Users of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners

“Citrix’s newly-released mobile analytics report shows that owners of the iPhone 6 Plus, consumed twice the amount of mobile data as people using the iPhone 6,” Alice Truong writes for Quartz. “(Overall, iOS is far ahead of Android when it comes to mobile traffic. A research note from Piper Jaffray in December found that iOS accounted for 61.4% of mobile traffic in the US compared with Android’s 37.5% share.)”

“Many studies have correlated larger screens with higher engagement,” Truong writes. “But there may be more going on that just video usage. Both phones tout very similar 8-megapixel cameras, but the image stabilization found only on the iPhone 6 Plus allows it to capture more detail, which translates to larger file sizes.”

Truong writes, “Another potential explanation is much simpler: iPhone 6 Plus owners are early adopters and hardcore enthusiasts, and so the device is overrepresented for people who are glued to their phones at all times.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Study after study over the years has confirmed that users of Apple’s flagship iPhone consume the most data.

As day one owners of every iPhone flagship model ever made, we can confidently say of iPhone 6 Plus: There is no substitute.

As we wrote back in October:

Unsurprisingly, we have both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus… The iPhone 6 is a beautiful phone. It’s the second best smartphone in the world, in fact. But, lay them both on our desk and we’ll grab the Plus when heading out every time. We can simply get more done with it, the battery lasts far longer, and the camera is superior. Also, as someone here at MacDailyNews likes to say (here’s a quote you won’t be seeing on the big screen during Apple’s next keynote): “Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is the ultimate fuck you phone.”

All other so-called smartphones pale in comparison to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Related articles:
Apple flagship iPhone 6 Plus captures 30% of unit sales in face of widespread shortages – January 26, 2015
The best and worst things about Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus – January 15, 2015
Five reasons to love Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus – December 11, 2014
Tom’s Hardware reviews Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: ‘Lustworthy’ – November 13, 2014
I thought the iPhone 6 Plus was too big. I was wrong. – October 30, 2014
ZDNet reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘Superb design and solid build quality’ – October 28, 2014
Forbes’ long-term iPhone 6 Plus review: ‘This beautiful freak is the iPhone’s future’ – October 22, 2014
Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus offers a very good smartphone camera – October 21, 2014
Apple looks to have significantly underestimated the popularity of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus – October 21, 2014
Apple shifts order ratio to hugely popular iPhone 6 Plus, away from iPhone 6 – October 7, 2014
Samsung is running scared of Apple’s hot-selling, 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus – September 29, 2014
Re/code reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘A statement phone,’ not a ‘plastic toy’ – September 17, 2014
The Telegraph reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘It’s peerless’ – September 17, 2014


  1. Looking at my data history, I can see that I rarely broke 5GB from the 1st iPhone to every generation since… Until the iPhone 6 Plus. Now, I often find myself having to be careful not to exceed the 30GB plan.

    Sometimes this is due to the fact that I’m tethering, but even in months where I haven’t tethered, the data can be that high, especially when traveling due to movie/TV streaming and downloading. Often on my boat, I’ll mount the iPhone next to me and stream the news or whatever.

    Data has gotten much faster, screens larger, apps better, and content more plentiful.

    1. Dear MDN,
      Crabapple hereby declares that Crabapple had thought of judging himself to a flogging for bemoaning MDN’s incessant call for a larger iPhone.
      Crabapple defrayed the flogging as mitigating circumstances were produced by himself to commute that sentence. The technology blocks that Apple inc. needed to build a larger iPhone was not in place yet and thus calling for a larger iPhone when you did was premature even though the sentiment was the right one.
      “Phew!!! I got away with that one!!! 🙂 “

  2. Not surprising.
    Iphone users with a smaller screen are going to use it more as a phone than a tablet compared with 6 plus users who will use their phone in lieu of a tablet/laptop because the screen size is big enough to give a good width of field for surfing.
    Those with a 6 probably have an iPad as well

    1. That said, even with smaller screen iPhone was always used as actual smartphone vastly more than average Android device — which was bought simply because a buyer could not buy “feature phone” any more.

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