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Apple says the adoption rate of iOS 8 stands at 46% five days after its release

Apple says the adoption rate of iOS 8 stands at 46  five days after its release

If you've longed to download and tinker with iOS 8 ever since it got unveiled this June, then September 17 has probably been one of your more notable days from the already-past summer. It was then when Apple unleashed the latest rendition of its mobile OS, iOS 8, which brought few differences in the visual department, but a plethora of useful features and under-the-hood improvements over iOS 7. And thanks to the lack of fragmentation, the newest version of iOS usually finds its way to the compatible Apple devices in no time.

iOS 8 is no exception from this unwritten rule. Apple revealed that just after five days of being available for download, the latest version of the mobile operating system can be found on more than 46% of the compatible Apple devices. Meanwhile, the older iOS 7 is still slightly ahead with 49%, but this will surely change rather soon. The remainder of 5% of Apple devices are still running previous iOS iterations. Interestingly enough, just prior to iOS 8's immediate release, iOS 7 apparently ran on 90% of all Apple devices.

Apple says the adoption rate of iOS 8 stands at 46  five days after its release
As a side comparison, the latest pieces of data from Google reveal that the latest version of its Android OS, Android 4.4.x KitKat, can be found running on 24.5% of all Android devices. The reason for this stark, yet logical contrast is, once again, the aforementioned fragmentation.

Numerous sources claim that iOS 8 is basking in a slower adoption rate compared to iOS 7 a year ago. It is even speculated that the adoption rate of iOS 7 for the first 24 hours after its release was twice as high in comparison with the one of iOS 8. There are several reasons behind this alleged slow start, one of which is the large amount of storage space required by the update itself.

Don't forget to check out our review of iOS 8 and the comparison we made between it and the predecessor, iOS 7!

source: Apple via TechCrunch

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posted on 23 Sep 2014, 04:59 5

1. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


no android haters? :))

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 05:49 8

7. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


iOS8 lags and application always crash!!!

my ipadmini is the only iOS in my device it has 32gb,but still it lags on iOS8 and when i'm using facebook it always crashes!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:02 10

9. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Sound not good to you.

My iPad Mini 16GB running smooth and no lag experience since I updated to iOS 8.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 18:09 2

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 21289; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mine too, it works flawlessly on my iPad mini 2. Aba did you get a 6 yet?

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 04:29

53. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


i dont know y this is happening to my ipad mini,i always use my ipad mini since this is the gadget for me in everyday usage except for texting and calling because i use lumia720 and xperiaz2,

after refreshing my facebook app it will flash the wallpaper then back to the app,i dont know if the software has something to do with this

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:17 5

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


You haven't use iOS device for a while haven't you. My dad has iPad Air and if you really can't tell that it has low amount of RAM. Fast, quick and consistent performance and multitasking is ok, too. Probably going to trade my N7 for Mini 2 at some point.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:34 3

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Ex Apple user here.

Here's why:

Apple only intended the multitasking bar to be a list of recent apps, not apps that are running in the background. It’s not a task manager, no matter how much it looks like one. In fact, almost nothing in the multitasking bar is truly “multitasking.” Apple’s tightly controlled platform instructs most apps to stop running code when the home button is pressed.

There are five states of app activity on iOS, with the least interesting being Not Running, and Inactive. Not Running simply means the app is closed or hasn’t been launched. Inactive is a running app that isn’t running code, for example if the device is asleep. Active is the state of an app when it is in the foreground being used.

When an iOS user hits the home button, an Active app moves to Background. A Background app is not on the screen, but is still executing code. Most Background apps immediately switch to Suspended mode. A Suspended app is cached in memory, but uses no processor cycles, and thus is running no code on the device. If the device needs more memory for a game or other large app, Suspended apps will be cleared from RAM.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:39 2

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


That's why the Pos garbage is smooth.

Because it's a fake bogus multitasking pusedo Darwin Unix platform.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:47 7

18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Yet there is a settings called background refresh, which apps can apply for as well (api) and apps have the ability to keep running, like nav, in the background. True, iOS has a slightly different multitask environment, but to say it doesnt multitask at all, is sheer ignorance.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:07

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


You are wrong.

