Apple has lost its usual ‘leader’ position to Android in the battle for smartphone performance according to the Q2 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group.
The failure rate for Apple devices more than doubled from 25% in Q1 to 58% in Q2 while Android device performance showed improvement, dropping from 44% to 35%. This ‘failure rate’ is the percentage of devices that had an identified software or hardware fault following diagnostic testing on the SmartChk platform.
In analysing the causes of iPhone performance issues, crashing apps (65%), WiFi (11%) and headset (4%) were found to be the primary culprits.
“Ever since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007, Apple’s iOS has been a force to be reckoned with – launching new models every year and raking in strong sales and revenue quarter after quarter,” said Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer, Blancco Technology Group. “But our data suggests that the performance battle between iOS, Android and other operating systems is constantly changing and is likely to be influenced by several factors. As industry experts, wireless carriers and consumers look ahead to the highly anticipated launch of the iPhone 7 in September, it will be interesting to see how the new model’s features may, or may not, impact the phone’s performance.”