Apple releases a new iPhone every year. What does this mean for your business? Should your company join the consumer bandwagon buying new smartphones for your employees once a new mobile phone is available? I think not! New does not necessarily mean better. The hardware differences between models in any phone series are minute. Software upgrades are another story but for the most part the significance of these upgrades is usually minor as well and will not affect your employee’s productivity or your ROI.
When should your business upgrade your employee’s mobile devices?
Here is our Top 6 List:
Screen Size. Let’s look way, way back at the iPhone 5, released in 2012. The screen in comparison to the large screens available today is substantial. iPhone 5’s screen diagonally is 4” compared to the iPhone XR’s which is 6.1”. A larger screen makes it easier for employees to multi-task. Smartphones with the larger screen have a split screen option. This lets you have two screens open simultaneously, which makes usage easier.
Speed. How long does it take your mobile device to load an app? Application processor performances seem to improve with each new release of mobile devices. Benchmark apps are available to test the speed of your smartphone. It can test the internal components with a series of preprogrammed operations. There are 2 types of benchmarks: Browser and Graphic. Browser benchmark may reload the same page to check for speed while a graphic benchmark will open-up a graphic to see how quickly it loads. These benchmarks can track the performance of your device over time. A few benchmark apps available are the AnTuTu and Geekbench.
Security. Make sure your employee’s devices offer hardware level security. Some newer models offer a “pattern lock” – a personalized shape or pattern that is drawn on the screen to grant access. Other security options available may be touch ID, facial recognition and iris scanners. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from Google runs the stock version of Android Pie. If a security vulnerability is spotted in the Android software, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches, that corrects a vulnerability to hacking or viral infections. In Apple’s newest iPhone rollouts have built-in security features to prevent attacks.
Battery Life. If your smart phone seems to drain the battery faster than you drain your kitchen sink, it is time for an upgrade. Signs that your battery is bad: length of charge decreases, if you need to keep it plugged in order to use your phone, and the obvious – when your phone simply refuses to work.
Storage. Older smartphones memory and storage space may be less. On the iPhone XR you can either opt for 64 GB up to 256 GB of storage while the iPhone XS Max offers 64 GB to 512 GB. Make sure your employees have devices that have substantial storage space so they will have no issues opening and utilizing apps.
Usage. Wear and tear where you don’t see it is the name of the game. In the Smartphone world that means debris. Debris in areas that you cannot reach. The older the device the more likely the device will have dirt built-up in places that are impossible to clean and may affect how well your mobile device will perform.
Average lifespan (replacement cycle length) of smartphones in the United States from 2013 to 2022 (in years)
The graph indicates that in 2018 the average smartphone will be replaced past the age of 2.77 years.
Smartphones for businesses are here for the long haul. Just remember to have a detailed Mobile Device Policy in place for your enterprise. Keeping your mobile device policy up-to-date is key. If you decide to upgrade your employee’s phones, make sure to run it by your IT department to ensure that it is necessary and to mitigate any risk assessed with the upgrade.
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