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iOS 9 adoption stuck at 77%

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iOS 9 adoption stuck at 77%
iOS software update adoption isn't necessarily the most interesting topic, but it is always nice to see how far each version of the software can get. Apple loves to tout its adoption numbers, even though the platform has its own issues with fragmentation that tend to get swept under the rug. Still, the iOS 9 adoption numbers seem to be stuck.

iOS 9 is reportedly on 77% of Apple devices as of February 22, 2016, which is the same percentage as the last check-in. The way Apple measures is somewhat strange: it's based on the devices that checked in to the App Store on one specific day. It's strange because Google gathers its data over the course of a two week span of devices checking in to the Play Store. It may be that Google doesn't need to use a two week span, but we can't say one way or the other. 

Of course, as per usual, Apple only shows the stats for iOS 9 alone. We also have no idea how many users are on iOS 9.0, 9.0.2, 9.1, 9.2, or 9.2.1, meaning we don't know how many users have the latest security patches, which is usually a talking point of Apple when it comes to Android version numbers. So it goes. 

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posted on 24 Feb 2016, 21:56 3

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1225; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Waiting akosikuting to rant this article and defend Apple

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 00:10 8

16. Unordinary (Posts: 1953; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


What's to rant about haha? 77%. Meanwhile Androids most recent has like what? Below 10% lmfao??????

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 02:41 1

22. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


that below 10% would probably be more than iPhones with iOS 9 in numbers.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:10 2

24. Nopers (Posts: 276; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


You think? iOS has an adoption rate of about 25x (marshmallow hit 1.2% beginning of February so estimating 3%) more than android... So what you're saying is that there are 25 android devices out there for every 1 iPhone because using that maths, there are ~75 million iPhone 6/plus out there, multiply that by 25 and you get about 1.8 billion. Android updates are a joke, still.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:09

31. arman9953 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


fact is that more than 99% of Android devices are on the newest patch of Google Play Servieces which makes them secure compared to the 23% left with IOS8 and below...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:39 3

33. Nopers (Posts: 276; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Not exactly though... stagefreight took a long time to fix, some devices aren't even patched from that. It's a little bit more complicated than just updating Google Play Services.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 12:09

52. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10680; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


How old is iOS9 vs Android 6.0?

Android has 1.2Billion users. If just one 1/3 are on Lollipop as an example, that woudl be 50% of all of iOS users combined. lol

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 13:15 1

53. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10680; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Android updates are a joke? Really. Well lets compare. A Android phone running KiKat liek the Galaxy S3 which wont get an official Lollipop update, still does more out the box vs the iPhone 6.

Even though Android updates take longer, they have less issues. Most of us are waiting for carriers, not Google. So that makes what you guys keep saying stupid.

There are 3 iOS9 release and 2 of them is because the one ahead of it was broken. You cant say the same for Android.
Also, any Android phoen repaired by a 3rd party, wont break when upgarded to ANY version of Android.

Oh and with exception of Verizon phones, if I upgarde and it causes and issue, I can downgrade to any official firmware.

The present iPhone ith 50 updates will still do less than any Android phone, even one on kitkat. The present iPhone will only be faster and take better pictures than both my S3 and S4. Considering the S4 has the a 13MP camera ., I woudl say Android still has the upper hand.

Again, because iFans have the least amount of ammo to argue with, they argue the most ignorant things.

WE GET FASTER UPDATES!!! Yet you do, but its because Apple breaks more things than it fixes and because a present iPhone still does less than most Android phones release 4 years ago.

Other than force touch the S4 I have still does more than the iPhone 6S including take equally good photos.

Here I compared 3 phone. S4, iPhone 6 and 6S. The S4 had a 13MP camera 2 years ago. Same aperture at 2.2. The iPhone latets model simply is a few MM smaller.

The S4 has a larger screen, yet the S4 is still smaller than both iPhoen 6 models. A lot about all 3 ard do identical.

So the latest iPhones are not 2012 models, more like 2013.
But you're only braggiong about software updates? My gaalxy S4 with Android 5.01 still can do more. I don't need force touch. yet I have a higher resolution display, higher resolution camera on the rear, smaller build, better screen to bezel aspect racial.

Apple is so clumsy with design, they can even meet the same measurements at the S4. The S4 even support QI wireless charging. No iPhone at all does. Only requires you to change the back cover.

Even betetr the S4 has a 2600Mah battery which means it will last longer than any of the iPhone models.

But you're happy about software updates? Why can't Apple update their latest phone to be a lot better than a 2 year old phone? Should a $649 phone have much better hardware than one released 2 years ago that I can now buy for brand new less than $300?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 02:24 3

21. cheetah2k (Posts: 1597; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The adoption rate stall isn't surprising, considering iOS9 cripples many of the older generation ipads and iphones.. LOL

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:11

47. AlikMalix (Posts: 6289; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


People are spooked by experiences they encounters with early iOS 8 versions. They probably don't trust that iOS 9 is actually better - my iPad 3 is very good with iOS 9, and noticeably better than iOS8, for example, and that's an old device.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 22:12 4

4. dmomintz (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Lol because the other 25% have no idea what their appstore password is and haven't downloaded an app in years. (aka my dad)

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 22:39

8. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2712; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


HAHAHA

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 22:19 3

5. flipjzn (Posts: 257; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


A lot of us are waiting for jailbreak for ios 9.0.2 UP. That's why some are still on either than jailbroken OS or ealier ios 8 jailbroken version.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 22:34

6. vliang86 (Posts: 290; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Haters gotta hate====>Android Fans:)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:10

23. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, Apple fans never do that. Nope. Android articles are clean an orderly.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 13:48

56. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10680; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Until the "haters" come...lol

