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  • Apple: 81% of Our Users' iOS Device Users Are Running iOS 8


    Apple has updated its statistics via its App Store distribution Web page this week to reflect on more accurate readings as of recent weeks. Two weeks ago, Apple bragged that 79% of its iOS device users were running iOS 8, but this time around, Apple is touting 81% of its iOS device users are now running iOS 8.

    The pie graph appears to show iOS 8 taking from the pool of iOS 7 users. The additional 2% rise of iOS 8 adopters since just two weeks ago can be attributed to those who have updated to use the new Apple Watch or to take advantage of newer features in iOS 8, as well as those who have recently bought an iOS device with iOS 8 pre-installed on it.

    17% of iOS device users continue to cling to iOS 7, whether their devices aren't capable of running iOS 8, or they simply don't want to/know how to update. 2% are in the same boat for iOS versions earlier than iOS 7.

    As the Apple Watch falls into the hands of more and more consumers in coming months, the number of users updating to iOS 8 is expected to grow.

    Currently, iOS 8.3 is the latest iOS firmware release to date for the public, which brought with it a large variety of bug fixes that were implemented shortly after the iOS 8.2 release, which included initial Apple Watch support. iOS 8.4 is currently in its beta stages with the second beta having been seeded to developers and Public Beta Program participants just yesterday.

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple: 81% of Our Users' iOS Device Users Are Running iOS 8 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      81% of iOS devices are running iOS 8. Whether voluntary or not, that is a fact. We report on facts.
      I apologize for the rather hot wording of my previous post. Yes, in the end you did report a fact and yes I agree that you typically do a great job with your reporting. But the problem with every single one of these stats that gets posted (that come from Apple) is they give the appearance that this many people chose to go to iOS 8, which is not the case. Many simply had no choice.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      We put it out there in paragraph 2 the best we could without hurting the reputation of Apple that many of the numbers are related to those purchasing new iOS devices, as well as those updating. In fact, I specifically went out of my way not to say "everyone is updating." But concurrent with the previous posts, 2% is an eye-opening increase, and the launch of the Apple Watch is suspect as the reasoning for a lot of upgrades.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      We put it out there in paragraph 2 the best we could without hurting the reputation of Apple that many of the numbers are related to those purchasing new iOS devices, as well as those updating.
      The problem is you're insinuating in that very paragraph that the rise was from "iOS 8 adopters", when some or many of them could very well have been new device purchases or people who had to restore because of device or system problems and that was their only choice.

      That said, I have no doubt that the Apple Watch has made many people update. But that does no excuse the use of blanket statements and misrepresenting information, especially when each time they are made out to be showing adoption when that in and of itself is a farce. It would likely benefit the site and it's users more if these were not posted any more.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      The problem is you're insinuating in that very paragraph that the rise was from "iOS 8 adopters", when some or many of them could very well have been new device purchases or people who had to restore because of device or system problems and that was their only choice.

      That said, I have no doubt that the Apple Watch has made many people update. But that does no excuse the use of blanket statements and misrepresenting information, especially when each time they are made out to be showing adoption when that in and of itself is a farce. It would likely benefit the site and it's users more if these were not posted any more.
      With respect, both points were mentioned and nothing is being insinuated. Apple-direct numbers, statistics, and claims are unlikely to disappear from the site.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      With respect, both points were mentioned and nothing is being insinuated.
      When you say things like "The additional 2% rise of iOS 8 adopters since", you are making it sound like all of those were voluntary upgrades, as adoption implies a choice, something there isn't much of when you consider that newly purchased devices tend to come with the latest version and how freely downgrading virtually impossible.