Apple Inc. and its iPhone, as per the latest reports, received a huge vote of confidence from the US Army. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is ready to ditch its “Android tactical smartphone” in favor of the iPhone 6s, says a report from the Military.com.
Several issues with Android
This implies that the U.S. Army has more confidence in Apple’s smartphone to manage the demands of operational environments, and the iPhone will now be the selected device for the use in the Tactical Assault Kit. The move has not been officially confirmed at this stage, but Military.com cites a source, who is not pleased with the performance of the existing Android device.
The unit that is currently in use – believed to be a modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Note – has left the Special Operations Command unsatisfied. The source told that the Android phone freezes, and fails to refresh properly when they try to run a split screen, and often the smartphone has to be restarted, a process resulting in a waste of time.
The source said, “It’s seamless on the iPhone. The graphics are clear, unbelievable.”
In addition, the source said the Android units had been proven to freeze at important moments. In comparison, the iPhone have been smoother and faster in high-pressure situations. The source further said the iPhone could be of benefit over the Android device for the U.S. Army, especially, in the split screen scenario mentioned above.
Apple in Army’s good books
Currently, Apple Inc. is preparing for the release of its next-gen smartphone – the iPhone 7. The new model is anticipated to be unveiled in September with a number of new features, including USB Type-C connectivity replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack and dual-lens camera.
Though the investors and consumers are looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 7, the U.S. Army is not interested in waiting on the next-gen phone. Hopefully, the iPhone 6s has enough features and processing power to handle the tasks that the U.S. Army will throw at it.
Apple has a good track record in providing products to the U.S. armed forces. The Army, in 2010, began giving iPod Touches loaded with language modules to soldiers deployed in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. Undoubtedly, Google will be disappointed with this, but the U.S. Army needs to rely on its device of choice in life and death situations. Apparently, iPhone has proven to be more reliable.
We are not certain which Android device the Army was using until now, but if it turns out to be the original Galaxy Note – launched in 2010, then it stands to reason that the iPhone 6s is a better choice and will perform better than its rival. Apple Inc. ’s existing flagship is far more advanced than the 2010 Note as many would expect.