78% of Apple iPhones and iPads released over the last four years have iOS 12 installed

78% of Apple iPhones and iPads released over the last four years have iOS 12 installed
According to Apple's support site, 78% of all Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units released over the last four years are running iOS 12. That's quite an impressive figure considering that iOS 12 was launched just three and a half months ago, and the number overwhelms the miniscule percentage of Android phones powered by the latest Android 9 Pie build. To be fair, Apple is the only manufacturer of iOS powered devices, while there are too many Android manufacturers to count.

Apple used a pie chart (a coincidence or a shot at Google?) to show that in addition to the 78% of iOS devices released over the last four years that are using iOS 12, 17% are running iOS 11, and 5% are powered by an older version of Apple's mobile OS. Another pie chart shows that 75% of all iPhone and iPad models run iOS 12, 17% run iOS 11 and 8% have iOS 10 or older installed. On December 4th, 72% of recent iOS devices and 70% of all active iOS devices were powered by iOS 12.

Similar to how Google comes up with its monthly distribution numbers, Apple looks at the different versions of iOS found on iPhone and iPad models that visit the App Store. The latest figures are based on the devices that visited the App Store on January 1st, 2019.

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18 Comments

1. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

98% of android tablets are running kitkat, and by the way thats not hating, thats the truth all my devices are android

6. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

And bug free. Meanwhile the isheeps can't reply right now because they have wifi issues.lmao

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 669; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’m replying right now, on an iPhone X, on WiFi. Just FYI. Carry on with your lame trolling now.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The one that started the lame trolling is you. So you have 7 or 8 year old Android tablets and other Android devices. Who's the troll? Oh, wait that would be you.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Kitkat have more features than the latest iOS, that's more factual than your comment.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6141; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Good luck, using half of those imaginary “more features”.

15. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And one of those features that KitKat is the SD card rewrite restriction. Who wants that?

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And who would believe you that 98% of android tablets are running KitKat without any evidence at all?

17. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This graph tells that 3% of the iPhone users just refuse to update their phones no matter what....lol

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Android fails to support.

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

OEMs fail to support, not Android. Big difference.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3781; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Easy achievement when you spam the hell out of your customers to update or to buy iPhone XRs

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It doesn't matter so many are on 12. All of them do less than Android flagships, even ones 5 years old. Let them enjoy. Because all they care about is numbers. They don't care about quality. The oldest iPhone that can get 12 is the 5S. Yet, with iOS 12 it will still contest than an Galaxy S5 which hasn't been updated past Android 5.01. I dont care when or if I get Pie. When I actually want it, I will buy a device with it. M6 device with Pie is gonna be the same with an improved UI, and other nice things. But it will still be less than Note 10 with the same OS version. I can get more excited with Pie, when I buy a phone with it and designed for it. Where I get 100% of the benefit. The older the phone, the lesser the benefit. But they don't get this. A 5S with 12, isn't gonna be an X with 12 as an example. The latest iPhones still do less than my Note 9 and will with iOS 13,14 and 15 unless they change. My Samsung nags me too when it needs updating. Just not 10 times a day. The iPhone forces you too because it won't shut up about it until you do. Lol

5. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Updated software but full of bugs. ios is just a piece of crap. lmao

16. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Atleast they update so that the iPhone gets optimized everytime. Unlike the NO updates at all which most android devices are.

9. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Our current Smartphone culture sucks, both dont allow you to downgrade and have manufacturers whos only motivation in life is for you to buy a new phone because theyve purposefully sent an update to your old one that will make it obsolete... Somone like Microsoft should come in and sell an OS that can be installed on open hardware that way the motivation of said company would be to maximize compatibility (as their buisness is only software) with as many different hardware manufacturers as possible... Selling both hardware and software as a package is very short sighted and no where near as good of a model as we have in the computer realm. Why did Google toss Project Ara?? A modular phone would obliterate the competition... it almost feels like they feel theyve already won and just don't want to piss off manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Motorola who honestly still have ut pretty bad in the current climate. If Android is ever to ascend it needs to be open source since Googles revenue is primarily advertisement and services they should be in the perfect position to make it happen but honestly it seems like theyve just given up and have decided to roll over assuming they already are dominating the market... This infuriates me and really makes me hope a new contender pops in and obliterates them all because at thispointthey are digging their own graves by not taking the opportunity to do better... Im not buying a new phone for a while thats for sure ive been burned by both sides... You should be allowed to install whatever operating system your heart desires because you OWN the phone, they dont own you.

13. gamehead unregistered

Alright it's nice that so many devices have the latest version of ios but where are the features we're asking for

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