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iOS 9 Adoption Jumps to 66 Percent After iOS 9.1 Emoji Update

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iOS 9 has seen its adoption rate grow to 66 percent of active iOS devices, according to numbers on the Apple Developer Support page. Two weeks ago, iOS 9 adoption sat at 61 percent.
ios9adoptionAfter 24 hours, iOS 9 adoption was in line with the adoption rate of iOS 8. However, in late September Apple announced that the newest version of iOS had the fastest adoption ever and was on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other version of the mobile operating system. iOS 8 only achieved a 64 percent adoption rate by December 23 and a 68 percent adoption rate by January 7, ending up with a high of 87 percent on the eve of iOS 9's launch.

Apple released the first major update to iOS 9 two weeks ago with iOS 9.1, which featured a slew of brand-new emojis. Since that update, iOS 9 adoption has grown by 5 percent. Earlier today Apple seeded the second beta for iOS 9.2, the second major update to its newest mobile operating system.

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49 months ago
Correlation does not equal causation. This article implies that the increased adoption was caused by the availability of emojis.
Rating: 19 Votes
49 months ago
Not because of emoji - because 9.0 was a train wreck.
Rating: 12 Votes
49 months ago
The emojis? C'mon you can write better headlines than that.
Rating: 8 Votes
49 months ago
Yep, I'm guessing everyone just wanted to give "the finger" to their friends and loved ones. :D
Rating: 7 Votes
49 months ago

Out of curiosity, which iPad?

iPad 2, the tablet they sold for years for only "$400" because people loved buying it still.
Rating: 6 Votes
49 months ago

Pretty impressive results from the lockout.

The lockout?

Yes, you know, the one where if you want to try the newer OS, shortly thereafter they stop allowing us to downgrade back to WHAT WE PAID FOR!

You're not buying the OS, you're licensing it. So what you paid for was the hardware.

Why don't they be honest!


I can't seem to find the definition via El Capitans built in dictionary.... :eek:

Your licensed version of El Cap must not be working correctly ;):D
Rating: 5 Votes
49 months ago
The 9.1 update was the only reason I updated. Emojis had nothing to do with it, which I couldn't care less about. And to draw a correlation between the percentage who since updated to 9.1 and that it also included an updated library of emojis is clutching at straws.
Rating: 4 Votes
49 months ago

Emojis? Really? 5% of people only care about EMJOIS?!

To be fair, the rolling-eyes emoji is right up there close to my most-used, especially when texting my girlfriend... :-)
Rating: 3 Votes
49 months ago
I'll occasionally get a personal text that has emoji things in it. I find it ok coming from younger family members but anything more than a smiley face from an adult seems juvenile.

If I get texts with more than a few emoji characters I usually don't even try to figure out what its trying to communicate. :rolleyes: oh the irony
Rating: 3 Votes
49 months ago

You're not buying the OS, you're licensing it. So you what you paid for was the hardware.

Your licensed version of El Cap must not be working correcting ;):D

I know I know... we are only buying the hardware. I've heard that one a thousand times :D

You do seem quite proficient at looking things up. Perhaps I need a training class... :eek:

OK, OK, I'll cool my jets over what is nothing more than Apples usual marketing tactics.

Marketing that I've personally acknowledged on the forum as world class. :D
Rating: 3 Votes

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