US military swaps Samsung for iPhone

Although the exact reason is yet to be known, military source describes iPhone as 'faster and smoother'

News Desk July 19, 2016
Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Army Special Operations Command is trading in their Samsung phones for iPhones, according to an unnamed army source. Soldiers will now receive the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit (ITAK) to replace the current Android Tactical Assault kit.

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The new feature phone for soldiers will be the iPhone 6s, replacing the Samsung Galaxy Note that the old kit provided. Although the exact reason that brought about this change is yet to be mentioned, the source in the military described the iPhone as “faster and smoother”. It is believed that the Samsung Galaxy Note use to freeze too often, especially when using US military software for location tracking.

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The iPhone's performance on the other hand has been described as seamless while the phones graphic quality has also received praise. This is not the first time that the US military has trusted in Apple devices for their operatives. In 2010, operatives in Afghanistan and Iraq were given iPod touches equipped with language modules, including Urdu, Pashto and Arabic.

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It is still unclear which variant of the Galaxy Note is being replaced. However, if it is the 2010 version, then the swap makes complete sense as the iPhone is much faster and more advanced than the old Galaxy Note. However, if it was a new model of the Note, it would be interesting to discover what exactly prompted the shift from Samsung to Apple.

This story originally appeared on 9to5mac.


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