Apps are only allowed to remain Background tasks and run code for longer than a few seconds in specific circumstances. A series of tightly controlled APIs allow indefinite backgrounding for things like VoIP, location tracking, and audio playback. None of this has any bearing on what is in the multitasking bar. A well-written app should suspend itself when it’s done running code, and users shouldn’t really have to monitor such things on iOS.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:33 3

26. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Still a few controlled API's for background running, is a lot more than the no multitasking at all, as you mentioned before. So when an app calls for these api's they can run in the background indefinitely, otherwise iOS will freeze them. So a well written app calls for these api's and run in the background. A not so well written app is killed off, not hogging the cpu/battery.
True, not all apps are supported, since there are only a few API's Apple considers possible. A lot more than the few you mentioned though. Android supports more open multitasking, but both versions have it's downsides.
Also.. the recents panel in Android not only shows running tasks but frozen apps as well.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:46 2

30. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You are right...in android, even the apps that are frozen or force closed/ hibernated still remain in the recents panel unless they are swiped away so its wrong to say that all the apps in the recents panel are the ones that are open/ running.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:20 1

45. AlikMalix (Posts: 5869; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


RebelwithoutaClue, bro we can always rely on you to straighten things out... I always look for you posts - you corrected me on Android facts before... cudos...

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 03:20

51. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Thanks for the cudos, I just don't like (in my eyes) incorrect information. Doesn't matter If it comes from an Android, BB, iOS, WP user :-)

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:44 2

27. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


It depends on the app and the settings, I play a game, listen to pandora, and run google maps all at the same time on a 4S, which sounds like multitasking to me.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:14 2

32. Wiencon (Posts: 1876; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Oh, so iOS doesn't have multitasking? How pathetic you are. So, how is it possible that on my Air i can use Auria DAW recording from Audiobus using Sampletank and Amplitube all simultaneunsly? With guitar and Keyboard plugged in at the same time? I guess it's magic. And guess what, I caan do it all together without any lag, and these apps are PC quality so c'mon I'm waiting for your answer, hater.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 15:57

42. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Read post 16 properly.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:41 1

46. AlikMalix (Posts: 5869; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Arte, what ever the process is like - I never found my self limited by iOS, especially when it comes to multi-tasking. There are numerous things multitasking on every iOS device. My iphone has taken over my car infotainment, navigation, calls and texts modes completely (mind you - I have voice control that came on my car too - it's a 2007 Audi) - so I have maps voice directing me, while listening to iTunes Radio or Music from my Cloud Drive at home (I used to use Pandora same way, but iTunes has all the songs from my native country), at the same time, while "find my friends" is updating my kids location (or when she leaves that location), while using siri to text my wife... At the same time, the phone is tracking my location to make sure I'm reminded to buy groceries that was synced from my ipad that my wife set up at home as a location based reminder. At the same time apple maps is waiting for me to stop the car and start walking to change the driving directions to walking directions (incase there's a shorter walking distance).

That maybe an overexaturated scenario, but iPhones do that consistently and without lag.

Most of the time, I have music playing while playing a game. At the same time without stopping any of that - I use Siri to report weather, or check the callendar without opening it.

That example where you guys watch a movie and use a calculator at the same time is kinda of pushing it - I mean, watching a movie on a half a screen of even a 5.5" screen is just too tiny to enjoy. If I need to make a note, a calculation, call someone, text someone, during a movie (btw nothing is worth watching a movie unless you got 7"+ screen - just too small) - I can - it brings up siri, I talk, siri responds, done - continue watching the movie..

Prada, jokes aside, how do you use multitasking on your non-rooted Android/Windows (what ever phone you got)... ?

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 03:21

52. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Audi suck, Alfa is better ;-)
(let's start a different brand war here)

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 05:05 5

3. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


ios8 will stay on around 65%. Because of the large amount of ip4 in the market. Anyhow for statistics soun good. IMO

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:26

15. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


That’s where I would have to disagree with you. There will be a great many iP4 users that will upgrade to the iP5 and iP6, many of them because of the 2 year contract renewal and Apple will (eventually) stop supporting the older devices/services.

