iPhone users don't upgrade as often as Android owners - PhoneArena
The commonly held belief is that Apple is the dominant player in the US and according to this belief, the iPhone should sell in greater numbers than all Android phones combined. That's not exactly the case though.
Not only is the active installed base divided equally between Android and iOS users in the US, Apple roughly sold as many iPhones as all Android vendors combined in the US in Q2 2023 according to Counterpoint. In September, iOS sales only accounted for 39 percent of total sales, per Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) . To iPhone stalwarts, this might be nothing less than a surprise
Only 10 percent of iPhone owners surveyed by CIRP bought a new iPhone model less than a year after their previous purchase. In contrast, 23 percent of buyers who bought an Android phone upgraded from their previous Android phone within a year.
The general perception is that iOS users are wealthier, so ideally, they are the ones who should be upgrading more frequently. CIRP has a few theories as to why that isn't the case.
On average, Android phones are not as expensive as iPhones, so an Android user might not be reluctant to part with their old phone. CIRP will shed light on installment payment plans in another report, but another thing we'd like to point out is that there are far more deals on Android phones than iPhones, which again makes it more convenient for buyers to get a new Android phone .
CIRP also notes that unlike iPhones which are upgraded annually, most top Android phone makers release multiple models throughout the year, so there are more occasions when an Android user might be tempted to get a new model.
Another factor, which is not mentioned in the report, could be that iPhones generally have better support than Android, which could be why iPhone users don't feel compelled to buy a new model very often. Also, since iPhones have faster chips than Android handsets, they have more headroom for future apps.