iOS 8 Adoption Reaches 81% Following Apple Watch Launch

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iOS 8 Adoption April 27 2015Apple's latest distribution numbers show that 81% of iOS devices are now running iOS 8 or later, less than one week after the release of the Apple Watch. 17% of devices used to access the App Store continue to run iOS 7 and the remaining 2% are running an earlier software version.

iOS 8 adoption rose 2 percentage points since Apple shared its last distribution numbers earlier this month, with the Apple Watch launch last Friday likely contributing to the marginal increase. Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or newer.

According to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel, approximately 91% of devices were running iOS 7 at this time last year, meaning that iOS 8 adoption continues to be slower, likely due to a wide range of reasons including software bugs and excessive storage space required to install updates.

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68 months ago
Cool, I'm the 2%! (without the money ;) )
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68 months ago

I'm sure the early Apple Watch adopters really pushed iOS installs to their limits...


All 400 of them who received their preorders? *tongue in cheek.
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68 months ago

Why should owners of older - still perfectly working - devices upgrade if the upgrade is in fact a usability downgrade and their devices are much slower than before?


To be honest, iOS 8 hardly runs any better on my iPhone 6 than it does on my work 5C and 4S on iOS 7.

In fact, my 5, 4S, and 3GS on iOS 6 remains faster at navigating around the OS, with the 5 on iOS 6 being the fastest I have currently. I really hope Apple starts bringing back some element of speed, but they don't seem to be bothered one bit.
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68 months ago
Hmmm! Still wonder how many of the 81% are new devices.
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68 months ago
I'm sure the early Apple Watch adopters really pushed iOS installs to their limits...
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68 months ago

iOS8.3 will be faster than any version of iOS7 on any supported device.


Not even close. I'm running 8.3 on my iPad 2 and it's a total dog.

And be careful about benchmarks... the stuff I care about is how quickly the keyboard responds, switching between apps, etc. That stuff is all horrible under iOS 8. It has improved a bit, but is still pretty bad in comparison.
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