#SwitchToiPhone: For timely, far-reaching security updates
A few weeks ago Apple released iOS 9 that, in addition to all the new features, contained numerous security improvements and updates. And they were available immediately to every iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s owner, in every region, on every carrier. Since then, Apple has pushed out iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 as well. Again, to every iPhone model Apple has sold since 2011. All at once. Done.
It wasn't a unique occurrence either. It's what Apple has been doing month after month, year after year, since the original iPhone launched in 2007. And it's what they're continuing to do—iOS 9.1 is already in beta and expected to be released in the next month or so. That's an enormous amount of added value enjoyed by iPhone owners and not only is it unmatched by Android or any other platform; it's unmatchable. It's also one of the very best reasons to switch to iPhone.
The update challenge
Android allows for an amazing array of different models, in different shapes and sizes, manufactured by different vendors, and mediated by different carriers. That's an incredible amount of diversity and choice, and the primary reason Android has spread so far, so fast. Diversity, however, is hard to manage. All those customized versions of Android, on all those hardware variants, on all those carriers need to be updated, sometimes on a model-by-model basis. And not every manufacturer or carrier is incentivized to do that, especially not for older versions and models.
Back in May of 2011 Google tried to improve things. As part of the Google I/O keynote they announced:
Unfortunately, nothing much seemed to change. Now, however, following the Stagefright vulnerability, Google is once again promising more timely updates:
I hope it works. I really do. Phones are our computers now but even more powerful and more accessible. They keep us connected, but they also keep our data. Everyone deserves a phone that's as safe, secure, and private as possible.
But it means Google has to develop patches, manufacturers have to apply them, and carriers have to agree to allow them for each and every model of each and every phone. And that's inherently a more complex problem to solve.
Yet the only indicator we have for future behavior is past behavior. Samsung's 2011 Galaxy S2 only officially supports Android 4.1.2 Jellybean, the 2012 Galaxy S3 only officially supports Android 4.3 or 4.4 Jellybean, depending on the variant. It's not until the 2013 Galaxy S4 that we start to see updates to the most recent version of Android, 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Even the traditional wisdom of "stick with Nexus" doesn't always help here. Google's 2011 Galaxy Nexus is stuck on Android Jellybean, never got KitKat or Lollipop, and almost certainly won't be getting Android M.
If you bought both a GNex and an iPhone 4s in 2011, Google cut you off back in 2013 while Apple will be updating you to iOS 9 this fall. So, in hindsight, "stick with Nexus" wouldn't have been very good advice.
The difference is enough that security writer Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai—who has historically been very, very hard on Apple and the iPhone—recently announced he's switching.
So, if it's important to you that the software running on your device be up to date, that you get all the new features and fixes as soon as they're available, and that you continue to get great new features for years to come, then it should be important to you to switch to iPhone.
Apple has made it easier than ever with the new Move to iOS app on the Google Play Store.
Note: Updated for iOS 9.
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What really irks me is that in the Apple stores some of the equipment they use runs iOS6 or earlier, so it’s alright when it suits THEM.
As android fan I am not so blind to know that there is no problem and that Apple has the lead on this. Here comes the but... :P It's great that iPhone and ipads get the latest updates but I was shocked how slow my mum in laws ipad 2 was running compared to my ipad mini 2 both running the same ios version.
You can also still get a Galaxy S5. I think if the vendor and the carriers are still selling these phones, they should get the updates out to the users. The bad part about getting an Android phone is you have no idea when the updates will end for you. It has nothing to do with when you bought your phone. Android users used to often tout superior hardware specs to those found on iPhones. If the hardware is so superior, you should get all updates. But this has nothing to do with Android since Google makes the updates available. I think this has to do with manufacturers and carriers not wanting to test the update on all of the various Android devices out there. I think they make a decision, possibly based on device sales to determine which devices they plan to test the update with. The amount of iPhones to test is small compared to the amount of Android handsets. This is why many Android customers are left out when it comes to updates.
And few Android phones have an SoC that is more advanced than Apple's A-series chips. The A8 runs circles around an off the shelf Snapdragon found in most Android phones and only the Galaxy S6 now beats the iPhone 6 in several performance benchmarks, but that will obviously flip again next month and iPhone's will hold the top spot in almost all CPU/GPU benchmarks.
Micro SD expansion
Front Facing Speakers
Widgets on the Home Screen
The Back Button
And "OK Google"
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