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 22:39 2

7. tyson3 (Posts: 53; Member since: 15 May 2012)


What is the percentage of androids running marshmallow??? And by the time they get it then the next update will be coming out.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:10 1

25. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Even on lollipop, they're ahead of the game.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:15

28. Nopers (Posts: 276; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Early Feb it was 1.2%. I'd say probably ~3% now.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 23:14

12. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


They have a lot of factors which contribute to the rapid adoption of new iOS versions. But if they aren't perfect in that area they shouldn't troll the competitors aka Android. Apple reveals their figures tacticly,the author is correct they should reveal how many are in iOS 9.2.1.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 00:27 1

17. sissy246 (Posts: 1763; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


At least android users actually get some new things added to the phone, not just a couple security fixes.
I am not one that has to have a update asap, when I get it I get it. My awesome note 5 with its awesome S pin is just fine with out.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 01:47 6

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 6289; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Let's talk about that:

Marshmallow is adding App Permissions, Doze (background app management), better camera controls, among other things like native fingerprint sensor support -- these are the most important things coming on "m" Hmm, I wonder why Apple doesn't add these things? Ooh, I know... iOS already had this stuff "for years". And by the time "majority" (that's over 51%) get those - it will probably be another two years.

To others, this is a troll reply to the troll post... I don't diss android or its users for the sake of dissing it... But iOS updates, even the 9.x.x ones add features that are going to be replicated on android natively within the following year - like "night shift" for example. just saying - different platforms - different priorities. No reason to be a nasty liar about it, sissy246...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:14 1

27. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


You can't deny the reason Android adoption rate was slow due to heavy customized skin like TW/LG - G ui which carrying much more feature than stock Android. Well in comparison to TW of course newer iOS looks pretty much same (especially if you never own iDevice).

iOS & Android they are closing the gap by copying each other feature.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:51

41. AlikMalix (Posts: 6289; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I like your post, well said. But you have to also understand that Apple by itself is maintaining the entire ecosystem and building its own full mobile OS and Mac OS watch OS possibly working on making a car OS (lol). Samsung only makes a launcher - with the budget Samsung has - there's no excuse, don't you think? Cyenagenmod with comparison a non-existing budget does a better job at maintaining its launcher than Samsung with touch wiz. Same for LG. Google also has enough power to influence the carriers (the plaugue that is damagin android every time), but for some reason carriers do whatever the hell they want to your phone and no one has any say in it.

Disclaimer - I like samsungs/android features, I don't think it's laggy anymore and the S-pen in note 4 is extremely great feature and I want it on iOS. In the past I wanted always listening Siri (when motox introduced "ok Google" and I like control center (toggle widget on android). So there...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:16 4

29. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But, for the last several years, it's been much more in the opposite direction - Apple has done more "adopting" than Android. They both take ideas from one another, that's how tech advances. Almost nothing is created out of a vacuum.

The reason Apple takes so much guff about it is their attitude about the whole world stealing from them. When you claim that everyone copies you, that you're the "designer" to the world, then you deserve what you get when you're actually stealing most of what you put out.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:24 2

32. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I think the anti-Apple internet does an excellent job at emphasizing the areas where Apple "borrows" from Android and devaluing all the areas where Apple has lead. I'd actually argue that the first couple of years Android did most of the adopting (it's easy to forget how groundbreaking/fundamental were things like mobile Safari, accelerometer, gyroscope, light/proximity sensors, multitouch, APP STORE, etc. etc. etc.)

You're right that Apple can come off as overly snooty with their "designer to the world" attitude, but I don't think it's entirely undeserved. They pretty much (as a freshman) single-handedly changed the game with the iPhone. And most importantly, there's a HUGE difference between copying important/necessary features VS. mimicry/imitation in attempts to visually resemble an iPhone to both distract and attract customers.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:55

38. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The pro Apple internet does an even better job. Check out BGR today. An article about Samsung coming out with 256gb UFS2 storage for smartphones is framed entirely in a story about how your next iPhone might have 256gb storage. A story about Samsung innovation, in tech that Apple had never used, became about the next iPhone.

And, no, it's not deserved. The design language of the iPhone was the direction these devices were headed, as evidenced by the LG Prada and the Samsung F700, which came out at the same time. That's not to say Apple doesn't deserve some credit, but nowhere near the level they claim.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:54

44. AlikMalix (Posts: 6289; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Lg Prada introduced a touch screen - that's it!!! Nothing else... That's why it failed and took years for other

http://androidcommunity.com/who-was-really-first-apple-vs-samsung-story-truly-debunked-20110420/

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:00 1

45. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, it introduced the same general form factor as the iPhone, before the iPhone. It's not about falling, it's about the fact that the rectangle dominated by a touchscreen was where these devices were going, iPhone or not. The evidence is there, whether you want to see it or not.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:42

48. AlikMalix (Posts: 6289; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well if that's your argument, then Apple Newton, predates anything with a touch screen on a rectangle. And I can make the same argument for stylus on note series. That's not the point is it? And on top of that it predates the release date - but from end result a month later iPhone came out - and that was so, so much better product - I don't know about you, but that tells me that Apple has been working on their iPhone for much longer and with more resources than LG with their Prada. Seems more like a rush to be first - just like that Chinese phone that introduced a half baked forcetouch feature that doesn't do much vs apples implementation that's used throughout for various things on iOS, and among most of my apps now in one form or the other (I especially like it as a feature to fire with different weapons in games - instead of switching or using zoom manually).

Disclaimer: I don't believe Apple inveneted everything and influenced all that makes the current smartphones great. I think Samsung singlehandedly made phablets and android was pushing bigger screens that are the norm now. But ignoring so much of apples contributions today - is just being in denial.

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