What you need to know
- The 2020 U.S. Census will be performed using the iPhone 8.
- 500,000 canvassers will be equipped with an iPhone 8 and an app.
- The government seems to have chosen the iPhone because of its popularity and security.
The United States Census has historically been performed by canvassers, called enumerators, fanning out across the country with pen and paper to gather information from neighbors and collectively perform the massive count of all citizens.
That is about to change in a big way this year. As reported by CNET, the U.S. Census Bureau is equipping all of its canvassers with an iPhone 8 and an app that they will be used in place of pen and paper. In total, the bureau is provided 500,000 of its enumerators with an iPhone in order to perform the count.
According to CDW-G, the contractor that the U.S. Census Bureau hired to help with the technological upgrade to the 2020 Census, the iPhone became the device of choice because of its familiarity and its security.
A spokesperson for Apple says that the company is proud that the iPhone became the device of choice in order to carry out the 2020 U.S. Census.
You can read the full report about the role of the iPhone and apps for the 2020 U.S. Census at CNET.
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