Study Shows iPads Are WiFi Consumption Monsters
According to the findings of a new survey by Meraki, a cloud services provider, iPad users have an appetite for WiFi like a sumo wrestler at an all-you-can-eat buffet. iPads use significantly more Wi-Fi data than the typical mobile device. How much more, you ask? The average iPad, Meraki found, consumes over 400% more Wi-Fi data than the average Android, iPod, and iPhone.
To produce the survey's results, Meraki anonymously polled better than 100,000 randomly selected devices accessing "general use, public, and educational Wi-Fi networks across the US." Meraki says the survey looked at bandwidth usage and operating system popularity over selected periods in 2010 and 2011.
The study also found that mobile platforms are rapidly overtaking desktops in terms of devices plugged into Wi-Fi networks, just as Apple announced earlier this month at the kick-off to WWDC. IDC maintains that mobile-device shipments will hit - and likely exceed - 462 million next year. In 2012, PC shipments are currently projected to come in at approximately 448 million.
Meraki says iOS and Android together now account for 58% of Wi-Fi devices, compared to 33% just twelve months go. The iPhone, however, is now the single most popular Wi-Fi device on the market with a 32% share.