The New York Police Department has begun scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, and are turning to iPhones, reports The New York Post.
The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices. The rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall St. to 59th St.
Within the next week, cops covering these neighborhoods will be “i-ready” to protect and serve, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology Jessica Tisch, tells The Post.
“We’ve been giving out about 600 phones a day,” she added. “We’re seeing a lot of excitement.”