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Only 18% of US Android users would even consider iPhone 13, says report

The lack of Touch ID and that crazy photo-scanning "feature" are cited as the main reasons for lack of interest.

Published onAugust 31, 2021

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  • An Android loyalty survey points to only 18.3% of United States Android users being interested in the next iPhone.
  • This number is actually down by a whopping 14.8% from this time last year.
  • The lack of features Android users care about is cited as the main reason for the dismal interest.

The next slate of iPhones — tentatively known as the iPhone 13 series — is coming up quickly, likely launching in September. As with every year, this gets some folks wondering: how many Android users are planning to jump ship?

According to a new survey from SellCell, not too many. The used technology service asked over 5,000 Android users based in the United States if they were interested in the iPhone 13. A whopping 81.7% said “Nah.”

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That leaves just 18.3% who are even considering ending their Android loyalty streak. Interestingly, SellCell conducted a similar survey last year that found nearly 33% of Android users were considering an iPhone. That’s a drop of nearly 15% in just one year.

Android loyalty appears strong this year

What happened? Why are so few Android users in the US thinking about switching? According to the survey, most users aren’t interested in losing their fingerprint sensor, as iPhone 13 phones are widely expected to continue to solely rely on Face ID. This makes sense when you consider we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. Even if Face ID could work well while the user has a mask on, a fingerprint sensor is obviously superior.

The next most prominent reason is the lack of customizability within iOS. And, in third place, is the iCloud photo scanning controversy, in which Apple scans user photos in an effort to hunt down child abuse and exploitation.

You can see the full breakdown of reasoning in the chart above.

Of course, the real question is whether or not the issues Android users have will trickle over to iPhone users this year. Will there be a surge of folks switching to Android? We’ll need to wait and see.

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