iOS 15 Nears Estimated 90% Adoption Ahead of iOS 16 Reveal Next Week

iOS 15 is nearing an estimated 90% adoption rate more than 250 days after its launch and nearly a year after Apple first previewed the update at WWDC 2021, according to mobile analytics company Mixpanel.

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According to Mixpanel, at the time of writing, iOS 15 has an estimated adoption rate of 88.9%, an increase of nearly 10% from just ten weeks ago. Mixpanel bases its number on tracking visits to apps and websites that use its mobile analytics SDK, so the numbers are not entirely accurate. Apple last provided adoption numbers for iOS 15 in January, claiming that 72% of iPhones released in the last four years are running the company's latest iOS release.

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iOS 15 adoption numbers shared by Apple in January 2022

iOS 15 had suffered from a slower adoption rate compared to iOS 14, partially due to it being a relatively smaller update and an initial handful of bugs that impacted users when the update first launched. iOS 15 included refinements to some system apps, introduced a redesigned Do Not Disturb and Focus Mode system, Live Text, and more.

Next week, Apple will preview iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 during its Worldwide Developers Conference that kicks off on Monday, June 6. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the new update is expected to be a significant update for users. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is planning a redesign of the Lock Screen and improvements to stock apps, new Apple apps, new ways of interaction, and more. Apple is also planning major changes to iPadOS to make it more Mac-like.

While Apple will preview iOS and iPadOS 16, alongside macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 next week, the updates will not be available to all users until later in the fall. Instead, Apple will beta test all the updates over the summer with members of the public beta testing program and developers. For everything we know about iOS 16, see our detailed roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

yellow8 Avatar
27 months ago
That's encouraging!
Still, I support iOS 13 on almost all my apps.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
exoticSpice Avatar
27 months ago

Tons of people using iPhone 5c and earlier, iPad 3 and earlier would stick to iOS 5/6 easier and with higher percentage, even if the app support is dropped.
I can't use a iPhone 4 or iPad 3 as my main driver in 2022. No way.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1028475 Avatar
27 months ago

Imagine iOS support doesn’t drop as aggressive as apple did, Tons of people using iPhone 5c and earlier, iPad 3 and earlier would stick to iOS 5/6 easier and with higher percentage, even if the app support is dropped.

Otoh, that 90% is mostly good for devs and apple, and that’s about it.
5c and earlier support was dropped cause they are 32bit devices and iOS moved to 64bit only.
iOS 15 supports 6S and newer which are almost 7 years old
I cant imagine people willingly use a almost 9 year old smart phone
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snipr125 Avatar
27 months ago
Nope not me, kept my 12 Mini and iPad Air 4 on 14.8. Was not keen on upgrading to IOS 15 because of the CSAM thing (Apple scanning photos on your iphone). It looks like they are not going to implement it, but i will wait until the last version of IOS 15 to be sure.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
27 months ago
Why does it take an OS update to update stock apps or add new first party apps?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
27 months ago
The early months of iOS 15 were really bad for no reason. It was a train wreck. Just when iOS 15 becomes sort of dependable recently - iOS 16 will drop and all the BS starts over again.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)