iOS 10 Now Installed on Nearly 80% of Active iOS Devices

Just over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public, the operating system is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by Apple.

iOS 9 remains installed on 16% of active iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, while 5% of devices are running an earlier iOS version, as measured by the App Store on February 20.

iOS 10 adoption appears to be slightly outpacing iOS 9 adoption over the same time period. iOS 9 adoption briefly stalled at 77% of active devices last February.

iOS 10 could see further adoption when iOS 10.3, which is currently in beta for developers and public testers, is officially released. The software update's key new features include "Find My AirPods" and a switch to the all-new Apple File System (APFS).

iOS adoption continues to significantly outpace Android. Nougat, the latest version of Android, is installed on just 1.2% of active Android devices as of February 6, despite being released six months ago today. Android Lollipop, released in November 2014, is still installed on 32.9% of active devices.

Apple's control over both hardware and software gives it an advantage over the Android ecosystem, while Apple persistently notifies iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to update to the latest iOS version, including offering the option to have the software update install overnight while the device is plugged in.

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38 months ago
Hard to be impressed when your device tricks you into upgrading through random popup reminders.

It's happened before whilst I was playing a game that requires key presses in the exact same space.
Rating: 35 Votes
38 months ago
Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom:

Rating: 34 Votes
38 months ago
I honestly feel like they make it run slower on the previous gen devices.
Rating: 26 Votes
38 months ago

Bet the 10.2 jailbreak increased that a bit
Since the only jailbreak was 9.3, there were still a few users that had to stay on 9

Still keep pushing my friends and family to 10, iOS 10 is the best version of iOS that's ever been released, with updates to Messages, a redesigned Maps app, new Photos features, Siri to control your home with the new Home app, and a better experience to jam out to your favorite songs with an all new Apple Music app

Vast vast vast majorities of people do not jailbreak. It is a non-factor.
Rating: 21 Votes
38 months ago
These stories remind of the 100% voter participation in <insert tyrannical autocratic or oligarchical country here>.

Apple applies serious psyOps when it comes to updating these days. Screen nag after nag after nag. And it knows when you are in a rush and need to access info ASAP because that is when it sends the friendly pop-up asking if you want to update now... no? OK, tonight! Hey user I said TONIGHT! Heh.

It take a special person or an unsupported hardware owner not to update Apple OSes these days.
Rating: 18 Votes
38 months ago
Proof that extremely annoying and persistent nag screens work. Bummer. That only feeds Apple's cause to continue doing it forever. I wonder how many people would have "downgraded" to iOS 10 if they could have turned that nagging off for good.
Rating: 14 Votes
38 months ago
iOS 10 was great but 10.3 is even better, APFS will be the next great thing and with iOS 11 only for 64 bit devices I think that all system will be more stable and smoother.
Rating: 14 Votes
38 months ago

Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom:

it's funny that all these years, and all the information that's out there on how iOS and Android update, and work and the nature of the OS's,

you still believe that this is relevant in any way.


It's not.

Android's Version adoption does NOT have the same impact on Android devices as iOS has on iPhone.

iOS requires constant iOS updates for many of it's core applications such as itunes, maps, etc. the nature of how the design works means that to update many of these core applications, an OS upgrade is required to get the new features and new versions of these core apps.

this is NOT TRUE in Android. Google has pulled applications out of the OS level and tied them to the version of google play services installed, and NOT the OS. Google Play Services is a seperate product from Android and can be installed/ upgraded / patched independantly from the OS via the Google Play store. This is also the same for all of Google's core Apps. They are not bound to the OS version, so what you find is that most modern applications (and google core applications) are compatible as far back as Android 4.0 without any hiccups.

Don't get me wrong, I think the current way android updates are handled, through OEM and carriers is a pain in the sphincter and sucks cold camel c... well, I'll just leave it at that. But to believe it has some magical "THIS IS BETTER BECAUSE EVERYONE IS ON CURRENT VERSION" truth? nahhhh. thats a fundamental misunderstanding of the differences between Operating Systems
Rating: 13 Votes
38 months ago

I honestly feel like they make it run slower on the previous gen devices.

I don't believe that it's done on purpose as part of some grand master plan of planned obsolescence.

What's happening is just that, new versions tend to add new features. New features require additional resources, to have that feature running it has to be in RAM, so RAM usage goes up. it needs storage on disk, so disk (storage) access goes up. it needs processing cycles, so it uses more of those.

add enough new stuff to a new version of an OS, and put it on older hardware, and you will find that the older hardware, sometimes just doesn't have enough of all that. RAM, storage speed, or cpu cycles, so that the device feels slower while those extra resources are being used up.

this isn't new. anyone who was computing through the vast majority of 80's, 90's and even 00's experienced this on laptops and esktops regularly. Constantly having to buy new hardware just to run software / games without bogging down or slowing. Heck, we all remember how big the jump from XP to Vista was on system resources.

What bother's me more, is not that the newer OS's need more resources. Is that Apple doesn't let you downgrade should you encounter issues with the new OS. ocne you upgrade, AFAIK, thats it. you're stuck on a slow performing device unless you buy a new one. If it were a computer, you'd just wipe it and reinstall your old OS. heck, you can even do that with Android if you're so inclined. It's only really Apple that has these limitations in place.

I would like to see Apple borrow a little from Android's playbook when it comes to allowance of users to stay on old versions and still receive security updates, instead of forcing a full blown upgrade just to keep current.

I would be curious what the percentage would look like after being adjusted for devices capable of receiving the update. For both Apple and android. Especially for android I would suspect there's quite a few devices for which the new OS is unavailable.

my iPod Touch, 1st Gen is still on iOS 3.

I doubt that's calculated in this :p
Rating: 10 Votes
38 months ago

I honestly feel like they make it run slower on the previous gen devices.

I believe so too, people tell me I need to restore and blah
No, 10.2 on 6 Plus is laggy
Rating: 9 Votes

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