A new survey shows Apple iPhone 5s users and 4G users consume the most data globally. According to JDSU, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) consumers are some of the most data-hungry consumers on the market.
Apple iPhone 5s users love their data
The report further explains, “Apple users have been the ‘hungriest’ consumers of mobile data in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 data measured by the study (iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 respectively). Last year, the report indicated a possible end to this dominance as Galaxy S III users closed the gap. But iPhone 5s usage is the most intense witnessed to date, keeping Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) users at the top of the chart. The study found that iPhone 5s users demand seven times as much data as the benchmark iPhone 3G users in developed markets (20 percent increase on iPhone 5) and 20 times as much data in developing markets (50 percent increase on iPhone 5). Beyond the 5s, Apple products account for six of the top ten ‘hungriest handsets’, along with two Samsung products, one HTC and one Sony.”
There is also an infographic that compares users’ data consumption across the range of popular devices. This infographic shows Samsung users at the top of the charts for uplink data. Those who use the Samsung Galaxy S4 produce far more data, about 5 times as much as iPhone 3G users and 11 times as much data in developing markets.
The need for data grows
CTO of Mobility for the Network and Service Enablement, Dr. Michael Flanagan elaborated, “Each new generation of iPhone has resulted in increases in data consumption of between 20-40 percent – even today when data use is common. Though interestingly, users of the more economically-priced iPhone 5c consume data in the range between that of the iPhone 4s and 5 users.”
This study also showed 4G/LTE users consumed far more data than 3G users, about ten times more. The faster the internet speed is, the more consumers will use.