New study shows 40% of US teens own an iPhone

Despite Samsung’s efforts to portray the iPhone as a device for older consumers, the iPhone is still extremely popular among teenagers. Piper Jaffray says that 40% of US teens now own the handset.

Gene Munster, an analyst with the firm, released a report today on his survey of US teenagers regarding what gadgets they’re using. And judging from the results, Apple’s iPhone and iPad are still on top…

MacRumors points to the report, which covers the findings of Munster’s bi-annual poll involving more than 7,700 teens. As you can see, 40% of those queried own an iPhone, up from 34% in the spring.

The survey also found that 44% of US teens now own some sort of tablet device — 72% of those are iPads. And of the 35% of those who don’t have a table yet, but plan on getting one, 74% are looking at iPads.

In addition to the iPhone and iPad numbers, Munster’s poll found that Apple’s rumored iPad mini could be a huge hit with teenagers. 43% of the teens surveyed said they’d likely buy a smaller $299 iPad.

As usual, it’s worth pointing out that a 7,700 person survey is extremely small in the grand scheme of things. But if nothing else, it does provide some insight into what gadgets teens are using these days.