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A new survey conducted on 1,000 iPhone users and 1,000 Android users revealed that Apple’s move to USB-C port may significantly affect customers’ decision for a unit upgrade and system shift.

The phone and tech trade-in site SellCell conducted the survey, asking the two groups questions about the iPhone’s rumored USB-C port. According to the result, 66% of iPhone users are already considering an upgrade to iPhone 15. However, it noted that within that percentage, 63% said that the introduction of the USB-C port influenced their decision.

Meanwhile, 44% of the Android participants in the survey echoed the same reason pushing them to buy an iPhone 15. The number is not dominant compared to those who voted no. Yet, it speaks volumes about how much impact the new port is making on the iPhone 15 series.

If Apple indeed witnesses high iPhone 15 sales for this reason, it will be a huge slap for Google, which is trying to downplay the move. For the past few weeks, the search giant has been publishing ads in hopes of attracting new customers to embrace its Pixel models. However, despite all the efforts, Google remains an underdog in the smartphone market.

Even more, a Counterpoint Research report indicates that Apple has a chance of snatching the top spot for annual shipments globally for the first time ever despite 2023 likely ending up as “the worst year for global smartphone shipments in ten years.” The International Data Corporation supported the idea, saying Apple would be able to adapt to the challenges better compared to its Android rivals. Tech market intelligence TrendForce, on the other hand, has claimed recently that Apple has a chance of dethroning Samsung in the global market if its new iPhone 15 series manages to exceed expectations.


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