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iOS 7 adoption reaches 90 per cent ahead of iOS 8

Sam Loveridge


iOS 7 adoption

Apple has revealed that 90 per cent of users have made the upgrade to iOS 7 on their iPhone and iPad devices.

iOS 7 was made available in September 2013 and Apple has confirmed that 90 per cent of users are running the latest mobile operating system.

The announcement was made quietly as part of an update to the Apple developer page, which states the updated figure is correct as of 13 July 2014.

Apple revealed 87 per cent of users were on iOS 7 in April, so the adoption has grown at a rate of around 1 per cent a month.

This growth saw the iOS 6 share drop to 9 per cent from 11 per cent, with only 2 per cent running anything earlier than that.

These impressive figures, which show growth despite the incoming iOS 8 release, is in stark contrast to Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat adoption.

As of May 1, only 8.5 per cent of Android devices are running the latest Google mobile operating system.

iOS 8 will arrive sometime in the autumn bringing with it a number of improvements for Apple’s operating system.

Some of these include being able to use third-party keyboards, share your apps and other iTunes/pp Store content with up to six people in your family, and take advantage of the new iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive stores all your documents and other content including music and images in the iCloud enabling you to access them from multiple devices.

In the spirit of multiple Apple devices, there will be much more connectivity between your iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite devices than ever before.

Read more: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite – What’s new?


July 15, 2014, 1:25 pm

My nook HD + I cant upgrade (without rooting it) past the 4.0.4 I'm pretty sure lots of device have some kind of restrictions or use custom versions (the kindle etc.)

So really its not a surprise that the uptake figures aren't the same as apples.


July 15, 2014, 1:35 pm

I don't think that fact is being ignored, I think the point is that because of that fact there ends up a lot of devices stuck on older version. I believe Google are attempting to make it more attractive for companies to use stock Android, however I don't think that will overcome a need for device branding.


July 15, 2014, 2:02 pm

Fair enough, would prefer stock Android too, so every user gets the same base experience.


July 15, 2014, 3:26 pm

I can't update my iPhone 3G to iOS7. Did they only include "supported devices" in their stats?

Prem Desai

July 15, 2014, 3:40 pm

Credit to Apple for making upgrades easy.

However, we can't ignore the fact that even though they increment the numbers, there's not much change between iOS 1 and 7!!

Prem Desai

July 15, 2014, 3:53 pm

I'd rather be on an older version of Android than the latest version of iOS.

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