Defragmentation – iOS 9 is now on 84% of Apple mobile devices out there


On its Developer page, Apple announced that iOS 9 has reached an 84% adoption across all supported iPhones, iPads, and iPods in operation today. This marks a 7% increase since February, and despite the solid growth percentage, the number isn't remarkable considering it took two months to achieve it. If iOS 9 keeps at or below the same rate of growth, its prospect of breaking through 90% adoption by the next version's announcement at the WWDC event in the middle of June seems unlikely.

It is possible that the slowdown in adoption is caused, in part, by the various bugs that plagued the initial release and the updates that followed. iOS 9.3, in particular, crashed newer iPhones and older iPads before Apple released a quick patch to eradicate the problem. There's also the user segment that still holds on to older devices and iOS versions out of various considerations, preventing iOS 9 from reaching all active Apple handsets and tablets out there.

By virtue of its "walled garden" nature and Apple's commitment to supporting aging devices, iOS 9 is doing much better in the numbers game than Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which ran on a measly 4.6% of active devices by April 4, 2016. The issue of fragmentation gets in the way of app developers that struggle with making their applications behave consistently on the sheer variety of Android devices out there. It also reserves the latest security updates and technological additions to a very small segment of Android device users.

Although Samsung and LG are reasonably up to speed with bringing Google's monthly security patches on their newer devices, not all device makers have the resources to pick up after them. Currently, the only way to get an Android update experience close to Apple's is to get a Google-branded Nexus device, which is a great option, but not the best for everyone.

source: Apple via Ubergizmo

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68 Comments

1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It would be nice to have the choice to say no to later iOS versions on older devices to be honest... I understand all the security updates etc but for those with an older iPad in particular (less likely to be upgraded often like a phone) there is general slowdown on newer versions of iOS. I can't stand leaving a red "1" on my Settings icon though...

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wait for the "my iPhone 4S runs smoothly on iOS 9.x blah blah blah" replies.

13. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Those whose nervous system has a 3 second delay will say that.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Last smooth OS on 4S was 7.1.2, later were horrible

69. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Not iOS 6 ?

25. Unordinary unregistered

But it does. Lmao. At least I have the "CHOICE" to update. ERMAHGAD CHOICE CHOICE CHOICE ANDROID IS ABOUT CHOICE GUYZ'! WHAT HAPPENED

27. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

We too have the choice to upgrade, there are lots of custom ROMs!

33. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

No way to stop auto download iOS update! Keep bugging with pop up message until user update. That is a CHOICE?

70. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I am running android 4.4.4 on my n7 2013 android has hijacked the notification shade asking my to update and prompt me few times a day

71. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Android prompts you for an update, but does not force you like iOS.

72. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

How does iOS force you to update ?

39. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

With android i have choice as well can keep older OS and still get all the newest API for new apps.

46. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No it doesn't, heck even iPhone 5 is not as smooth on 9.x as it was on iOS 6. Read Wiencon's reply.

55. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Don't be such a committed fanboy. You know there are other brands than Apple too..

61. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

What about the Red Badge that pops up on the Settings App? I hate that. Android doesn't have any stuff like that

62. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It is only about the choice when it suits them; elsewhere it's something no one wants.

5. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

@Jimrod. With Android, you can get the latest security patch, without being obliged to install the latest version of the OS, like Apple. Be wise and make the switch, come on!

31. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

No you can't

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes you can. My BlackBerry PRIV has the latest/most current security patch available for Android and it's running lollipop.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Call me when updates on Android become a regular thing besides the Nexus.

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I receive update regulary on my HTC M7 M8 M9 and moto x play :)

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

As opposed to speedy updates on iOS that break your phone and require more updates to fix them, only to have said updates break something else on your phone? Oh yes, that's exactly what I want. :/

53. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i have a iphone 6 and its definitely slower than when i first bought it. It lags at times and freezes, I am already feeling buyers remorse

56. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Ok called

63. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

But with no response.

12. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Apple's strategy to make users buy new phones.

20. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

EU should sue Apple too.

21. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They should be at 95+% they literally shove it down your throat if not up your. I DON'T WANT AN UP GRADE STOP SENDING IT.

47. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Most clueless users don't know Apple's strategy. :D

22. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Haha, well from what I've seen from Android phones they seem to slow down by themselves regardless of updates too! :D I don't think anything is immune from it really. What's funny is that we always think the latest and greatest is far superior to what went before - my wife's aunt gave me an old iPhone 3G last year that had been opened but never used, that thing was still incredibly slick and smooth... Then the wife updated it. :\

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