Apple has a great business model:
1) Be the only vendor for software (iOS)
2) Be the only vendor of hardware (iPhone)
3) Withhold newer software features from older hardware
4) Cause newer software to cripple older hardware
5) Propitiate the myth that a peace of hardware or software was not included because it is not needed
6) Take HW/SW that was talked about in #5, include it in your product next model year as your "REVOULATIONARY" idea

When your the Alpha/Omega of your products and a great number of people have bought into your product line for various reasons then you can run your business like this.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 05:17 2

4. Cynaraos (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


I'm pretty sure whoever released this statistic didn't include any devices that aren't able to upgrade to iOS 8.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:09 1

11. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Why not? The 5% earlier are probably devices that couldn't update to 7. It's a graph of devices with their versions, not devices that could run iOS 8 but haven't yet.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:53 2

19. HeyitsKate (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)


Good thing 40+% are able to get it :) :) ;)

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:11 3

23. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why wasn't your name iKate?

Since your a big Apple iFangirl.

Are you an iCult?

Do you worship Steve jobs?

Are you the member of iReligious?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:31 7

25. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You may not like apple but you should not get personal...respect others' choice.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 09:10 1

35. HeyitsKate (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)


Thank you Techspace :)!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 10:31 1

37. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You're welcome :-)

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 23:30 1

50. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


How can u hate apple so much?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:59

20. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


So sad. My iPad 2 runs with more stutter and pauses with iOS 8. Hmm...should I keep it, get an iPad Air or get a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:09

22. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


My iPad 2 runs poorly, as well, and I never intended to upgrade to 8. My wife thought she was doing me a favor while I was at work. Still, I can't be too upset. The iPad is getting a little long in the tooth, and when the new ones come out next month, she gets to retire.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:46

29. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I am pretty sure Apple is still leting people downgrade to ios 7, better hurry though.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:14 2

24. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Half of that 46% are now screwed with performance issues and need to go buy a new iPhone. LOL! Perfect business model.

And shame on you PA for writing such a biased article...

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:44 3

28. Iodine (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


And 75 percent of android users will never see the newest version and need to go and buy another android device... But I think thats completelly honest bussiness model for you.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:51 2

31. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Got any link or statistics that you mind sharing to back up your statement?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 13:14

41. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Google reports the total user base of android for their statistics of adoption rate, while this article says "46% of the compatible Apple devices".

...But you think that's a completely honest business model?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:28

33. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


In our household, we updated 2 iPad minis, an Air, gen 2, and gen 3. The only one that is having performance issues is the gen 3. It even gave us hell just trying to complete the update. Other than that, 4 out 5 is not too bad but the wife is still ticked off that she lost all of her Christmas photos.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 21:52

47. AlikMalix (Posts: 5869; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


It doesn't matter whether you're updating your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, PC, or a MAC - Always back up your stuff before doing an update on OS level. And dont make excuses that you cannot use iTunes or Automatic Updates when walking into your home. If you attach any iOS device to usb - it will popup on windows just like any camera or external drive device - NO ITUNES NEEDED - copy all videos and photos/images to your harddrive and that's it - takes a minute (or two if you got thousand photos).

Or do what my aunt does - go to Apple store in the evening and ask them to back up all to a usb or something and have them run the update if you're completely non techie. (on android you'll have to search the web for directions if you're non techie)...

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:54

34. Antman11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


its been running smooth on my mother-n-laws 5s and daughters ipod touch.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 10:00

36. surethom (Posts: 675; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


It's impossible to compare this to Android as ios is on less than 5 phones where as android updates are on at least 6 manufacturer phones then there are over 6 manufacturer.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 10:58

38. tschlicht (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Another reason for the slow adaptation of iOS8 is that so many iDevice users don't know what an iOS is or that there is an update to iOS 8 or even what that large number in red is about the Apps icon.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 12:05

40. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2891; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


If this was the case, why did iOS7 update spread so fast?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 22:03

48. AlikMalix (Posts: 5869; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I think iOS 7 was a visual update vs. iOS8 more of background features update. I see it as an easy adoptable by everyone approach. You change too much right away and your not so techie friends get confused. Apple caters to 90% of population that includes business owners, their employees, your average consumers, a bit of tech gurus, as well as grandmas and "oh my God" teenage girls.

People are more attracted to visual components than non-visual components - even if iOS8 had a million times more changes than iOS7, but looked the same at first glance - People adoped iOS7 quickly because they see different style...

Regardless, it's been like a week and almost half the users have it... Not Bad....

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 11:18

39. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Seriously, why is this even news? If Android was closed and it was only stick android the adoption rate would be high too.

Once a software update pops up, you install it 90% of the time.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 23:30

49. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


But its not.

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