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iOS 8 adoption hits 46% in just five days

Luke Johnson


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iOS 8 adoption rates are already nearing 50 per cent of compatible devices, Apple has confirmed.

With the iOS 8 update having been released late last Wednesday, September 17, Apple has confirmed that within the first five days, the latest version of the company’s mobile OS was already running on 46 per cent of compatible smartphones and tablets.

This is in stark contrast to Android updates which often take months to stretch beyond single digit adoption rates.

Highlighting the lack of fragmentation in Apple’s ecosystem, Android 4.4 KitKat currently runs on just 24.5 per cent of devices despite having been introduced last year.

With iOS 8 powering 46 per cent of devices by September 21, Apple’s figures showed that 49 per cent of iPhones and iPads were still running iOS 7. Just 5 per cent of the company’s millions of devices were running an earlier OS.

iOS 8 is compatible with a wide range of Apple products. Starting with the iPhone 4S and including the iPhone 5S, 5C and 5, as well as all but the first iPad, these iOS usage figures include the 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold over the launch weekend.

Although impressive compared with Android updates, iOS 8 adoption rates are significantly lower than last year’s arrival of iOS 7.

With some claiming iOS 7 adoption was twice as high as iOS 8 during the opening 24 hour window, the drop off can be attributed to the more incremental nature of the update. iOS 7 was the biggest change to Apple’s mobile OS since the original iPhone was released.

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Prem Desai

September 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

This is one of the few strengths of iOS over Android. However, the numbers can be made up any way you like.

For example, 100% of the people I know who have upgraded to iOS 8 have had issues with stability and / or battery life.


September 23, 2014, 12:49 pm

I'll be interested to hear about how many older devices people are still running. I still the the iPhone 4 is capable of doing most things at a fast enough rate. I know it'll be missing some camera tricks (panarama, lso motion etc) and wont' play games as pretty, but generally, as a mobile device, it's still pretty strong. And the design isn't out-dated or overly large either.
But then I guess that doesn't really bother the types who buy iPhones :P

I know this gets said a lot, but it is worrying how many people I chat to who are excited about any new iPhone, yet they don't know why. They just know they want one. I asked my boss what's new about it, what made him want to replace his 5s with the 6 and the answer was he didn't know it's just better, isn't it?

Shocking. I still don't know what they do that has this effect. I suppose if I did I'd be a millionaire marketing guru.


September 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

>> I know this gets said a lot, but it is worrying how many people I chat to who are excited about any new iPhone, yet they don't know why.

Why's that worrying?.


September 23, 2014, 3:06 pm

It's like they're brainwashed (perhaps a little hyperbolic) to want it. It's a phone that's a fashion item and a status symbol. People lusting after the newest thing without knowing why they should spend over £500. Just happy to spend it but not fussed what their money gets them.

It's worrying to think people will spend their cash without actually knowing what they're buying. They don't know that it's better other than the fact it's a 6 and not a 5, and that's got to be better right. Will my friends laugh at me if I don't have the newest iPhone?
It's worrying to me that this is what people have become through marketing.

If someone (justone!) perseon I spoke to said, "oh yeah I want this new iPhone because I think the NFC capabilities of Apple Pay will be a big step forward and probably a market leader once the ball starts rolling" or "I've used larger screened phones and the extra screen space over my 5S is really appealing" I wouldn't be worried. I'm not exaggerating. The few people I know who have ordered one don't seem to know what the difference is. It's sad and worrying.


September 23, 2014, 3:57 pm

They do know what there buying. Do they really need to know all the features in detail?.. Are we in a world were we have to justify our buying decisions, now that would be worrying.!!

So, I don't think you need to worry, people buy what they like, not what you think they should like.

>> Will my friends laugh at me if I don't have the newest iPhone?

If they do, find new friends..


September 23, 2014, 4:29 pm

I think for ordinary people on an ordinary wage, yes, you should justify what you purchase. It's over £500. Who just goes and spends £500 on something they don't need and don't understand?
This is exactly what I'm saying.
What I'm not saying is people need to understand it in detail, and I'm not saying people shouldn't buy one, what I'm saying is to just go out and buy an iPhone 6 (or a Galaxy S17 or whatever) just because you saw an advert for it is ridiculous, and the fact it's accepted to behave that way is absurd.
I laugh it off, but I still worry what people who I know can't afford these things find them a necessity.


September 23, 2014, 8:10 pm

I totally agree, some people spend money they don't have. That's what caused the boom / bust, but I don't think it was all down to Apple. :) Out of interest have you seen any adverts for the iPhone 6, I've not seen any yet anyway.


September 24, 2014, 8:39 am

I don't think that was my point, buty I'm also tired of this now. ;)

Actually, yes, there's a 6-story-high iPhone 6 advert covering the side of a building adjacent to the building where I work on one of the main routes in Manchester city centre. It's pretty hard to miss. I wonder if they pump subliminal messages out of them...

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