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iOS users may be on iOS 7, but they don't always bother with security updates

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iOS users may be on iOS 7, but they don't always bother with security updates
Not too long ago, Chitika came out with new stats that showed that North American iOS users had updated to iOS 7 pretty quickly. When the report came out, it showed that 74% of North American iOS users had updated to the newest version of the software. But, Chitika has let us in on the more detailed data, and it shows that while there are a lot of users on iOS 7, the security and bug fix updates that have come out are a different story.

According to Chitika, most iOS users are running either iOS 7.0.3, which accounts for 59.1% of iPhones and 56.4% of iPads, or iOS 7.0.2 which is running on 24.2% of iPhones and 27.1% of iPads. Very few users had updated to the latest version of iOS 7.0.4, which was on just 3.3% of iPhones and 2.7% of iPads. iOS 7.0.1 is the bottom of the barrel with 0.3% of iPhones and no iPads. And, 13.1% of iPhone users and 13.9% of iPad users are still running plain old iOS 7, without updating for any of the bug fix/security updates.

It is quite interesting to see this more granular data on the iOS ecosystem, because usually all we see are the basic numbers for how many users are running the "newest" iOS version, which usually includes all incremental updates. Just because an update is available, and it is easy to install doesn't necessarily mean that users are updating. 

source: Chitika

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posted on 16 Dec 2013, 22:13

1. kozza3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


yup and its not like its super hard to update

people don't care though

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 22:13

2. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Sounds like they don't see enough in the changes to bother or got burned with something not working and won't upgrade again. Either way, not a good practice to ignore bug and security updates.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 22:32

3. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Just like the Windows updates. Just a few clicks away, but there are simply too many who even don't know there are things called updates.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:05 5

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


They don't know how to update... :P

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 00:57

10. techspace (Posts: 774; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


they don't need to.....the device automatically downloads the update and notifies the user about it...the user only needs to select the right option

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 01:55

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Update is only 1 for the OS for that time. How can be their choices to select right option for the user?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 21:41

17. techspace (Posts: 774; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


"Update" and "not now" are the two options that I am talking about...so the user doesn't need to 'know' how to update.....

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:07 5

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So how is this exclusive article again? Btw, source link doesn't even work lol.. PA has failed once again.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 00:05 1

9. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Maybe it's my first time agreeing with you, Smurfette.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:25

6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


7.0.3 on my 5S and I don't see myself updating anytime soon

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:31

8. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


You're gonna want to update to 7.1. Animation times are cut in half. If you're into the animations. But Reduce motion is so much better imo.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:28

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2959; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Majority probably is unaware and don't know how to update.
No surprise there really, the shoe fits.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:21

14. quakan (Posts: 1222; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


So the majority of iOS users knew how to upgrade past iOS 7.0, but upgrading to iOS 7.0.4 has just posed to be the most difficult upgrade to date? I hope you're trolling and don't really think that.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:07

12. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Apple is it really that hard, you can do it with apps, please let people auto update the OS as well!

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:25

15. quakan (Posts: 1222; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Well, if you remember, people were complaining saying that their phones were forced to upgrade to iOS 7 without their consent and cried foul on many online blogs. The auto-update can easily be implemented but you'll always have those who would rather wait and see how well it works for everyone else before trying it themselves.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 06:01 1

13. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


The update doesn't include new shiny icons, why bother.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 17:16

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I love software updates (:

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