Apple uses Android-style pie charting to prove fragmentation is not an issue for iOS

Remember those pie charts that Google or analytics companies use to display how the newest version of Android is advancing through the hundreds of millions of Android devices worldwide? It usually looks something like this patch work here, depicting the latest Jelly Bean market share:


Apple is now doing a similar pie chart-y thingy, but it's as if to say "there's nothing to report here," as 93% of its iDevice users are updated with the newest iOS 6, and a very minor fraction is still running older versions of its mobile OS. 

"Fragmentation? What fragmentation?" might have been the working title of the chart you see on the right, which is posted at the iOS Developer Center to orient devs about the most popular version at the moment.

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53 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Lol is this newsworthy? the title alone is quite misleading,

11. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

They also forgot to say that even if an iPhone has the newest version of iOS, if its an old hardware it will not have all the features... I.E. iPhone 4 not getting Panoramas or iPhone 4s not getting Filters in Camera (as if it was too much trouble to make) and none of those getting AirDrop... Same happened last year with iOS 6, and iOS 5 before it, not making all the features to older devices... Siri, FaceTime over 3G etc... This is also some form of fragmentations...

27. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

There is a technical reason for some of these... for ex: Airdrop requires wifi with dual radios 2.4ghz and 5ghz, so that's why it is not available on older HW. Regardless, it is safe to say Apple does a better job an maintaining their HW than any Android OEM, other than Google itself; so they have a point.

35. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

look at nexus 4, 7, 10. they all are update on the morning of days the new update is released straight from google. touchwiz, sense and all the other arent responsibility of google. its like i made my own version of android and blame google for not updating it.

29. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

at least apple don't leave their consumers hanging. they may not get all the features, but at least they get the update

31. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Facetime over 3G? works on the 4S and 5 that I have tested, not sure of the 4 since is already 3 years old, so not much to say there.

41. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You can get an app for that.The iPhones can do almost everything because of it's App Store.

2. dapsta

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Talk about polishing a turd Having the version number without the features is fragmentation. Plain and simple. Same as on android. You have different version numbers and you have different features.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm on iOS 6 on my iPod Touch 4 and missing many features. When iOS 7 comes out fragmentation will be worse as many device won't be able to update. Also only the latest devices get features such as AirDrop (wifi transfer) and camera filters.

5. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

You're missing the point... The chart is meant for developers, which essentially says "it's okay to go on and use the latest SDK without worrying too much about old versions." Not exactly the same story for Android devs.

30. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

so youre saying you rather not get the update at all over getting the update with a few features left off?

36. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

it has never happened to me on android but if spent even 5 mins to check for update and download and install it and didnt see any difference i would be pissed off. google went from 4.2.1 to 4.2.2 and no one could see the difference but there was one and specially one i was struggling with. it fixed the bluetooth headphones sound quality.

4. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Apple marketing invented fragmentation. It only makes sense that they would be able to make the rules about what does and doesn't count as fragmentation. Clearly, this is similar to the game, "I win."

6. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

But... iOS1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all the same...

7. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

considering that there is only one manufacturer. this is some feat. seriously, if the chart looked anything other than this, it would spell a total failure on apple. unable to keep a few phones up to date. google is building an OS for phones that they don't make and the variations are legion. apple is lame for this. no one cares. go figure out how to make your os un-boring.

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

who cares beyond haters

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Those of us who are still running iOS 5.1.

33. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

oh so youre complaining about not getting a update on a ipod touch? a ipod touch that does not have a front camera or retina display sit down you need to upgrade cheapskate

38. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Perfecet example of how making assumptions makes you look like... Well, you know the rest. No, I'm taking about an $800 iPad which still works, although it's slow, laggy, and force closes a LOT! Why upgrade to get the exact same device with a slight hardware bump. I shouldn't need a camera to edit movies. iOS is fragmented and that's that. As for cheapskate, I paid over $800. You sit down, and find something to remove that foot from your mouth. LOL.

44. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I feel sorry for you paying $800 for a iPad. I would've bought a laptop instead genius. I'm pretty sure their is a app for editing movies. Also hardware strength is also a reason the device can't do those things

46. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I already had a laptop genius, and I had the money for an iPad. First you say there is an app that can do that, then you say the hardware is the reason I can't do it. Which is it? I just saying, iOS is fragmented as well, so they should stop acting as if they're perfect.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Apple is deliberately lying, because even if every single iOS user upgraded to iOS6, some features are available only on some iphone/ipad versions. For example, iPhone 4 users don't have Siri. So iOS is fragmented as well. Just, fragmentation is not in the version but in the features that are enabled or disabled according to the model. Apple, please, try again... you're not even a good troll.

13. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

exactly and even when you get a lot of version fragmentation across android manufacturers and phone models, you still get many features before Google release them in Android... Like Motorola phones implementing resizeable widgets before stock Android, or Sony and others allowing Screenshots, Sony Tablet allowing multiple users before jelly bean, Samsung making use of notification toggles, face unlock... etc This is the beauty of choice and innovation in Android, even if you dont get the latest version...

19. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

And iOS 7 will widen this gap even further.. iPhone 4 wont get features like AirDrop, Panorama or Camera Filters. While the iPad 2 gets only iTunes Radio as a new feature :(

12. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If you own a 3GS or older iPhone YOU DESERVE to be fragmented. Get with current technology people.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

3GS!! Apple wouldn't even care about iPhone 5 once iPhone 5s hit the shelve. Lol!!

18. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Please put back the dislike button!

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Says the iPhone fanboy Eating Grass hey

22. wendygarett unregistered

I'm enjoying Google now on my iPhone 3gs, you call that fragmentation?

15. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Lets have a chart showing which features older iOS devices iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 dont get from the newest versions of iOS instead

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