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iOS 8 now running on 56 per cent of devices

Luke Johnson

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iOS 8 adoption is slowly creeping up, with Apple’s latest operating system now running on 56 per cent of compatible devices.

According to the Cupertino-based company’s developer site, iOS 8 adoption was at 56 per cent as of November 10, up 4 per cent in the past two weeks.

Although early iOS 8 adoption was typically high – hitting 46 per cent of compatible devices in just five days – uptake of the software refresh petered off heavily shortly after due to widespread stability issues.

Apple has since corrected many of the early bugs and crashing concerns with the introduction of an iOS 8.1 patch.

As expected, the rise in iOS 8 adoption has seen iOS 7 usage drop to just 40 per cent. Surprisingly, 5 per cent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices currently accessing the Apple App Store are still powered by older iOS iterations.

While iOS 8 uptake has been significantly lower than past Apple software releases, it is still far higher than the heavily fragmented Android platform.

Within the opening 10 months of availability, Android 4.4 KitKat was running on just 24.5 per cent of the devices accessing the Google Play store.

iOS is compatible with a broad range of Apple devices. Although the iPhone 4 has been overlooked, all of the company’s smartphones from the iPhone 4S up – including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – are powered by the software.

Similarly, all iPads – barring the original model – can be updated to iOS 8.

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