Sources: Apple, Bloomberg, Reuters
quote: Like any new iPhone, demand for the next generation iPhone 5 will likely be high. How high exactly? According to a survey conduced by ChangeWave, it could well be unprecedented, even by Apple's usual, ridiculous, levels.With 14% of consumers saying they’re Very Likely and 17% Somewhat Likely to buy the “iPhone 5” in the future, advance demand for the next generation iPhone is strikingly higher than for any previous iPhone model.For example: a similar question on future demand for the iPhone 4S, taken at the time of its October 2011 launch, showed 10% Very Likely and 11.5% Somewhat Likely to purchase the device. Moreover, the iPhone 4S is currently considered the most successful smart phone release in history.This makes sense, given that the current iPhone 4S was released back in October of 2011 with the same design as the iPhone 4 released in June of 2010. That'll make 27 months between hardware refreshes, which is the longest period in iPhone history.