82 percent of all Apple mobile devices now run iOS 8.0 or newer

82 percent of all Apple mobile devices now run iOS 8.0 or newer
Apple recently announced that 81 percent of all iOS devices now run at least version 8.0 of its mobile operating system. Apple compiled this statistic a couple of days ago, on April 27th, and the numbers obviously only take into account active devices. Apple's iOS 8.0 was launched back in September 2014. 

According to Apple, 17 percent of all active iOS devices are stuck running some version of iOS 7 (launched in September 2013), while just 2 percent of devices are currently running even older versions of the mobile operating system. Fair as these numbers may be, iOS 8 adoption is actually going a bit slower compared to iOS 7 adoption: around the same period last year, about 90% of all active iOS devices were running at least version 7.0 of the operating system.

Compared to Android, iOS is by a great deal faster in launching operating system updates to older devices, a feat that has a lot to do with Apple being the only manufacturer of iOS devices. Android is much more fragmented as an operating system, since Google itself can launch OS updates only to Nexus and Google Play devices, which represent just a fraction of all Android devices currently in the wild. Android device manufacturers are not as fast (nor as willing) as Apple when it comes to launching OS updates. According to the latest numbers from Google, just 5.4 percent of all active Android devices are currently running some version of Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop was launched in October 2014. 

source: Apple

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36 Comments

1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

5.4 percent, but you need to find out what that 5.4 percent works out as with regards to all of the smartphones. IF Apple only has about 18% of market share, then Android/Google has around the 75-80% mark. With most of Android being lower end devices, what needs to be found out is direct comparison of flagship vs flagship within these two OS's, running the latest OS. I'm gunna work it out actually... HOLD ON, PERSON WHO IS READING THIS.

2. Sauce5 unregistered

Holding :P

3. TBomb

Posts: 1558; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I will be holding too. Don't leave me hanging Sam!

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

RESULTS ARE IN: The ratio between iOS 8 vs Lollipop based on 2014 overall market (Can't get hold of of some 2015 Q1 data yet) is around about 3:1

24. TBomb

Posts: 1558; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Did you do flagships at this given time or flagships throughout the years? I'd like to see the math if possible. PS Thanks for doing it regardless

26. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I did 5.4 percent of total active Androids, and 82 percent of total active iPhones. I didn't bother with calculating flagships alone because the figure would be roughly the same, or maybe about 2:1. With custom ROM's putting Lollipop on devices like the Galaxy S3 and other devices that are 3-4 years old, the data which OEM's are giving are not very accurate, but the overall Lollipop usage is. Flagships alone, things would probably be on par, but the figures are hard to find with OEM's not giving accurate information on which model exactly is receiving Lollipop. For example, G3, there are shed loads of models, some are on L, some are on K. SO I gave up and just used the overall Lollipop on devices data instead.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The results haven't changed much from last year Q4 2015. 60% are low end Android devices priced at under $200, 20% are mid range priced at $200-$400, and 20% are high end which are priced above $400. The last quarter Q1 2015, 336 million smart phones sold. 61 million were Apple, 8.6 million were WP, so that leaves 266 million devices for Android, Blackberry, Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish, and others. We already know that the lions share is Android. We will even be generous and give 8 million devices to the other category. That leaves over 77% for Android, or over 258 million devices. So 20% of 258 is almost 52 million high end devices sold in Q1 2015.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

How can you compare the amout of active devices, based on *estimated* marketshare of *shipments* for just a *single* quarter ? Apple sold well over billion iOS devices at this point, their devices last really long and people are selling them to other people when they buy a new one. So no version of android can chalenge iOS 8 in amount of users.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Do you know how many iPhones 4, 4s, 5, 5c and 5s running on latest ios? Take a look on the street and you will have the answer. And do you know how the old models is struggling with it? Numbers without any practically means.

19. seven7dust unregistered

funny how so many people dedicate all their freetime to bash Apple and spam hate on phone arena , don't you guys have better things to do ? atleast this company is supporting thier deices and enhancing their shelflife removing bugs , are they perfect no but people act like Apple killed their family. Take a a chill pill guys. Competition is good.

30. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Calm down dude, no one was defending or anything. It's just fun finding out what really is going on. There are about 3-4 times more Android devices to Apple, so I was curious to find out what the real figures were, you know? It was hardly a waste of time, I was waiting for my clients work to render and seemed like something fun to do.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

As a former Apple user, Apple's numbers are different from Google's With Android, a cheap Moto E (2013) with Lollipop 5.0 will have all the Lollipop features as e.g. a Nexus 6 with Lollipop 5.0 With iOS, a iPhone 5 (2012) will lack some of the iOS 8 features the iPhone 6 with iOS 8 has Apple can excludes some features from older device, while Android OEMs can't do that This helps Apple update their older iPhones to iOS 8, especially since some features can't be brought to older iPhones due to hardware restrictions

31. stealthd unregistered

Interesting how you don't mention what those features are, like slo-mo camera (hardware feature), touch ID (hardware feature). Then you'd probably mention Siri and the iPhone 4, as if one example proves a trend.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, many are because of hardware reasons E.g. slo-mo camera, touchID, dual tone flash, ... But there are also many where hardware isn't a problem e.g. for iOS 7 Siri, AirDrop, Panorama, Square photos, Camera filters, Photo filters, ...http://www.phonearena.com/news/Older-Apple-devices-wont-get-all-iOS-7-features-is-fragmentation-lurking-in_id43946 I was just explaining why the iOS and Android numbers are different

5. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The comparison is still the real numbers.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

And that is why ios gets way more love from devs than android there's just to many android phones out there. 18k+ compared to the 24 ios devices its ridicules.

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I donĀ“t own any Apple mobile device, so I have a question for the Apple owners in this site. I know iOS 8 is not only one version, therere are at least 8 subversions (8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1, etc) Are all the devices automatically updated to the last version (8.3)? Or can you have your device in some other version (like 8.1.3)?

8. Sauce5 unregistered

You can choose to upgrade your device OTA (over the air - directly from your phone) or not. Someone people choose to stay on iOS 8.0.2, some want the new emojis for example so they choose to upgrade to 8.3, etc. Not atomically updated, but automatically given the option to.

9. schwift

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

It's because if you don't update Apple disables features of your phone! :P Now, I may be exaggerating a tad, but I work as a tech and I get people coming in all the time with random issues like not receiving texts, calls, data not working, etc. Solution? Install the latest update. Boom. Fixed.

13. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

So Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc don't do the same thing? I won't say Apple doesn't, but be fair.

32. stealthd unregistered

I think you're confusing "exaggerating a tad" with "making stuff up". Maybe you should try studying logic, an update fixing the problem doesn't necessarily mean the older version was actually the problem, nor does it come close to proving designed obsolescence.

10. gaming64 unregistered

And I'm still here rocking 7.1.2

23. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Still have 3GS?

28. pedrobertella

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

He probably has a 4 or later. The latest version for the 3GS is the 6.1.6, and 7.1.2 is for the iPhone 4.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't understand the need to badger about updates. It wouldn't matter if all iOS devices on the planet had 8.x, they all still do less than an Android device I can buy that is 3 years old or even more.

14. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

No... not really. It's 2015, come up with a better attack. Troll.

15. gaming64 unregistered

So what? I can get also get those features by jailbreak, and it's even legal. Dumbass.

33. stealthd unregistered

Do more? Like things anyone actually cares about? I'm sure an SUV can "do more" than a sports car, but if I live in California and don't need AWD or the extra cargo then it's just stupid to buy an SUV. Doesn't matter that it can "do more".

12. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

81% which mostly are iPhone6 because having an iOS8 in older iphone models will give you lag and crashing problems. People can have 2 year old phones running on Android Jellybean and still do the job.

17. gaming64 unregistered

I'm using an iPad 2 that was released in 2011 and using 7.1.2 whihx was released in early 2014. How does that sum up?

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