Of course, wanting to buy an iPhone doesn't mean you CAN buy an iPhone. Last fall, when Piper Jaffray last did its survey, 37 percent of teens said they wanted to buy an iPhone in the next six months. It would seem that didn't happen, although perhaps it did: it's unclear if those 37 percent were all non-iPhone owners.
In addition, 86 percent of teens said that they are likely to purchase a smartphone for their next device, up from 83 percent in Piper Jaffray's last report last fall and 81 percent one year ago. 51 percent say they want to buy an iOS device within the next six months (which could include iPod touches and iPads) vs. 22 percent for Android.
Tablet-wise, the teen news was no better for Android. While 34 percent of teens owned a tablet, up from 22 percent last spring, 70 percent of those owned an iPad, 19 percent owned an Android tablet, and 11 percent owned a Kindle Fire, which Piper Jaffray seems to have broken, separate from "regular" Android tablets, due to its customized OS.
In addition, 19 percent of teenagers expect to buy a tablet in the next six months, with 80 percent of those teens wanting to purchase an iPad.
The poll was conducted with 5,600 students, split 50/50 across genders. The average age of those surveyed was 16.3 years old.