iOS 9 Adoption Rate Stalls at 77% of Active Devices

Five months after launching to the public, iOS 9 has now been installed on 77 percent of active iOS devices as of February 22, according to the newest chart shared by Apple on the App Store support page.

That adoption rate has remained static at 77 percent since the last update on iOS numbers occurred on February 8. Compared to the first adoption rate status update of the year on January 11, iOS 9 has climbed a total of 2 percentage points from 75 percent of active device installations.

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Although adoption has stagnated right now, the numbers are expected to increase in the coming months with new device launches and activations surrounding the rumored mid-March media event. In a similar period last year, iOS 8 sat at 72 percent in early February, and rose to 81 percent in April thanks to the Apple Watch. Later in September, a few days ahead of the launch of the new iPhones and iOS 9, iOS 8 hit an adoption rate of 87 percent.

In the numbers posted this week, iOS 8 still holds a 17 percent share of device activations, dropping from 19 percent in January. Earlier versions of Apple's operating system now sit at 6 percent of the chart, down from 7 percent in the January 11 numbers.

Earlier in the week, Apple seeded the fourth beta for iOS 9.3 to public testers and developers. The incremental update will still be a notable one, with additions including a Night Shift mode, updates to 3D Touch's Quick Actions, the ability to pair with more than one Apple Watch, and a bunch of other all-new features.

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14 weeks ago
That 6% better update before the FBI can get into their phones easier.
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14 weeks ago
A lot of people that have older devices just don't want to upgrade software because it will slow down their devices and have stuff they really don't feel they need.
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14 weeks ago
I'm getting tired of the constant nagging to upgrade when an update is available.
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14 weeks ago
I miss iOS 6
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14 weeks ago
I'm staying on iOS 8.4.
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14 weeks ago

I'm getting tired of the constant nagging to upgrade when an update is available.


I'm with you brother, but I'm not upgrading anymore.
I'm planning on keeping the OS that the device ships with, given anything else basically destroys the user experience.
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14 weeks ago
If users were given a choice i bet the picture would be radically different...esp in the earlier part of the pie.
Give me back iOS 7... 8 and 9 and just pants.
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14 weeks ago
I can understand why someone with an older device and iOS7 would consider not updating to iOS8, but updating from 8 to 9 is a complete no-brainer as it is FASTER on all devices, including the oldest ones supported.
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14 weeks ago
I have the iphone 6, and if i could, i would downgrade from iOS9 to iOS8...
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14 weeks ago

Here's a clue Apple. Release iTunes 12 for 32 bit and 64 bit Macs older than 2011 that can't run el capitan! I'll upgrade then. I'm not buying another computer just to run iTunes. You already have a 32 bit version for Windows XP!


I have a 2009 MacBook Pro and have El Capitan running on it just fine.
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