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iOS 12 Adoption Hits 88%, Continues to Outpace iOS 11

Apple this week disclosed that 88 percent of active iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 12, as measured by the App Store on August 6, 2019. iOS 12 adoption continues to outpace iOS 11, which was installed on 85 percent of active devices as of September 3, 2018, according to Apple.


The updated stats, highlighted by Rene Ritchie, also reveal that seven percent of active devices continue to run iOS 11, with five percent using an earlier version. This includes older devices that are incompatible with the latest iOS versions.

iOS 12 outpacing iOS 11 in adoption is not much of a surprise, as iOS 11 was plagued by several problems last year, including at least three bugs that could crash the entire system, a HomeKit vulnerability, an iPhone camera autofocus issue, autocorrect bugs, the iPhone X glitching in cold weather, and more.

The high-profile iPhone performance management controversy also likely had an adverse impact on iOS 11 upgrade rates.

In January 2018, multiple reports claimed that Apple delayed several new features planned for iOS 12 to focus on performance, stability, and bug fixes, and the software update has indeed proven to be much more reliable.

Looking ahead, Apple is now in the latter stages of beta testing iOS 13, which will be publicly released in September.

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10 weeks ago
I'm sure the constant pop-up reminders to update your iOS (if you haven't already), without giving the user any call to action to refuse, and auto-downloading the new iOS installer in the background had nothing to do with that. /sarcasm
Rating: 18 Votes
10 weeks ago
The best reason to stay on ios: updates.
Android doesnt come close.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago
What surprises me is that anyone is still on iOS 11. iOS 12 is better in every way, including speed. My guess is that some people’s phones are too full to upgrade, because that’s the only reason not to upgrade.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago
if I could downgrade, I would have downgrade immediately to iOS version 10.3.3 on my 6s. The battery life is just terrible on the current iOS (~2hrs Screen On, 100% battery health).
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago

What good are updates if iOS still lacks features that Android had seven years ago like split screen multitasking, background multitasking, background file/media/web services, dock/desktop mode, place icons anywhere on home screen, swipe away unwanted calls, external drive support, mouse support with a real pointer, etc.?


Yawn.

Android is a joke for the same reason Linux is a joke (and has never taken over Windows despite repeated claims "This is the year of Linux on the desktop" for the past 20 years. Apps.

An operating system is USELESS without software to run on it. So while Linux has many useful & powerful features that Windows lacks, they aren't enough to make it as useful overall as Windows. Same with Android vs iOS. The quality gap between iOS and Android is significant (esp on tablets where Android is an utter and complete joke).

Also interesting you left out all the things iOS had before Android (and the list is very long). Why is that?
Rating: 3 Votes
10 weeks ago
It's a solid update, and i'm very happy with the beta of ios 13 as well, especially on the ipad. I've used it 3x fold as much now; just genuinely increase in usefulness. Kudos apple
Rating: 2 Votes
10 weeks ago

I'm sure the constant pop-up reminders to update your iOS (if you haven't already), without giving the user any call to action to refuse, had nothing to do with that. /sarcasm


You can turn that off if you want. Common sense is that the vast majority of people want to know about updates to stay abreast of not only new features, and important security fixes.

People want to update because have figured out that getting a new iOS is like getting a new phone, and it's all free! That's why an Apple phone is the best value out there, and the least expensive when amortized over its useful life.

iOS 13 is incredible update. Enjoy, courtesy of that greedy Apple that keeps making our phones last longer and get better even after we've already paid for it.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 weeks ago
Take note, Apple: users care about efficiency and speed. Do this for every OS update, please.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 weeks ago

What good are updates if iOS still lacks features that Android had seven years ago like split screen multitasking, background multitasking, background file/media/web services, dock/desktop mode, place icons anywhere on home screen, swipe away unwanted calls, external drive support, mouse support with a real pointer, etc.?


Part of what makes iOS so great to so many users is the controlled experience. Does it come with a cost? Sure. You can't do that stuff you just listed.

Seems like you'd be happier with Android given all that you may want to do with your phone?
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago

What surprises me is that anyone is still on iOS 11. iOS 12 is better in every way, including speed. My guess is that some people’s phones are too full to upgrade, because that’s the only reason not to upgrade.


Hell, I'm still on 10 on my iPad pro! There are actually MANY reasons to not update iOS. Depends on your needs and use case. Since one of the main uses of my iPad is to watch movies... that I own, and want to watch offline, I keep it on 10 to keep the "Videos" app, which is a much better experience for users that don't want their movie watching experience convoluted with "recommendations" (essentially ads), don't want to stream, and where you have to navigate through a sea of BS to get to the content you actually want to watch. Again, that's just one of MANY reasons people may not want to update... "it was better for my use-case the way it was".
Rating: 1 Votes

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