research/ChangeWave Research, demand for the iPhone 5 is actually higher than it was for the iPhone 4S. Their survey of 4,270 consumers showed that 1 in 3 people were likely to purchase the iPhone 5 — up from 21.5% from the previous generation.
Not only that, but 90% of users had experienced no problems with Maps, and not a single person listed Maps as a reason for not getting the iPhone 5.
It’s the very definition of a tempest in a teacup.