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iOS 8 Adoption Hits 87% Ahead of iOS 9 Release

Apple's iOS 8 is installed on 87% of iOS devices a year after its release, according to new numbers shared by Apple on its App Store developer page. The new numbers come on the eve of the launch of Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 9.

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iOS 8 adoption has been somewhat slower than iOS 7, with iOS 8 hitting 72% adoption in January 2015. iOS 7 was at 80% adoption at the same point. Additionally, iOS 8 reached 81% adoption in late April, only growing 6 percentage points in a little over four months.

Comparatively, the latest version of Android (5.1, aka Lollipop) sits at a 5.1% adoption rate. However, Android updates often take a long time to propagate to customers, partly because cell phone manufacturers and cellular carriers must bake in their apps and interfaces into the operating system.

According to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel, iOS 9 currently holds a ~1.04% adoption rate, which includes public beta testers and developers. That number will likely increase dramatically as the operating system will push to iOS users tomorrow, September 16.



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9 months ago
That moment when you see a 40 year old lady running < iOS 6. Makes me cringe. I just want to steal their phone for an hour and update and organize it...
Rating: 23 Votes
9 months ago
Wow, Android is a joke in comparison. Want the latest OS? Buy a new phone.
Rating: 18 Votes
9 months ago

That moment when you see a 40 year old lady running < iOS 6. Makes me cringe. I just want to steal their phone for an hour and update and organize it...

Why would you want to ruin the poor lady's phone? You're a meanie.
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago
Beat that Android .... ;);)

/ducks
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago

Comparatively, the latest version of Android (5.1, aka Lollipop) sits at a 5.1% ('https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html') adoption rate.


Yuck, that's abysmal.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago

That moment when you see a 40 year old lady running < iOS 6. Makes me cringe. I just want to steal their phone for an hour and update and organize it...

Don't. Someone (aka my aunt) did that to my grandma's 4S, and then Safari was suddenly unstable because – I guess – she got unlucky and had something not go right, and she was asking me what the heck was wrong with it. It's way more important for her that stuff work right than it have the latest features.
Rating: 8 Votes
9 months ago
After trying 9.0 and 9.1, I'll be staying on 8.4.1 until the OS matures. Say no to lag.
Rating: 8 Votes
9 months ago

iOS 9 currently holds a ~1.04% adoption rate,



Approximately 1.04%, oh you mean it might be 1.05%?

When you say approximately, you don't take the precision out to the one hundredths place, it makes no sense.

For the record I also think this number will increase after the release of iOS9 tomorrow.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Make the iOS 9 stable and bug free Apple! And see the adoption rate go up faster !


Have you ever seen a bug-free and 100% stable ".0" update?

No.

Never happens.

No software is completely stable and bug-free. Even iOS 8.4.1, after, what, 8 updates? Apple does a pretty good job at releasing major iOS updates that are relatively stable. At least so far. ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Why is fast adoption such a good thing though? In the apple Camp everyone seems to fall all over themselves jumping on the latest version, but if there's nothing in the new version you want, why upgrade?

On the Apple side, it seems everything is tied into OS version. You upgrade the OS, you have to use the new crippled iWork apps. You have to buy a new copy of parallels, etc. And now you even have to upgrade your bootcamp to windows 8 if you use the latest OS.

Unless you really follow the developments closely, upgrading is just asking for trouble too. Gatekeeper messed up a lot of people who didn't know it existed but suddenly couldn't install apps they'd been using for years.


I agree. Why is it such a good thing that users get access to the latest security updates and features? It should be like Windows XP where we never need to upgrade. /s

You can still use iWork 08 if you want to. BootCamp still supports Windows 7 on older Macs. But since Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and is in the last years of extended support, why should Apple go out of its way to make it work on the newest Macs?
Rating: 4 Votes

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