iOS 7 adoption breaks previous record, now accounts for 60% of the ecosystem
Apple's overhauled iOS 7 update has been live for less than 10 days, but the numbers have already started coming in, and they're quite impressive. According to several estimates, the adoption of iOS 7 spiked to 30% of the total iOS ecosystem in the first 24 hours, alone. This has since changed, and dramatically at that, making iOS 7 the “fastest software upgrade in history”, according to Apple, though Cupertino didn't bother to compare it to previous releases or provide exact figures.
No matter, for third-party marketing platforms like Fiksu and Mixpanel have a statistically sufficient sample of the iOS world to help them with estimates, and the willingness to share their numbers. Starting off with Fiksu, the company has been tracking iOS 7's progress hourly, and estimates that 188.42 hours after its release, iOS 7 now accounts for 57.6% of the total Apple ecosystem. The numbers from Mixpanel are fairly similar – according to their estimate, 60.97% of all iOS users are now running on the new firmware.
Fiksu has also provided a chart with a break down of the iOS universe, at least as far as the iPhone is concerned. As you can see below, the adoption rates for the iPhone 5s (1%) and iPhone 5c (0.3%) are still tiny in comparison to the yet-to-be-dethroned iPhone 5 (39.3%). The now aging iPhone 4s and iPhone 4 are no joke, either – they comprise a 32.2% and 24.7% share, respectively.
Apple has definitely made a name for itself when new software is involved – these make the rounds pretty fast, ensuring that the vast majority of people on the Apple OS are up to speed with the company's latest efforts, and that's admirable.
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iOS 7 adoption rates
1. bloodline (Posts: 686; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
sadly one advantage over android devices.
4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3656; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not really an advantage, more of a trade-off. You can have very fast updates with Android, you just have to go with Nexus/Google Play devices. So, it's either very fast updates with a stock interface, or relatively slow updates, but with a custom OEM interface that adds features that stock doesn't have. Pick your poison; I'm trying to go down a middle road with Motorola, relatively fast updates with a mostly stock interface but with a few added features.
17. SellPhones82 (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Below is a good read on how Google is overcoming fragmentation and most have yet to even notice it. Apple and Google are really coming from two different directions with OS updates and key OS features/apps. Apple keys on having devices on the same OS version, though they pull many of the newer features so that they are compatible with older models.
With Google we are starting to see much less added to new versions of Android. With 4.3 what really even changed? They added new Bluetooth support and a few other things like the new toggles that people really don't care about. Instead, "Google Play Service" is what Google uses to bypass the OEMs and Carriers to get the new features on all devices, regardless of what version of Android they are on. If you have a device with Play Store installed you get the new features.
Think about all the new stuff Google announced at O/I this year, Hangouts, Device Manager, updated Maps, Youtube, Play Games. All of those could have been in an OS update, ala Apple, but instead Google is able to simple push the updates to your device or make it available via the Play Store.
23. Finalflash (Posts: 1133; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Stop, stop with your sense making ways. Its the only "advantage" the Apple guys have left. If they lose that what will they use for a high horse, the nipple reader? I THINK NOT
2. fistigons (Posts: 260; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Not me. I'm still rocking 5.something because apple didn't want to give my first gen ipad iOS 6. At least it's jailbroken.
20. ghaniosman (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
on one hand they have made impossible to downgrade from iOS7 and stopped the working of basic essential services like itunes ..etc if u r still on iOS 6 and on other hand we get to hear this crap!! congrats Apple on ur (unwilling and forceful) achievement !!!
21. stealthd (Posts: 868; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
It's not impossible to downgrade. Apple doesn't directly give you the ability, but you can get the older iOS install files and install through iTunes.
3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
So cartoon looks, iLag and extra battery drainage now affects dozens of millions of users? Say it ain't so.
5. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
Yes, abt 40 million galaxy notes shipped so far.
8. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
iLag? What the heck are you talking about?
10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3656; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
There is lag on iOS 7 for older devices, mainly due to planned obsolescence. Apple put 512 MB of RAM on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPod 5th gen, even though they KNEW they had to add multi-tasking to iOS soon. Multi-tasking on devices just doesn't work perfectly with less than 1 GB of RAM, so all the previously mentioned devices have noticeable lag.
15. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I agree that battery drainage is a big issue on iOS 7 with my iPad 4. Have to almost charge it up every day now.
6. dinosaur (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)
I'd been forced to update cause unable to cancel it, happened to most of my friends too!
7. parvsingh05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Yaa.. U wer forced to enter the deep hidden update settings , and agreeing all apple's pollicies before updating to ios7 .. Dont fool around that much dude. Control ur hands.
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3656; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Actually this might actually be a legitimate claim. My friend said she never updated her iPhone 5 herself, she just looked at her phone and saw it was rebooting, and when it was completely booted up it was running iOS 7. Maybe Apple is somehow forcing the update?
22. stealthd (Posts: 868; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Maybe she hit install on a pop up message, but they don't force the updates.
11. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Wow, that's really successful. Apple did an awesome job at quickly phasing in iOS 7. Android and Windows Phone should have a little look at themselves and use Apple's efficient updates.
12. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
ios 7 simply rocks
The icons are floating over the wallpaper
While the android is just sitting on 4 since past 5 years...lol
24. Finalflash (Posts: 1133; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
You're either joking or stupid...the iOS 7 background parallax effect copies an Android app from like 2 years ago...
14. HASHTAG (unregistered)
This is the best thing that iOS has over Android; which is one of the reasons to why I got an iPad over an Android tablet. I also have a Nexus 4 for the reasons of getting updates without waiting months for the updates from Android manufactures.
16. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 45; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Of course it's gonna have record adoption rates, they started to shut down ios6 a month before 7 was released. Yall ain't fooling nobody!
18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Doesnt suprise me its something different people are attracted to different things! Doesnt matter it could be an absolute terrible OS but its different that is why people are upgrading!
26. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
Have you used it yet on a personal device?
19. AustinPaul (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
What this says to me is that people were more anxious than ever for something different. I know I was on my iPad2. Nonetheless, I still use my little Nexus 7 more.