Report: Army Special Ops Ditches Android for iPhone


The US Army Special Operations Command is reportedly ditching its Android-based tactical smartphones for iPhones.

The iPhone 6s is the USASOC's new device of choice, and will be known as the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit (iTAC), according to DoD Buzz.

The iTAC consists of a smartphone connected to a networked radio. It helps unit leaders track their location and the locations of soldiers via a digital map, and allows users to view sensor feeds, including video streams from unmanned aerial systems.

But the Samsung device currently powering the Android TAC isn't cutting it, according to DoD Buzz; it freezes and has to be restarted too often, an anonymous Army source told the tech news site. Apple's iPhone, meanwhile, is "faster [and] smoother"—ideal for use with split-screen military software, said a person "not authorized to speak to the media."

The exact Samsung model and the associated Android app that are apparently failing troops remains unclear. 9to5Mac suggests it could be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Army Special Operations Command did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

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