Survey: iPhone, iPad ownership surging among teenagers

New survey shows 40 percent of teens have iPhones, up from 34 percent last year.

The line for an iPhone 5 outside of Apple's Manhattan store on the phone's launch day.
The line for an iPhone 5 outside of Apple's Manhattan store on the phone's launch day. Greg Sandoval/CNET

The surging popularity of iPhones globally is especially pronounced among teenagers, according to a survey published today.

A semi-annual study of 7,700 teens conducted by analysis firm Piper Jaffray found that 40 percent of teens own an iPhone -- almost double the 23 percent of teens who owned an iPhone in Fall 2011. And that's up 6 percent since the spring, the survey found.

"We believe it is a positive sign for the power of the iPhone among younger users that Apple was able to expand its market share with teens despite no new product launches between our Spring and Fall 2012 surveys," analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton wrote.

The iPhone is poised for continued growth among teens: 62 percent said it would be their next phone. (Android phones were the next-most popular choice, with 22 percent of teens saying their next phone would be an Android.)

Moreover, 44 percent of teens own tablet computers, up from 29 percent last year. Of the tablets owned by teens, 72 percent are iPads, the survey found. Three in four teens who plan to buy a tablet in the next six months said it would be an iPad.

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Casey Newton writes about Google for CNET, which he joined in 2012 after covering technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is really quite tall.


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