iOS 7 adoption skyrockets to 87 percent; iOS 7.1 to 58 percent

iOS 7 adoption skyrockets to 87 percent; iOS 7.1 to 58 percent

Summary: iOS users update their operating systems faster than any other platform. iOS 7.0 and 7.1 are reaching new milestones at a fanatical pace.

TOPICS: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad
iOS 7 adoption rate skyrockets to 87 percent
(Chart: Apple)

Apple has published new statistics that shed new light on iOS 7 adoption. According to its Developer Support website, iOS 7 accounts for 87 percent of all clients accessing the App Store during a seven-day period ending April 6, 2014. in March iOS 7 adoption was 83 percent.

By comparison, iOS 6 accounts for 11 percent of App Store access and earlier versions of iOS, just two percent. 

87 percent adoption is a pretty amazing accomplishment given that iOS 7 was released on September 18, 2013 – less than seven months ago. 

Google, on the other hand, notes that only 5.3 percent of its users are running Android 4.4/KitKat, which came out a month after iOS 7. The bulk of Android users – 61.4 percent – are running some variant of Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3).

iOS 7.1's ascent has been almost as swift, with the first major iOS 7 dot-release grabbing an impressive 58 percent share according to analytics firm Mixpanel. iOS 7.1 hit 21 percent share in its first three days.

iOS 7.1 adoption is at 58 percent as of April 7
(Source: Mixpanel)

iOS 7 could pass the 90 (or perhaps even 95?) percent mark by the time WWDC rolls around in June. WWDC 2014 is also expected to give developers their first peek at iOS 8, the next major iOS release, expected to arrive in the fall.

Topics: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • It is a bit misleading

    Stats were collected based on sample of "all clients accessing the App Store during a seven-day period". That does not mean that this is percentage of all devices. It is just a percentage of users accessing app store. In any case it is important for developers as they do not need to develop for older iOS versions.
    • Re: is this a percentage of all iOS devices or not

      Perhaps this is a valid stat for all iOS devices. Consider that Apple knows who owns what iOS device (via App Store login) and that it knows all registered owners of it's iOS devices. Given answers to those two parameters, it would be trivial to compute a percentage of iOS devices using a particular version of it's operating system.

      Of course, the assumption is that during a seven day period, All iOS devices accessed the App Store at least once. With app version updates, usage of iRadio or any iCloud activity, the assumption that every eligible iOS device did access an Apple server at least once during that time period might be true.
      • Re: Re: is this a percentage of all iOS devices or not

        That percentage cannot be true. Why? Because Apple has users in countries where some of these services don't work, users who don't use these services at all, and users who hardly ever visit the App Store. My mum and her sister are an example of these users.
        Given their source of data I'd say they have such high percentages because the data pool is made up mainly of people who are heavy users of Apple services. People who jailbreak their phones will also not be included in this demographic.
  • The Number That Was Not Disclosed

    "This report was generated from 1,559,582,640 records."

    They know when you've been sleeping, They know when you're awake....

    • So?....

      Even my central heating knows when I'm awake or asleep, or active, or in one or another room. Same for my security zoning. My train company knows when I'm late for work and what time I leave, where I start and finish a journey.
      Your point is?
      • If You Feel The Need

        to be monitored that closely, you could just get a wife!
      • The point is

        None of them know everything. Except Apple. And maybe Google (if you use an Android device). Having services know about a certain aspect of your life is not a problem as far as these services don't come together to share information. That's the problem with the Apple and Google ecosystems. Microsoft seems to be catching up too.
  • Read this before updating to iOS 7.1

    If you have not updated to iOS 7.1, read this before updating:
    More than 52000 views and nearly 500 comments about a problem with personal hotspot that Apple is ignoring.
  • Apple are being disingenuous

    The high adoption rate that Apple boasts of doesn't mean users neccessarily *like* iOS 7. It reflects the fact that they won't allow any return path, even for users who loathe the new OS.

    Apple regularly sends messages saying "an update is available for your device" and anyone who clicked "update" in this case was permanently forced onto IOS 7. It made my daughter's iPhone 4 near-unuseable and even with iOS 7.1 it's still much slower than before.

    Even now iOS 7 is beset with problems and minor bugs (just read the forums) and the improvements it offers over the rock-solid iOS 5 aren't all that.

    FFS Apple - when it ain't broke, why keep fixing it?
    • iOS Updates in Settings

      Every iOS update I've ever seen has actually been launched from within the "Settings" menu, not the regular app update notification. So, it's pretty hard to not avoid an upgrade. I usually wait until I see what others are saying before I upgrade my own devices.
      • Wise move

        I do not encourage anyone to get an iOS update till at least 6 months after it has been released. Most Apple users are just guinea pigs who pay for the privilege, especially the early adopters. There hasn't been a major Apple update that I can remember that hasn't been beset with major issues so I see no reason to jump in without triple-checking.
  • MS is green with envy

    If adoption of Windows 8 came anywhere close to this they would be thrilled...
  • Comparing Apples to Sandpaper

    Drawing any comparison between IOS and Android is complete crap for one simple reason: the slug companies who sell the Android devices have exactly zero, zip, none, nada, zilch reason to make Android 4.4/KitKat available.

    If one has an iThing, IOS upgrades are difficult, albeit not impossible, to ignore.

    On the other hand no matter how bad I want Android 4.4/KitKat on my Motorola Razor Maxx, it's next to impossible to GET it until - if ever - Verizon gets off its dead ass, emasculates it and condescends to bestow it on me. What they really want me to do is buy new device. It has absolutely no incentive whatsoever to do anything that encourages me to keep the phone I have now.

    (Yes, I know there are ways to bypass Verizon and root the phone but only the risk of turning a working phone into a paperweight. Working is better than not and I don't want to play into Verizon's greedy fingers)