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Half of Teens Have iPhones



    Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York. Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T's exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple's popular smartphone. On Monday, T-Mobile said it will make a stronger bid for used iPhones from AT&T as Apple prepares to launch a new version. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

    A new study says that about half of teens have an iPhone and more than half want to buy one in the future.

    The biannual teen survey by Piper Jaffray showed that teens are embracing smartphones and seem to want iPhones, according to Fortune. About 48 percent of teens in the survey own an iPhone, up from 40 percent last fall, and 62 percent plan on buying an iPhone in the future, the same as last fall.

    The numbers are slightly higher for higher-income teens than average-income teens, according to the survey. However, this doesn't mean that Android is completely ignored. Approximately 23 percent expect to buy an Android phone, up from 22 percent last fall.

    Teens also said they expected to buy a tablet in the next six months (17 percent, down from 20 percent) and the majority (68 percent) plan to buy an iPad.

    The survey was conducted from electronic surveys and classroom visits of 1,600 teens from high-income homes of $104,000 or more and 3,600 teens from average-income homes of  around $54,000.

     While we don't usually doubt the numbers, we are a bit more skeptical of numbers coming from an investment bank, especially one whose analyst Gene Munster is such an Apple booster. Still the survey does give an insight to other trends, from eateries to skinny jeans, so it's a good read.