In October of 2016, the New York Police Department finished a two-year-long rollout of Windows-based smartphones to all of its 36,000 officers.
Now, less than a year after that $160 million initiative came to fruition, the NYPD is giving up and moving its officers to Apple iPhones.
"The NYPD has begun the process of transitioning to iPhones. The new devices will be deployed starting this fall, with the same applications that have led to an 8% reduction in response times," an NYPD spokesperson said.
The new iPhones, like the Windows phones they're replacing, were provided to the department at no cost, the spokesperson said, although the department had to pay for software and services. Despite replacing the phones, the overall cost of the police department's deployment of mobile devices is "45% under budget," the spokesperson added.