Apple says the adoption rate of iOS 8 stands at 46% five days after its release


If you've longed to download and tinker with iOS 8 ever since it got unveiled this June, then September 17 has probably been one of your more notable days from the already-past summer. It was then when Apple unleashed the latest rendition of its mobile OS, iOS 8, which brought few differences in the visual department, but a plethora of useful features and under-the-hood improvements over iOS 7. And thanks to the lack of fragmentation, the newest version of iOS usually finds its way to the compatible Apple devices in no time.

iOS 8 is no exception from this unwritten rule. Apple revealed that just after five days of being available for download, the latest version of the mobile operating system can be found on more than 46% of the compatible Apple devices. Meanwhile, the older iOS 7 is still slightly ahead with 49%, but this will surely change rather soon. The remainder of 5% of Apple devices are still running previous iOS iterations. Interestingly enough, just prior to iOS 8's immediate release, iOS 7 apparently ran on 90% of all Apple devices.

As a side comparison, the latest pieces of data from Google reveal that the latest version of its Android OS, Android 4.4.x KitKat, can be found running on 24.5% of all Android devices. The reason for this stark, yet logical contrast is, once again, the aforementioned fragmentation.

Numerous sources claim that iOS 8 is basking in a slower adoption rate compared to iOS 7 a year ago. It is even speculated that the adoption rate of iOS 7 for the first 24 hours after its release was twice as high in comparison with the one of iOS 8. There are several reasons behind this alleged slow start, one of which is the large amount of storage space required by the update itself.

Don't forget to check out our review of iOS 8 and the comparison we made between it and the predecessor, iOS 7!

source: Apple via TechCrunch

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53 Comments

1. mitoita

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

no android haters? :))

7. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

iOS8 lags and application always crash!!! my ipadmini is the only iOS in my device it has 32gb,but still it lags on iOS8 and when i'm using facebook it always crashes!!!

9. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Sound not good to you. My iPad Mini 16GB running smooth and no lag experience since I updated to iOS 8.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine too, it works flawlessly on my iPad mini 2. Aba did you get a 6 yet?

53. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

i dont know y this is happening to my ipad mini,i always use my ipad mini since this is the gadget for me in everyday usage except for texting and calling because i use lumia720 and xperiaz2, after refreshing my facebook app it will flash the wallpaper then back to the app,i dont know if the software has something to do with this

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You haven't use iOS device for a while haven't you. My dad has iPad Air and if you really can't tell that it has low amount of RAM. Fast, quick and consistent performance and multitasking is ok, too. Probably going to trade my N7 for Mini 2 at some point.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ex Apple user here. Here's why: Apple only intended the multitasking bar to be a list of recent apps, not apps that are running in the background. It’s not a task manager, no matter how much it looks like one. In fact, almost nothing in the multitasking bar is truly “multitasking.” Apple’s tightly controlled platform instructs most apps to stop running code when the home button is pressed. There are five states of app activity on iOS, with the least interesting being Not Running, and Inactive. Not Running simply means the app is closed or hasn’t been launched. Inactive is a running app that isn’t running code, for example if the device is asleep. Active is the state of an app when it is in the foreground being used. When an iOS user hits the home button, an Active app moves to Background. A Background app is not on the screen, but is still executing code. Most Background apps immediately switch to Suspended mode. A Suspended app is cached in memory, but uses no processor cycles, and thus is running no code on the device. If the device needs more memory for a game or other large app, Suspended apps will be cleared from RAM.

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's why the Pos garbage is smooth. Because it's a fake bogus multitasking pusedo Darwin Unix platform.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet there is a settings called background refresh, which apps can apply for as well (api) and apps have the ability to keep running, like nav, in the background. True, iOS has a slightly different multitask environment, but to say it doesnt multitask at all, is sheer ignorance.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You are wrong. Apps are only allowed to remain Background tasks and run code for longer than a few seconds in specific circumstances. A series of tightly controlled APIs allow indefinite backgrounding for things like VoIP, location tracking, and audio playback. None of this has any bearing on what is in the multitasking bar. A well-written app should suspend itself when it’s done running code, and users shouldn’t really have to monitor such things on iOS.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Still a few controlled API's for background running, is a lot more than the no multitasking at all, as you mentioned before. So when an app calls for these api's they can run in the background indefinitely, otherwise iOS will freeze them. So a well written app calls for these api's and run in the background. A not so well written app is killed off, not hogging the cpu/battery. True, not all apps are supported, since there are only a few API's Apple considers possible. A lot more than the few you mentioned though. Android supports more open multitasking, but both versions have it's downsides. Also.. the recents panel in Android not only shows running tasks but frozen apps as well.

30. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

You are right...in android, even the apps that are frozen or force closed/ hibernated still remain in the recents panel unless they are swiped away so its wrong to say that all the apps in the recents panel are the ones that are open/ running.

45. AlikMalix unregistered

RebelwithoutaClue, bro we can always rely on you to straighten things out... I always look for you posts - you corrected me on Android facts before... cudos...

51. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Thanks for the cudos, I just don't like (in my eyes) incorrect information. Doesn't matter If it comes from an Android, BB, iOS, WP user :-)

27. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

It depends on the app and the settings, I play a game, listen to pandora, and run google maps all at the same time on a 4S, which sounds like multitasking to me.

32. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh, so iOS doesn't have multitasking? How pathetic you are. So, how is it possible that on my Air i can use Auria DAW recording from Audiobus using Sampletank and Amplitube all simultaneunsly? With guitar and Keyboard plugged in at the same time? I guess it's magic. And guess what, I caan do it all together without any lag, and these apps are PC quality so c'mon I'm waiting for your answer, hater.

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Read post 16 properly.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

Arte, what ever the process is like - I never found my self limited by iOS, especially when it comes to multi-tasking. There are numerous things multitasking on every iOS device. My iphone has taken over my car infotainment, navigation, calls and texts modes completely (mind you - I have voice control that came on my car too - it's a 2007 Audi) - so I have maps voice directing me, while listening to iTunes Radio or Music from my Cloud Drive at home (I used to use Pandora same way, but iTunes has all the songs from my native country), at the same time, while "find my friends" is updating my kids location (or when she leaves that location), while using siri to text my wife... At the same time, the phone is tracking my location to make sure I'm reminded to buy groceries that was synced from my ipad that my wife set up at home as a location based reminder. At the same time apple maps is waiting for me to stop the car and start walking to change the driving directions to walking directions (incase there's a shorter walking distance). That maybe an overexaturated scenario, but iPhones do that consistently and without lag. Most of the time, I have music playing while playing a game. At the same time without stopping any of that - I use Siri to report weather, or check the callendar without opening it. That example where you guys watch a movie and use a calculator at the same time is kinda of pushing it - I mean, watching a movie on a half a screen of even a 5.5" screen is just too tiny to enjoy. If I need to make a note, a calculation, call someone, text someone, during a movie (btw nothing is worth watching a movie unless you got 7"+ screen - just too small) - I can - it brings up siri, I talk, siri responds, done - continue watching the movie.. Prada, jokes aside, how do you use multitasking on your non-rooted Android/Windows (what ever phone you got)... ?

52. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Audi suck, Alfa is better ;-) (let's start a different brand war here)

3. Cicero

Posts: 1118; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

ios8 will stay on around 65%. Because of the large amount of ip4 in the market. Anyhow for statistics soun good. IMO

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

That’s where I would have to disagree with you. There will be a great many iP4 users that will upgrade to the iP5 and iP6, many of them because of the 2 year contract renewal and Apple will (eventually) stop supporting the older devices/services. Apple has a great business model: 1) Be the only vendor for software (iOS) 2) Be the only vendor of hardware (iPhone) 3) Withhold newer software features from older hardware 4) Cause newer software to cripple older hardware 5) Propitiate the myth that a peace of hardware or software was not included because it is not needed 6) Take HW/SW that was talked about in #5, include it in your product next model year as your "REVOULATIONARY" idea When your the Alpha/Omega of your products and a great number of people have bought into your product line for various reasons then you can run your business like this.

4. Cynaraos

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I'm pretty sure whoever released this statistic didn't include any devices that aren't able to upgrade to iOS 8.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Why not? The 5% earlier are probably devices that couldn't update to 7. It's a graph of devices with their versions, not devices that could run iOS 8 but haven't yet.

19. HeyitsKate

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Good thing 40+% are able to get it :) :) ;)

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why wasn't your name iKate? Since your a big Apple iFangirl. Are you an iCult? Do you worship Steve jobs? Are you the member of iReligious?

25. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

You may not like apple but you should not get personal...respect others' choice.

35. HeyitsKate

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Thank you Techspace :)!

37. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

You're welcome :-)

50. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

How can u hate apple so much?

20. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So sad. My iPad 2 runs with more stutter and pauses with iOS 8. Hmm...should I keep it, get an iPad Air or get a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5?

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