updated - May 19, 2013 Sunday EDT
By Zanub Saeed
As part of Apple's celebration of the fifth anniversary since the release of the first iPhone, on June 29th, electronics trade-in website Gazelle.com recently released survey results on how much the smartphone impacted the lives of consumers in the past few years.
Over 1,000 Gazelle customers were asked to participate in the survey, though they must have traded in at least iPhone in their lives, said a press release issued by Gazelle on Monday. They commented on how important the iPhones were in their lives, and some changes they'd like in the new generations of the phone, whenever they may be released.
One of the biggest concerns noted in the survey was that consumers wanted a larger screen for their iPhones - which has been long-rumored to actually take place. The survey found that nearly 40 percent of the survey-takers wanted the screen to be larger, of the change they'd like to see the most of in the next version of the iPhone. Consumers have also consolidated their electronics products, where by using only the iPhone, nearly 70 percent of the respondents got rid of their iPod or general mp3 players since having purchased the iPhone, 55 got rid of their digital cameras, and 40 percent no longer used their GPS, said the press release.
"It's amazing to think about how much the iPhone has changed consumers' lives in just five short years," Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's chief gadget officer, stated for the press release. "As the nation's leading high-end consumer electronics trade-in site, we know just how much people love their iPhones, and we're happy to help them upgrade to the latest generation in the smartest way possible - by giving them cash for their current device."
About 65 percent of the survey-takers said they could not live without the iPhone of all the devices they owned, and nearly 15 percent said they'd rather give up sex than to go for just a weekend without their iPhone. About 58 percent noted that they use their iPhone in a social or public gathering at least "usually" or "occasionally," said the press release.
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