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Apple uses Android-style pie charting to prove fragmentation is not an issue for iOS

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Remember those pie charts that Google or analytics companies use to display how the newest version of Android is advancing through the hundreds of millions of Android devices worldwide? It usually looks something like this patch work here, depicting the latest Jelly Bean market share:

Apple uses Android-style pie charting to prove fragmentation is not an issue for iOS

Apple uses Android-style pie charting to prove fragmentation is not an issue for iOS
Apple is now doing a similar pie chart-y thingy, but it's as if to say "there's nothing to report here," as 93% of its iDevice users are updated with the newest iOS 6, and a very minor fraction is still running older versions of its mobile OS. 

"Fragmentation? What fragmentation?" might have been the working title of the chart you see on the right, which is posted at the iOS Developer Center to orient devs about the most popular version at the moment.

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posted on 21 Jun 2013, 05:57 12

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Lol is this newsworthy? the title alone is quite misleading,

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:00 13

11. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


They also forgot to say that even if an iPhone has the newest version of iOS, if its an old hardware it will not have all the features...

I.E. iPhone 4 not getting Panoramas or iPhone 4s not getting Filters in Camera (as if it was too much trouble to make) and none of those getting AirDrop...

Same happened last year with iOS 6, and iOS 5 before it, not making all the features to older devices... Siri, FaceTime over 3G etc...

This is also some form of fragmentations...

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:02 5

27. Tuxedo (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


There is a technical reason for some of these... for ex: Airdrop requires wifi with dual radios 2.4ghz and 5ghz, so that's why it is not available on older HW. Regardless, it is safe to say Apple does a better job an maintaining their HW than any Android OEM, other than Google itself; so they have a point.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:16 1

35. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


look at nexus 4, 7, 10. they all are update on the morning of days the new update is released straight from google.
touchwiz, sense and all the other arent responsibility of google. its like i made my own version of android and blame google for not updating it.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:17 1

29. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


at least apple don't leave their consumers hanging. they may not get all the features, but at least they get the update

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:22

31. sniper1087 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Facetime over 3G? works on the 4S and 5 that I have tested, not sure of the 4 since is already 3 years old, so not much to say there.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:40 1

41. Eonnaydra (Posts: 197; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


You can get an app for that.The iPhones can do almost everything because of it's App Store.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 06:02 29

2. dapsta (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Talk about polishing a turd

Having the version number without the features is fragmentation. Plain and simple.

Same as on android. You have different version numbers and you have different features.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:00 11

3. vincelongman (Posts: 1050; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'm on iOS 6 on my iPod Touch 4 and missing many features. When iOS 7 comes out fragmentation will be worse as many device won't be able to update. Also only the latest devices get features such as AirDrop (wifi transfer) and camera filters.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:20 6

5. illusionmist (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


You're missing the point...

The chart is meant for developers, which essentially says "it's okay to go on and use the latest SDK without worrying too much about old versions." Not exactly the same story for Android devs.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:20 1

30. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


so youre saying you rather not get the update at all over getting the update with a few features left off?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:20

36. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


it has never happened to me on android but if spent even 5 mins to check for update and download and install it and didnt see any difference i would be pissed off. google went from 4.2.1 to 4.2.2 and no one could see the difference but there was one and specially one i was struggling with. it fixed the bluetooth headphones sound quality.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:07 6

4. troutsy (Posts: 252; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Apple marketing invented fragmentation. It only makes sense that they would be able to make the rules about what does and doesn't count as fragmentation.

Clearly, this is similar to the game, "I win."

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:40 9

6. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


But... iOS1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all the same...

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:42 6

7. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


considering that there is only one manufacturer. this is some feat. seriously, if the chart looked anything other than this, it would spell a total failure on apple. unable to keep a few phones up to date. google is building an OS for phones that they don't make and the variations are legion. apple is lame for this. no one cares. go figure out how to make your os un-boring.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:45

8. ajac09 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


who cares beyond haters

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:55 4

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Those of us who are still running iOS 5.1.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:27 1

33. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


oh so youre complaining about not getting a update on a ipod touch? a ipod touch that does not have a front camera or retina display sit down you need to upgrade cheapskate

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:23 1

38. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Perfecet example of how making assumptions makes you look like... Well, you know the rest.

No, I'm taking about an $800 iPad which still works, although it's slow, laggy, and force closes a LOT! Why upgrade to get the exact same device with a slight hardware bump. I shouldn't need a camera to edit movies. iOS is fragmented and that's that.

