On average, the iPhone 4S demands twice as much data compared to previous iPhone models, as more consumers access data-sucking features such as its voice-based assistant software Siri, according to a new study.
A study released Friday by U.K.-based telecom network technology firm Arieso found that iPhone 4S users are by far the hungriest data consumers in the iPhone family. Indeed, the iPhone 4S model consumes on average three times as much as the iPhone 3G.
The study, called “Recent Smartphone Trends & the Extreme Data User,” looked at data usage across a variety of smartphones and connected devices. It called out iPhone 4S users as being the most demanding on their devices — but also revealed a trend that each new device is more data hungry than the last.
The iPhone 4 model consumed data more — at a rate of 1.6 times higher — than the iPhone 3G. Meanwhile, the iPad 2 consumes 2.5 times more data than the iPhone 3G.
Thanks to services such as Siri, and the explosive growth of mobile video, more advanced devices are putting pressure on bandwidth and wireless operators to perform at fast speeds.
“The introduction of increasingly sophisticated devices, coupled with growing consumer demand, is creating unrelenting pressure on mobile networks,” said Dr. Michael Flanagan, CTO at Arieso and study author. It’s worth noting, however, that Arieso is in the business of optimizing mobile networks, so these findings certainly work in the company’s favor.
Are you surprised that the iPhone 4S consumes so much more than other models? How do you consume the most data on your mobile device? Let us know in the comments.