Apple Marks iOS 7 Adoption Rate at 74% based on App Store Usage Numbers
In a recent change to its developer website, Apple notes the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system has hit a 74 adoption rate as of December 1, a very large share compared to the 22% seen by iOS 6. As noted by the folks over at TechCrunch, Apple updated its developer support portal for the iOS App Store earlier today and included the graph seen above to illustrate iOS 7’s quick adoption rate.
According to the Cupertino California company, the numbers are based on App Store usage, with the share of devices running iOS 7 being at a whopping 74%. Given the short amount of time iOS 7 has been on the market (less than 3 months), the pick-up rate is quite astonishing. Apple originally released the latest version of its iOS mobile platform on September 18 alongside the iPhone 5S and 5C launch.
Although the adoption rate of iOS 7 continues to outpace its predecessor, the older version is still running on nearly a quarter of all active devices. This means roughly 96% of iOS users are running the two most recent operating systems, the older of which is just over one year old. Apple’s numbers nearly mirror those of ad network Chitika, which on Wednesday released data regarding iOS device Internet traffic. According to the analytics, iPhone version distribution stood at 74.1% for iOS 7 and 22.4% for iOS 6 during the three-week period between October 25 and November 18. As far as iPad users go, roughly 9% were still using iOS 5 though the number can be attributed to the tablets’ longer lifespans.
The same report, the ad firm outlined Android fragmentation, which saw just over half of all users running the last-generation 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean. Googles current Android 4.4 KitKat is only operating on 1.1% of devices, while 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 2.3 Gingerbread account for 18.6% and 24.1%, respectively.
Overall, Apple must be quite content with their success with iOS 7.