As for cheapskate, I paid over $800. You sit down, and find something to remove that foot from your mouth. LOL.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:02

44. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I feel sorry for you paying $800 for a iPad. I would've bought a laptop instead genius. I'm pretty sure their is a app for editing movies. Also hardware strength is also a reason the device can't do those things

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 15:06

46. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I already had a laptop genius, and I had the money for an iPad. First you say there is an app that can do that, then you say the hardware is the reason I can't do it. Which is it? I just saying, iOS is fragmented as well, so they should stop acting as if they're perfect.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:51 5

9. boosook (Posts: 939; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Apple is deliberately lying, because even if every single iOS user upgraded to iOS6, some features are available only on some iphone/ipad versions. For example, iPhone 4 users don't have Siri. So iOS is fragmented as well. Just, fragmentation is not in the version but in the features that are enabled or disabled according to the model.
Apple, please, try again... you're not even a good troll.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:08 2

13. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


exactly and even when you get a lot of version fragmentation across android manufacturers and phone models, you still get many features before Google release them in Android...

Like Motorola phones implementing resizeable widgets before stock Android, or Sony and others allowing Screenshots, Sony Tablet allowing multiple users before jelly bean, Samsung making use of notification toggles, face unlock... etc This is the beauty of choice and innovation in Android, even if you dont get the latest version...

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:24 1

19. djripster (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


And iOS 7 will widen this gap even further.. iPhone 4 wont get features like AirDrop, Panorama or Camera Filters. While the iPad 2 gets only iTunes Radio as a new feature :(

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:03 2

12. dorianb (Posts: 361; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


If you own a 3GS or older iPhone YOU DESERVE to be fragmented. Get with current technology people.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:10 2

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


3GS!! Apple wouldn't even care about iPhone 5 once iPhone 5s hit the shelve. Lol!!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:23 2

18. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Please put back the dislike button!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:31

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Says the iPhone fanboy

Eating Grass hey

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:50 2

22. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm enjoying Google now on my iPhone 3gs, you call that fragmentation?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:14 2

15. djripster (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Lets have a chart showing which features older iOS devices iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 dont get from the newest versions of iOS instead

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:14

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


To be honest upgrading from iOS 5 to iOS 6 is hardly any difference!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:19 3

17. djripster (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


:) It did make my iPhone slower

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:29

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Ip4 or the ip4s

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:23

37. djripster (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


The iPhone 4

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:56 1

23. wendygarett (unregistered)


I like how fandroid such a butthurt and fail to realise that the word fragmentation refers to developer, not for the consumer...

Of course ios is bad for consumer, but developer is happy, because they just need to make the ios6 version of apps only, but android, is a big pain because they need to make gingerbread apps, ics apps and now jellybean apps as well...

Why develop free apps for a fragmented os when you can earn more paid apps on developing just ios6?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:10 1

25. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Blame the carriers not Google!

But it's Googles fault to let carriers decide when and what, unlike Apple it's up to them!

So know you,re a BA this week?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:24 1

26. wendygarett (unregistered)


Google now, available for android 4.1 and ios6, yet only 40% of android user enjoy it but 90% of ios user enjoy Google now

BBM, available for android 4.1 and ios6, yet another features fragmentation

Microsoft office, available for android 4.1 and ios 6, hurray my iPhone 3gs can use it while android can't...

talk about features fragmentation, android remains worse than ios in the end :)

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:24

32. sniper1087 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


only one correction BBM will be available on android 4.0 and above.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:29

40. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yeah, that all sounds iOS is great, unless you are one of the 10% that gets nothing from Apple anymore. Could Android use some improving, heck yeah it ain't perfect. But neither is iOS so let's stop pretending it is.

Wait... No broken english. Your not even the real wendy! Get your own user name, lol.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:48

42. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


According to this chart, you are not the 10%, you are the 1%

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 13:36

43. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You're right but "wendy" was talking about the 10% that wont get Google Now on iOS, so that's what I was referring too. Either way, Apple can't invent this concept, then try to say it doesn't apply to them. It does no matter how the word it.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:56

45. wendygarett (unregistered)


Lol, I'm not enjoyong to defend Apple, and my avatar says all... It just that you guys are too much...

seriously, polishing the turd? You just judging someone by your own eyes and you refeuse to experience it, there some apps that android user still left behind as my comments earlier...

why are they keep make themselves so low? It's not like Apple murdered their whole family or something :(

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 11:15

53. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am only against Apple for trying to stop competition thru litigation and not thru providing better product or value.

the rest of the Apple fan could continue to support Apple after learning about their business practice is up to them.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:09 1

24. wando77 (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Black borders on apps anybody?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:06 1

28. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


fragmentation is the price of progress...

something that was practically non-existent on iOS

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:35

34. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:26 1

39. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


this crap has no merit of course these numbers are ridiculous APPLE MAKES ONE DAM PHONE if they diversified like android this would be completely different

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 15:30

47. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1577; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


AMG SHOCKER!! A chart made by Apple, that's totally trustworthy and not exaggerated....

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 16:47 1

48. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


They should do the same thing, but with features that aren't put on older phones. iPhone 5 gets everything, 4S gets most things, but not as much as the new iPod Touch, and the 4 gets barely anything, and 3GS, sorry, you're SOL.

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 01:10

52. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 17:29

49. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6250; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So now their doing a pie chart?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 20:44

50. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Tests

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 01:09

51. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Oh Apple.....you know good in well the fragmentation with iOS is the features that are left out of older hardware, OS versions....

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