Apple's iOS 8.4 adoption numbers hit 40% eight days after release

The latest official update to Apple's iOS, iOS 8.4, was unleashed onto the world 8 days ago (June 30), and while it was mostly a maintenance, bug-fixing update, it also introduced the Apple Music music-streaming service for all devices eligible to receive the OS update. Normally, when Apple pushes a new software update for its devices, a large portion of them all are already rocking it shortly after.

It seems that this is the case with iOS 8.4, which won't be the black sheep in the family. Just 8 days after the non-major OS update was released, it's now powering more than 40% of all active iDevices. As a reminder, all iPhone models spanning back to (and including) the iPhone 4s are eligible for the incremental software refreshment.

This data derives from MixPanel's data regarding the Apple Music adoption. Since Apple Music comes with iOS 8.4, it's logical to deduce that the adoption rates are correlated.

What does this mean for the likes of Spotify that also offer music-streaming services (Rdio, Deezer, Pandord, Google Play Music)? Well, it generally means that the potential subscriber pool for Apple Music is growing pretty fast, which could force them to declare DEFCON 1.

source: MixPanel via MacNN



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I didn't download it still.

2. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Thanks for the information

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I am still in 8.1.2 or something.

11. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Good for you.

19. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Me too. Keeping a stable 8.1.2 jailbreak until ios 9 and jailbreak comes out.

12. waddup121 unregistered

great stuff.

3. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Refreshment for eligible devices.

4. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

8.4 fixed freezing in messaging and lessen the lag on my iPhone.

5. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Meanwhile on lagdroid, fandroids are still waiting for the update that was released 2 years ago. Lagdroid gonna lag ROFL.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Yeah, while people who are on the latest update experience f*cked up battery life and lagtastic web browsing. How does that sound to you, sheep?

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because I can go an buy a 3 year old Galaxy S3 and it will do more than an iPhone 6 even with 8.4. What does 8.4 really give you? Beats Music? lol The GS3 still has a bigger battery, equally as fast CPU, same sized screen but in a smaller package. Or I could get a S4. Even a Nexus 5 does more than a iPhone 6. What does this update actually change? It doesnt really add any features. Its for fixes and beats. My phone doesnt need fixing. I coudl go an but a GS3 with Android 4.04 and it will still do far more than todays iPhone PERIOD no matter what iOS version it has. Why would I be jealous? My phone has 128GB of storage, the fastest storage, the fastest CPU, the fastest RAM, the best display int he world and its 1440p, I have the fastest and one of the best cameras in this price range and more. I have a phone that wont bend in my pocket and I can choose whatever theme and default app I want. What would I be jealous of? Even if the iPhone got 50 updates this year, none of them would make the iPhone 6 better than the S6 out the box. PERIOD.

8. gaming64 unregistered

I'm still upset about no improvement in battery life :(

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ios 8.4, like the rest of the 8.X updates hasn't really fixed any bugs. The music app redesign is great, and finally being able to use music for an alarm is welcomed, but 10 months of bugs and lag...cmon Apple.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Agreed. Hope iOS 9 fixes every issue.

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Well of course everyone updated so quickly, unlimited music for three months! Who would skip that? Besides, it seems 8.4 is just as stable as 8.3 so no reason not to update.

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