88% of iOS 9-ready devices now have it installed, says Apple

Apple has revealed on its developer support page that 88 percent of devices capable of running the latest iOS 9 have it installed. This equates to almost nine out of every ten recent iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in the wild. 

With iOS 10 likely to be rolled out during the coming week's big event or shortly thereafter, Apple will surely be hoping for a repeat of iOS 9's impressive adoption rate. While the 9-in-10 stat is laudable at any point, Apple reported a 50 percent uptake of iOS 9 by the end of its September 2015 launch month — the fastest rate of iOS adoption in the firm's history. Then in November just after iOS 9.1 dropped, Cupertino reported that 66 percent of those wielding iOS 9-ready devices had taken the plunge. 

While the major mobile operating systems have their share of pros and cons, it cannot be denied that when it comes to ease of updates in the mobile space, iOS is king. Where Android's device fragmentation and Windows' general lack of development mean that many users can be left waiting, iPhone and iPad owners generally avoid such tedium. New iOS iterations usually become available to all compatible devices right away — sans the carrier and third-party OEM interventions that can be oh-so frustrating to the Android community. 

As aforementioned, iOS 10 will likely succeed the current version at some point this month. Therein, users can expect a new dark mode, bumped security, more emoji and other treats, along with the customary dose of bug fixes and general performance tweaks. 

source: Apple via MyDrivers (translated)

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191 Comments

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The big strength of iOS.

5. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

The big strength of ios is still behind 4 years of Android.

6. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Nothing smart to say? Don't be a blind fanboy

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's fact. It isn't about fanboyism. Android Jellybean is still miles ahead of iOS 9.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It doesn't even matter because numbers wise both platforms are the same. Seeing as how 15% of Android devices equates all iOS devices out there means its more than respectable. 15% of 84.1% of worldwide marketshare is 12.615% while 88% of 14.8% is 13.024%. So almost the exact same number of people are on the newest version of Android. I don't know where people get all uppity about version updates, but those that value it, have it. Those that don't have it, usually get it one way or another.

17. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

That doesn't help app developers though to deal with fragmentation and to optimize their software.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't make a difference because the market is the same. If they only support Marshmallow and upwards, they will have access to the same market size as iOS 9 in its entirety. If they support one level lower with Lollipop, they will more than triple their market by adding another 35.5% of Android for a total of 50.7% of Android. So the extra effort in this case is extra market above and beyond what iOS could get them.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You do know that Android's market produces a third of the revenue iOS does, right? Why would any developer say "Hey, I'm gonna lose money trying to make an app people who don't pay for anything to make profit". Please stop talking...... there's a reason Android gets apps second and usually unoptimized.

52. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That's not what he meant.. He simple meant the audience in number are way too higher because of the large market share of Android. Its not money alone, A popular developer most likely wont miss his opportunity with the most popular widely used platform. As you can see most popular apps are already present on playstore( the app gap is too tiny right now) Right there are exceptions (games especially) and late arrivals but they are minority and do come sooner or later.

58. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I disagree. There are several HUNDRED priority business applications not available on Android, it's not just games. Yes, Android has a much higher market share. No, that doesn't necessarily mean they get any developer priority.

91. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Can you give me some examples of those business applications? Just curious.

99. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Now tell me, if developers has no priority how come playstore is filled with so many official apps and games? I'll say there are several reasons one being a popular widely used platform. it is the user base that force developers to make an app along with profit (unlike you quoted "making loss"). I think it is fair and logical to think that the popularity and market share is also one of the reason which makes developers to consider android as a viable platform. If it has tooo little market share then developers won't pay much time and effort (eg:WP). U see Market share reflect on profit up to certain extend (not entirely of course). Which clearly shows the importance of Market Share and developers interest.

159. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No, Android studio does that by providing a unified environment where they can develop and test their apps for all Android devices...

43. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Miles ahead in which way??? Security?? Stable UI?? Best apps in the world?? Trojans & Spams??? Lagginess??? All android fans say is customization customization customization??? What customization???? Change the icons? Change the theme? open system?? WTF that even mean??? Those useless things are for losers who change their wallpaper in every 10 minutes and still eat from their parents..

82. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

U just earned a thumbs up!!!!

165. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Miles ahead in versatility, compatibility and flexibility. For example, where's Lockwatch (helps in catching the face of the thief), Tasker (system wide automator), Titanium Backup (gives control for those situations where a dev f*cks up an app), etc. for iOS? Nothing like those exist on the app store, 'cause iOS up till today is outright too pitifully limited. With apple dictating everything and treating its users like a bunch of illiterates who'll ruin their device if given any control, that wouldn't be changing anytime soon...

183. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

man are you out of your mind there are several appls like that lockwatch for ios, why you need app, if your phone is stolen, the thief faces get clicked when trying to unlock the iphone, also why do you need a titanium back for ios, if developer f**ks app then apple will fix it for you no for that, you should use iphone to see that kinda app exists or not man, but android is lagging security man, that the main reason why people buy iphone not for customization, or for laggy experience, you like android i m ok, i like ios are you ok

189. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"there are several appls like that lockwatch for ios" Name one then, and don't confuse jailbreak tweaks for iOS apps, those are unofficial stuff trying hard to make iOS like stock Android. "why you need app, if your phone is stolen, the thief faces get clicked when trying to unlock the iphone" That's complete BS. Nothing like that exists on iOS at this moment. "also why do you need a titanium back for ios, if developer f**ks app then apple will fix it for you no for that" Lol, spoken like a true iSheep...fyi, apple ain't gonna fix anything when devs for example, choose to start including ads in an app you've paid for, or new version is buggy compare to the former. That has happened multiple times through out my years of using iOS. "but android is lagging security" Someone's still got their head stuck in the sand. As much as you'd like to think that, iOS still proved more vulnerable in 2015 ( http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1SswEXw ) and has its fair share of malware.

181. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

ya, you are right, changing fonts, themes, icon, every single hours, what for to make your phone look different, android is only customization, nothing after that, you can play 45-60 fps high end games on iphone, on android you hardly get 35, you can watch movie on android so as on iphone, you can make calls on android so on iphone, just ios is more optimized and also it looks cools, i know many guys who want to customise their s7 like iphone, why what the reason,

77. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Trojan Horse, this is BLIND praise, lad... First, iOS9 is every bit as capable as Android Marshmallow except for customization, the lack of it to be precise... The only reason you're making this 'bold' claim is because iOS is a "closed" operating system... THIS might be a complaint for the likes of you, lad... But to me and several other people, that's THE BEAUTY of iOS...! But then again, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, eh? i'Day!

88. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Good thing it is I guess, That's probably what you're using.

104. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

@Trojan_horse It's a fact that Android in general is NOT miles ahead of iOS. To be quite honest you are making the android community look horrible. As an android owner myself, you need to know that you have looked like a complete fool posting crap all over Apple articles. So turn off your laptop, and take your Sunday nap.

114. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Creep I was talking of Jellybean's user experience being miles ahead of iOS9. I was a huge iOS fan. I could not: 1 Share a file via bluetooth 2 Live-stream via NFC 3 Use different iTunes on different computers with a same iOS device. One day, I had a fustrating experience: I went at a party, shot lots of videos, then I suddenly ran out of storage space. I wanted to delete some of the old videos I had, but I could not. Why? Because I had copied those videos into my iPhone5 via iTunes. So the only way I could delete those videos was to go back home, plug-in my iPhone and use iTunes to delete those videos! But I had a friend at the party who had a MacBook. I took his Mac to delete those vids, but I could not. Why? Because of different iTunes libraries. So, I had to either go back home, use my iTunes to delete those vids, or just use his iTunes, but at the cost of losing all contents in my iPhone5. WTF! That's when I began to hate iOS! My 1st droid was the Galaxy S4. A true life companion. Android FTW!

118. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And the iPhone5 did not even have NFC, so no way to pair up devices for live streaming, which I could see other droid users do. In fact, customization and freedom is what enriches the user experience of a mobile OS, IMO. And no, I doubt you're a true Android user. Being a true Android user isn't all about rocking Android phones. And I'm not browsing via my laptop. Who told you that? You call my posts crap because you're biased.

149. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You know what's funny, the majority of people that have android devices aren't real Android users.

185. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

man use iphone 6s, why compare that to old iphone 5 experience which released around 2012

119. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're right it isn't. iOS can do everything Android can. You're not allowed because then Apple couldn't make money off you. For example. Apple could allow mass storage. But then they couldn't get you to pay for useless cloud storage. Oh just so you know, I think ALL cloud storage is stupid for anything beyond something like, I take a photo and it gets backed up. But for long term storage? No. Buy a drive you keep at home. They could allow SDCards. But then they wouldn't make $100/200 extra to get you to buy storage from them. They could have default apps. But they don't because then advertisers who advertise to IOS users will make less money, and Apple couldn't brag about market usage which makes investors go crest investing more money. After all if you have 1B users and you can brag that 90% use only your apps, that's a big money maker. Right? Apple could have split screen on the iPhone. After all a 5 year old Galaxy S3 does. But if they did that, then you would buy an iPad to have it where they get millions more people to spend $800. Because since Android has lots of options for big phones, most of those people don't have tablets. Or they buy an Android tablet or even an iPad. Apple could make the base iPhone 1080p. But then you won't spend the money to buy the bigger phone. Even though more than 1/2 the web content supports at least 1080p, even if you spend $700 on an iPhone, you can't even view it natively. Yet all Android OeMs have phone at half the iPhone cost with 1080p. Then you can transfer data timid using file managers of an OS. Not even on the Mac. Even on the Mac unless you use some backwards BS, you can't directly transfer files to your iOS device. You still got use iTunes, or some 3rd party bs app that still needs iTunes to be installed to work. Because if you didn't need iTunes, no one would use it, then Apple could advertise apps and music to you so they can make money. Apple always uses non-standard connectors. None of which offer any benefit over standard options. None!!! It benefits Apple because companies that make the stuff must license from Apple which means money. What does the Lightning connector do that Microsoft can't? Only one thing. It has a duel transfer path. That's it. But even with it, I can still copy more data to my Android in less times vs any IOS device. Especially if you use iTunes. Then if you want and app that Apple doesn't want you to have, you can't side load. Because if you sideloaded app, then they can't force you to buy from them. They won't make money. So now you have to volunteer and make your already insecure device even more insecure by hacking it so you can do simple things that all phones do and we're doing before the iPhone. Then Apple implements 4K , but with a 16GB of storage. So you record maybe 5 movies then you are out of space. What options do you have? Paying Apple to store them so you can delete them and record more knowing you can download them

124. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? Because it makes them money. Because they make money off the fact that you're stupid and aren't educating yourself. You chose to limited what you can do because you are a lazy non free thinking individual. Sure I know people like it simple. But I can use any Android device exactly like an iPhone, and it's advanced features don't get in my way and if I am savvy enough I can turn them off if they do. But Apple says no, we will do it. The only honest to goodness real benefit to IOS is this. It's just my opinion. You can choose to agree of not. But it's own true benefit is Apple didn't allow carriers to murk up the experience with undesired bloat ware. Like Windows, we get a lot more cheaper because the OeMs and companies who support them, hope you will buy things from them after you purchase the device or computer. Apple doesn't want to share its money, so they made sure you have to basically come through them for everything, even if you want to purchase a 3rd party service. You must so it through Apple so they can get a cut of money they shouldn't. I like that the iPhone doesn't have carrier crap shoved on, or corps adverting their crap too. As bad as that stuff is, it is a benefit. It means I get a device or computer for less money than it would cost otherwise. It also means I get the option to buy from high end partners who are also big name companies. It means I get to choose similar things Apple offers but I have to pay. Like Apple Music Match. Google allows me to upload all my music and will match them if available on the Play Store for free. I don't even have to subscribe and pay a dime. Also it's available to stream on any platform. Not with Apple until they finally brought Apple Music to Android. But you still have to pay. Apple took their free streaming radio, and shove it into their subscription program. Something they offered free for years. Now you got pay? It should be the other way around. How about after paying for it for years, it becomes free. The gap between Android and iOS capabilities is small. What makes that gap appear big is the fact Apple prevents it's children from actually growing up. After all, when people have done things for you all your life, why even do it yourself? REMEMBER the reality show with the Hilton sisters? Are you even old enough to know about it? They didn't know howntomise a washer and dryer, a microwave or even a stove. Why? Because they come from a family who had maids who did it. This is proof that the fact people have lost of disposible income that they can still be dumb and not smart like you all claim. That's how you are. Apple has dumb you down to a point you think it's better to not have things, simply because you are willing to adjust your life to fit theirs. I don't want to too. I shouldn't be blasted because I don't want too, and you shouldn't be because you choose too. Because good or bad, your choice is not worse or better.

126. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Very well said, Techie! Some of them fast updates is what makes iOS greater than Android. And that Creep fool calls my post crap, and claims "Android in general is not miles ahead of iOS". Fast updates or what? The Pros of Android outweights the Pros of iOS, IMO. Beacause I believe Android has a better user experience and provides the better usage conviniency than iOS. That's something which even Android Jellybean smartphones have over iOS9.

162. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

iOS doesn't seem to have a problem in terms of usage by regular people and there are no wakelocks to speak of unlike various versions of Android. Google Play Services or Google Services tends to trip up to the point where 3500mAH can drain in no time.

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