iOS Devices Could Account For As Much As 83% Of All Airport WiFi Use [Report]

By

The FAA forces us to turn off our electronics during takeoff and landing. Tell them you want that rule changed.
The FAA forces us to turn off our electronics during takeoff and landing. Tell them you want that rule changed.

On your next flight, along with an extra pair of socks and a hefty dose of patience, you are likely to take your iPhone or iPad to the airport, leaving you laptop at home. More than eight out of ten mobile devices used in airports carry the Apple logo, according to a study released Wednesday.


Devices powered by Apple’s iOS account for 83 percent of mobile devices using airport Wi-Fi, according to Boingo Wireless. Android devices land in fourth place, behind the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. More than half — 58 percent — of the Wi-Fi devices found at airports during June were smartphones or tablets.

“Since the launch of the iPhone in June 2007, we’ve seen a marked growth trend for non-laptop devices, but the exponential growth in iPhones and iPads in the last year pushed mobile devices past laptops, showcasing just how disruptive the trend is,” Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, said.

The Wi-Fi Snapshot surveyed more than 60 airports in North America and Europe, along with Boingo customers using non-laptop devices at more than 400,000 wireless hotspots.