Apple's iPhones may be losing coolness factor, teens prefer Samsung, Microsoft

Millennial kids more into Galaxy, Surface Tablet

A growing number of teens don't think Apple's iPhones are cool anymore.

Forbes puts at least part of the blame on adults who are hooked on having the latest Apple product, and hand their older gadgets down to their kids. "They don’t want to same device as their mom, dentist, and coffee barista," writes Larissa Faw. "They want the latest, greatest phone that speaks to their generation."

As CNET points out, "When your logo gets seen too often, it can become a symbol of the establishment, rather than the renegade that teens are often desperate to embrace."

That could be helping Samsung and Microsoft, which both recently introduced never-before-seen devices.

The Wall Street Journal says Apple’s orders for iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter have dropped to around half of what the company planned previously.

At the same time, Samsung Electronics says global sales of its Galaxy S smartphone series blew past the competition, reaching more than 100 million units since the launch of the first model less than three years ago.

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