The latest Piper Jaffray survey reveals that 40 per cent of US students plan to buy an iPhone in the next sixth months.
Besides its high-end characteristics, the iPhone's popularity could be a result of significant discounts for older models.
Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst for Piper Jaffray, points out that iPhone ownership also rose due to more affordable models, like the iPhone 3GS.
The survey reveals that last spring, 17 per cent of US teens had an iPhone. In the autumn of 2011, the percentage grew to 23 per cent and now 34 per cent of the polled students use an iPhone.
The intent to buy an iPhone has undergone a gradual evolutoin, as at the end of last year 38 per cent of US teenagers considered buying an Apple smartphone.
When it comes to the tablet market, currently teenagers are less enthusiastic than they were last autumn. In the third quarter of 2011, 22 per cent of the survey's respondents planned to buy a tablet, whilst only 19 per cent declared they would go ahead with a tablet purchase.
But, the good news for Apple is that 80 per cent of teens want to get an iPad.