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

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.

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