Army recruits the Apple iPhone 6s to replace 'poor performing' Android

Army recruits the Apple iPhone 6s to replace 'poor performing' Android
The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command is making a big change. It is replacing its Android tactical smartphone for an Apple iPhone 6s that will be known as the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit. This comes from a source inside the Army who is not allowed to discuss the matter with the media. Hence, the source remains anonymous.

This source says that the Android OS freezes and has to be restarted too many times. This is said to waste too much valuable time. By contrast, the unnamed tipster says the iPhone is faster and smoother than Android. He says that when it comes to the iPhone, "The graphics are clear, unbelievable."

The Android Tactical Assault Kit. (ATAC), the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit which is replacing it, and the NETT Warrior (which uses an unnamed Samsung branded phone) all are handsets that connect to a networked radio. Icons on the screen allow unit leaders to track the locations of their soldiers. They also allow users to view video feeds from drones.

The Android models being replaced are unknown, although 9to5Mac suggests that it could be the original Samsung Galaxy Note from 2011. That would explain why the Army's SOC is complaining about the poor performance of their Android phones compared to the iPhone 6s.

Soldiers have taken iOS to the battlefield before. Back in 2010, the Apple iPod touch was sent to users in Iraq and Afghanistan with language modules for Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, and Pashto pre-installed.


source: DODBuzz via 9to5Mac

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46 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

So the iphone 6S is faster than a 2011 Samsung phone. OMG what a surprise!

4. AlikMalix unregistered

iOS devices have been also used along with android devices in the past. Including old iPod touch - and on that comparison they prefer Apple. I've been waiting for this news to be posted on PA to tickle those android fanboy senses.

9. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Do you really This news means the 2011 Note is better than IPhone 6, 5s, and 5 which released years after the first note

13. AlikMalix unregistered

How so?

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

sure iphone 6s.has.clearer picture than current high end.android biased.news.at its best

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2263; Member since: May 04, 2015

If this is the type of news you latch on to in order to prove the superiority of the iPhone then you have issues. There's simply no comparison and the article is typical PA garbage. If this was written on another site the title would be "US Army replacing outdated ATAC equipment".

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Tickle who's senses? Like you Apple fans are the only ones with right senses? You aren't any better @AlikMalix

31. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Does "iphone 4s is faster than note5 " makes sense to you??

7. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Of course the Note 1 with just 16GB, 2GB RAM, 800p screen, will be freezing with age. What do they expect? I gave my Note 1 to my mother-in-law, and she complains about 2500mah battery life and running out of memory space. Too bad they did not wait for the Note7 with dust and water-resistance. That's more military speced than a mere iPhone 6S.

24. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Note 1 has 1GB RAM, not 2GB.

33. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Sorry, my bad. I forgot it had 1GB RAM. Just crazy they never thought of upgrading to even an S7 Active. I would think water-resistance and better battery performance would be better than something NOT.

11. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

First look who wrote this article?????? ALAN

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even biased than the real article 9to5mac, lol... source say that "Android device struggled the most with custom, split-screen military software" while alan here didnt even mention that split screen software, he just say "Android OS freezes and has to be restarted too many times. This is said to waste too much valuable time" I know he want to protect his beloved iPhone since we all know than current android is far far more superior in term of multi-tasking and split screen.. and of course than android struggle since its really old phone

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yep, ibend! I wonder why the military didn't uprade to the Note5, since they want rough multitasking functionality.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

They simply want a phone that can last 5 years and Samsung failed to do it, they barely even KitKat while iPhone 4s is in iOS9 turf. That's why they chose iPhone 6s this year which can able to last. Read the damn article. I don't think broke USA government able to afford upgrading device every 2 years

17. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Have you seen how badly the 4s performs on iOS 8 or 9? And the US government spends way more on military than any other government that I know.

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even if its get newer iOS, all it does is just cosmetic changes.. it wont get most of newer iOS features..

40. willard12 unregistered

...spends more than the next 9 countries.....combined.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"iPhone 4s is in iOS9 turf" So what? Have you even experienced using an iPhone 4S on iOS9? Pathetic trolling from you as usual.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

iPhone 4s runs like crap on iOS 8. Not to mention iOS 9.x.x

32. Papa_Ji

Posts: 850; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

So they should choose NOKIA 1100... It will last for........ forever......... LOL.

34. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

If you were good at maths, you would have noticed that the Galaxy Note was announced... 5 years ago.

35. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

There are 31 trolls in the comment section so far

37. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Butthurt?!?!?!?!?!?!? Hih...

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Original Note vs iPhone 6s. Of course I would pick the iPhone 6s.

3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hehe, right... Because they need something lower tech for more people to operate.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lower tech? Lol, whatever helps you sleep at night :D.

5. idroidsht

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

but but lagdroid already has this features for years...

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

My screen is going to be clouding from the hot air coming from Android fanboys.

10. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

You should take this news as insulting to Ifans not the other way around

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