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iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS Devices

ios_8_adoption_5jan14Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page.

With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base.

Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has seen an understandable decline as its successor has gained ground, with the older operating system dropping from 33 percent in December to 29 percent in January. Earlier iOS versions represent just 4 percent of the current App Store user base.

Apple initially faced multiple issues following iOS 8's launch, including what has progressed to a lawsuit over storage space needed to install the OS on smaller GB devices, but the adoption rate has steadily increased as users have decided to upgrade and purchases of devices with iOS 8 preinstalled have increased.

Apple has brought a number of bug fixes and addressed some more significant flaws with recent updates such as iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, and iOS 8.1.2. The company is also continuing to work on iOS 8.2, seeding a third beta to developers in mid-December. In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, iOS 8.2 will include support for integrating with the upcoming Apple Watch.


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18 months ago
Naturally the number will go up as new devices come with iOS 8 pre-installed. Be interesting what the number would be if people got the choice to downgrade to 7.
Rating: 30 Votes
18 months ago
I take great pleasure still being on iOS 7.1.2. I will never put the garbage that is iOS 8 on my iPhone 5S.

Still rockin iOS 6 on my iPad 3, too. Will never upgrade that either.
Rating: 26 Votes
18 months ago
Same happens every year. People championing the fact they are on iOS x-1.

Apparently being one behind is cool.
Rating: 20 Votes
18 months ago

Same here…. not sure why anyone would stay on iOS7 at this point??? We have iOS8 on an iPhone 5, 6 and iPad II with no issues on any of them.

I get the impression there's a very vocal minority that wants to just trash on anything Apple without any merit behind their rants.


They may be a very vocal minority, but they are not Android users bashing Apple products. They are Apple users preferring an older Apple product to a newer Apple product.

The same principle goes for OS X and Apple hardware. Changing things that used to work with new features that only do half the things the old one could do is not a good thing for the users.
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago

I take great pleasure still being on iOS 7.1.2. I will never put the garbage that is iOS 8 on my iPhone 5S.

Still rockin iOS 6 on my iPad 3, too. Will never upgrade that either.


Many people feel iOS7 was pure garbage.
Rating: 12 Votes
18 months ago

Why? running iOS 8 without any issues on a 5s.

What are you worried about.


Maybe so. However, 7.1.2 is still more optimized and fluid. I have played with an iPhone 5S running 8.1.1.
Rating: 11 Votes
18 months ago

I take great pleasure still being on iOS 7.1.2. I will never put the garbage that is iOS 8 on my iPhone 5S.

Still rockin iOS 6 on my iPad 3, too. Will never upgrade that either.


Why? running iOS 8 without any issues on a 5s.

What are you worried about.
Rating: 11 Votes
18 months ago

Wow, a little surprising given some of the bugs people have been complaining about. For me its been stable, so I have no complaints


Being on it and being happy with it are two totally different things, this is especially true when Apple does not allow you to do anything about it.

Have to upgrade to know that you hate it.
Rating: 11 Votes
18 months ago
This is a pointless statistic if there ever was one.

It's as if people buying apple devices over the holidays had any choice in the matter of OS, and picked 8, and could change it to a different one if they wanted to but kept it because it's so wonderful.

No, no, and no.

That's a sizable percentage of users who will not install it.
Rating: 10 Votes
18 months ago
iOS 8 running fine on my 6. Wish I didn't install it on my late iPad 2.

After seeing how many people in my family with iPads and iphone 4's and 4s, I think iOS 8 may end up being Apple's Vista. I know my family is hesitant to buy anymore iOS products. Only the data will tell over the next few years.
Rating: 10 Votes

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