iOS 6 Sees 93% iPhone Distribution and 83% iPad Distribution Ahead of iOS 7 Reveal
Although next week we’re all likely to see the introduction of the newest version of iOS, a new study finds that the current version of Apple’s mobile operating system is installed on more than 90% of all North American iPhones. Chitika Insights took a look at iOS version distribution ahead of next week’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, finding that iOS 6 dominates both the iPhone and iPad with regard to North American mobile web traffic.
Among the iPhones sampled in Chitika’s study, 92.7% were running some version of iOS 6. When it comes to iPads, 82.9% were running the latest version of the operating system. Within the remaining versions of iOS 5, iOS 5 was the most popular on iPhones with 5.5% traffic share. Apple’s iOS 4 had a 1.7% share, while iOS 3 had a 0.1%. Older versions fared a bit better on the iPad where iOS 5 held a 13.4% share. Versions 4 and 3 had 3.8 and 0.6% shares respectively.
Chitika explains the relatively large continued presence of older iOS versions on the iPad as likely being an outgrowth of the feature upgrades brought to the operating system with iOS 6. The latest version added features such as FaceTime over cellular and turn-by-turn navigation, both of which are most useful on a device with a cellular connection.
For those of you who might be wondering about the accuracy of the statistics, the company’s study was based on an analysis of approximately 300 million web page views in the United States and Canada in late May.
Apple has remained largely quiet on what users can expect from iOS 7 though the company has confirmed that the mobile operating system will be shown off at WWDC 2013. Among the rumored features are a new, flat interface and a possible radio service. We’ll have to wait and see what’s true and what isn’t by being a little patient.