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Here’s why Apple is gaining on Android in China

The market for smartphones in urban China is nearly saturated, with ownership in some middle-class populations registering as high as 106%. But Apple’s prospects for growth still look good, according a report to clients issued Tuesday by CSLA’s Avi Silver.

Not only are 60% of Chinese iPhone owners due for an upgrade, but large numbers of disaffected Android owners are poised to switch.

The results come from a proprietary survey of 854 middle-class mobile phone owners in urban China, including 594 in 20 tier 1-2 cities and 260 in tier 3-5 cities. Average age: 35. Average disposable income: 12,000 Yuan (about $2,000) a year.

Among the findings:

  • 36% of the total surveyed group own an iPhone, 38% in tier 1-2 cities, 31% in tier 3-5 cities.
  • Among iPhone owners, 42% own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
  • 53% of surveyed iPhone owners had previously switched from Android.
  • Only 4% of surveyed Android users are iPhone switchers.
  • 32% of Android users buying a new phone in the next 12 months will switch to iPhone.
  • 87% of iPhone users buying a new phone in the next 12 months will stay with iPhone.
  • In all, 54% of buyers in the next 12 months will choose iPhone, implying significant market-share gains compared with the current 36% iPhone installed base.

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These numbers suggest to Silver that Apple should easily beat last year’s record quarterly iPhone sales.

The same survey found relatively strong interest in the Apple Watch. Although only 2% of Chinese iPhone owners said they will definitely buy the Watch in the next 12 months, 22% will probably buy it. (21% will definitely not buy it while 26% will probably not buy.)

Two percent would not be good; 22% would be extraordinary.

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