A report claims iPhones are now more likely to fail than Android devices, with crashing apps and headphone malfunctions causing grief for Apple smartphone users over the past year.
Mobile diagnostics outfit Blancco Technology Group, which has called out Android for this kind of thing in the past, has now found Apple is in a worse position than its major rivals for smartphone issues.
The firm's latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report reveals that iOS is now more crash-prone that Google's Android counterpart, with the failure rate for Apple's OS having consecutively increased quarter over quarter - from 15 per cent in Q4 2015 to 25 per cent in Q1 2016 to 58 per cent in Q2 2016 to 62 per cent in Q3 2016.
The failure rate stabilised at 62 per cent in Q4 2016, but this still isn't a good figure, especially when compared with Android which suffered a 47 per cent failure rate in the same quarter.
The iPhone 6 is the biggest culprit, with Blancco shaming the device as the "worst performing" for four quarters, suffering a failure rate of 25 per cent in Q1 2016, 29 per cent in Q2 2016, 13 per cent in Q3 2016 and 15 per cent in Q4 2016.
Despite being Apple's newest smartphones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren't exempt from problems either, and both saw failure rates of 3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Crashing apps are the biggest bugbear for iPhone users, and Blancco names Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram as among the worst. Other issues include overheating and headphone problems, unlikely a problem if you own an iPhone 7.
Android devices, on the other hand, have been improving over time, with the failure rate of Google's OS decreasing by almost half from 85 per cent in Q4 2015 to 44 per cent in Q1 2016 to 35 per cent in Q2 2016.
Samsung, which has consistently had the highest failure rate, also saw an improvement, dropping from a 43 per cent failure rate in Q1 2016 to 16 per cent in Q4. Presumably, Blancco doesn't take into account devices that set on fire.
This is all good news for Android users, but with a current failure rate of 47 per cent, there are still a lot of problems, and these include camera, battery charge and USB glitches, according to Blancco.
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