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Apple’s iOS 8 is now installed on 77% of devices


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Apple has revealed that the company’s latest mobile operating system is installed on 77 per cent of its devices.

The iOS 8 update went live back in September, and has since seen strong adoption rates across iPhones and iPads.

The latest OS managed to achieve 46 per cent adoption in the first five days after it launched.

Last month we saw that figure rise to 72 per cent, so we’ve seen a 5 per cent increase in take-up since February.

It’s worth noting that not all of that increase will be based on users updating software; iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales will also contribute the number as they ship with iOS 8 out of the box.

The previous operating system – iOS 7 – is now on a total 20 per cent of Apple devices, while earlier software accounts for just 3 per cent of the device OS share.

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By comparison, statistics from Google released in March revealed the search engine giant’s latest operating system – Android 5.0 Lollipophas managed a mere 3.3 per cent adoption since its September launch.

Those figures do come with some caveats however; foremost amongst which is the fact that Android devices make up the lion’s share of mobile devices on the planet, totalling somewhere north of 1 billion according to latest estimates.

The Android platform is also heavily fragmented across an ever-growing number of manufacturers and devices, so many users have to wait for extended periods of time before the Lollipop update becomes available to them.

Google’s most popular OS remains Android Jelly Bean, which was software version 4.1.x right up to 4.3. That archaic system accounts for 42.6 per cent of Android devices globally.

Apple’s latest figures are encouraging, however, and will serve as a strong incentive for developers to design content for the new OS.

Prem Desai

March 21, 2015, 11:24 am

Not sure why I bothered to read this article and I can't believe I'm bothering to write this comment!!

This is not a competition.

OS updates remains one of Android's weakest points. They've left it to the device manufacturers to supply the updates. We all know that.

Nobody buys a device (whatever the OS) with a view of what updates they'll be getting in the future. They buy it for what it does now.

The % figures above are meaningless. How many devices are we talking of here??

Also, having the latest does not mean it's better - you also get the latest bugs and issues.


March 21, 2015, 7:27 pm

"this is not a competition" - yes it is.
To not say that Android and iOS are directly competing is blind.

Prem Desai

March 22, 2015, 8:38 am

You read this wrong. Look at the headline - it's about running the latest version.

My comment meant that the percentage of devices running on the latest version is not a competition.

Of course Android and iOS are in competition. Anybody who says otherwise probably belongs in a padded cell ...!!!


March 23, 2015, 2:20 pm

I thought Apple discontinued support for older devices - that they cannot upgrade to the latest version iOS. Is this still true? Do these numbers take that into account? I'd find it hard to believe that there is only 3% of devices on lower than iOS 7, or to put it another way that only 3% of devices cannot upgrade to iOS7/8.


March 24, 2015, 1:19 pm

perhaps they mean those that can the latest OS are doing. This just looks like a massaged statistic without any qualifications or reference.

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