If you think you've seen a lot of teens with iPhones lately, that's because the popular Apple device may be owned by nearly half of all U.S. teens, according to a new survey.
Investment bank research firm PiperJaffray on Tuesday released its Taking Stock With Teens survey in which 48% of the teen respondents said they owned an iPhone. That's up from last fall's 40%. The report said the increase was driven by sales of iPhone 5, which hit stores last September.
Apple's smartphone was also the most preferred. According to the survey, 62% of teens planned on making the iPhone their next mobile device purchase. The results were compiled from classroom visits and electronic surveys and involved 5,200 teens.
About half of the teens surveyed said they owned a tablet but the percentage of those who had an Apple iPad slipped from 72% to 68% as more competitive tablets hit the market.