Apple's own adoption figures show 50% of eligible iPhones are running iOS 13

Apple's own adoption figures show 50% of eligible iPhones are running iOS 13
Apple posted some charts on its App Store support page today revealing that 50% of all compatible iPhones are running iOS 13. The latest build of Apple's mobile operating system was released last month just in time to appear on the latest iPhone models. Since the release, Apple has had to exterminate some bugs and the other day it disseminated iOS 13.1.3. Overall, 41% of iPhones are driven by iOS 12 with the remaining 9% using an older build.

The numbers, which were calculated by Apple based on visits to the App Store, also show that 55% of all iPhone models released in the last four years are using iOS 13. That would include the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. 38% of these models are still running on iOS 12 while 7% are using an older build. Last year at this time the latest version of Apple's mobile OS was iOS 12, which was installed on 60% of eligible iPhone and iPad models.

Apple added a native Dark mode to the iPhone and iPad with its 2019 iOS builds

Speaking about the iPad, this year Apple released a dedicated iPadOS 13 for its tablets. One-third of all eligible iPads are using iPadOS 13 while the majority, 51%, continue to run iOS 12 on their tablet. 16% have an even older iOS version installed. Sticking with iPad models launched in the last four years, 41% have iPadOS 13 installed, 51% are running iOS 12 and 8% are being driven by an older iOS version.

With the iOS 13 update, Apple has added a native Dark mode, reduced the size of app downloads and updates making them faster, and apps will now load on the iPhone up to 2 times faster. Face ID is also faster, Apple Maps shows more details, the Photos app is revamped and the virtual QWERTY keyboard gets a native swipe to type function. On iPadOS 13, iPad users can fit more app icons on the home screen, shrink the virtual QWERTY keyboard, use the native swipe to type feature on the keyboard, and receive desktop websites by default on Safari. Highlighting text is easier and a three-finger gesture is used to quickly cut & paste text. With iPadOS 13, Apple's tablets will also get a native Dark mode.

If the iOS adoption rate this year follows what happened last year, we could see iOS 13 on 75% of compatible iPhones by next month, hitting 85% by next summer and 90% a month before iOS 14 is released next September.

Because Apple makes both the software and hardware for its mobile devices, it doesn't run into the fragmentation problem that Android has. The last official numbers released by Google from back in May revealed that seven months after dropping the final version of Android 9, only 10.4% of Android devices were running that build. Last month, Google released Android 10 which is found on only a few models including the Pixels and the Essential Phone. At the same time, back in May the most widely used build of Android was 2017's Android 8. Google has yet to update this data and it isn't clear that it ever will.

At one time, the distribution figures were reported like clockwork every month. Quite coincidentally, just a few weeks before Google released the May distribution numbers that we referenced above, we theorized that Google was ashamed of this data which explains why it didn't disseminate this data from October 26, 2018 through May 7, 2019. And since then, it has been over five months since we have seen updated Android distribution data.



1. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I hate what apple did with 3D Touch in ios13. Ok you didn’t bring 3D Touch in IPhone 11 pro but disabling it on older models which already had the hardware is the worst move ever. I know there’s haptic touch but it’s nowhere close to 3D Touch. Imagine apple decide to disable home button on iPhone 7 or older models and provide a swipe to home saying it wants to keep your experience same among devices. It’s something similar to disable true 3D Touch on devices that have the hardware and people were charged extra for that hardware. This was a really bad self harming step from apple.

3. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How is it a bad self harming step from Apple? Those who want an iPhone will complain but still go out and buy a new one anyway.

7. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You are talking about new users but apple has a huge customer database and they have disappointed them with such a move. It’s about the dissatisfaction among apple users as apple is known for customer satisfaction. Every apple user would agree that they have lost some of their legacy brand value this year by many wrong things they did.. it’s actually bad in long term.

14. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

No, I wasn't talking about new customers. I was actually talking about their loyal customer base. I know many people that complain about their iPhones year after year and then still buy them anyway. There are many on this site who fit that description too. Also remember that removing features takes "courage" ;)

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

They are locked into iMessage....

8. Stormrider

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Absolutely. This was a despicable move from Apple and they have no right to do so. It’s not your fault or mine that other people don’t use 3D Touch.

16. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I don’t understand what Mike 88 talks about. 3D Touch works the same as before iOS 13 on my iPhone 8 Plus. It doesn’t seem like have been disabled.

22. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I swear to god, it was off for me at certain point, and I remember being so pissed about it, but it's... I'm on iOS 13 beta 1 on 6S Plus and all of the functions seem to work just fine. There's even a setting menu for 3D and Haptic Touch under Accessibility -> Touch. Folks better check if it's turned off. It's just a shame newest models don't have 3D Touch anymore. It's such a blessing, and I don't feel like getting anything newer than an 8 Plus, lmao.

26. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It’s not the same thing,, what you’re getting is a long press with Taptic Engine so it feels like 3D Touch. 3D Touch senses multiple level of pressure. Try using peek and pop on texts mails and photos. 3D Touch an email, what you get as a preview is peek.. press it further down, (it’s supposed to pop up the full mail/image/conversation) no pop means 3D Touch have been disabled. Maybe you weren’t using it as much but trust me 3D Touch what it really was is disabled on hardware level. They could easily leave it untouched like home button on previous devices, instead of forcing swipe when home button is there. If you’ve a layer of 3D Touch hardware under your display and it was a selling point which was advertised by apple, they can’t simply disable it.

2. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

and how many percent people live with critical bugs on ios 13?

17. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

compared to overall users? extremely few...this isnt Android.

34. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Android has far less bugs

37. tbreezy

Posts: 123; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Don’t be lying bruh.

24. shonasof

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Removing stability takes courage.

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'd like to know what percentage of Pixel phones run Android 10, since that's the only thing really comparable to Apple and iOS.

23. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Albeit, for now Google has fewer phones under their belt, it's still refreshing to see a 2016 device having support for the newest OS. I never knew up until now, honestly :D Great for them.. ...some other manufacturers should take a note, lord.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6868; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Google should be embarrassed. From what I was reading here on PA a little while ago...Google apparently took away the ability to record phone calls with their newer version of Android, so I chose not to upgrade my OS. Bring that ability back, and I might reconsider doing an upgrade...

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1552; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

After upgrading and trading my iPhone 7 Plus I regret it. Yes the 11 pro Max I got is faster and a little better but it’s still the same thing as far as my 7 plus with iOS13. Nothing worth $1200. With so many simple features missing on this 11 pro that my pixel 2xl has had since day one. There’s truly nothing worth upgrading to in the last 4 years and it will be the same for the next 4.

10. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

What are you on about? Isn't that the same with every devices today. Besides no one is forcing you to buy a new device, take responsibility for your actions instead of blaming external things. You don't like something, you have 30 days to return it.

11. JCASS889

Posts: 599; Member since: May 18, 2018

People acting like they are being forced to buy these phones, there is always a super expensive segment of electronics, laptops, tvs, appliances.... Nobody ever complains about those being too pricy when there are definitely overpriced items in those areas. Been using an s9+ and I still see no reason to upgrade, so guess what? I won't.

25. shonasof

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

But it's a symbol of worthiness! Without the latest and "greatest" technology how will people ever believe that their monthly phone bill is worth paying? *sigh* I used an iPhone 5 which served me well for several years. Last year I ended up needing something that would offer more productivity to me and I picked up a Samsung S9. I get so much more use out of it that I may upgrade to a note 11 next year. The yearly upgrade mentality (and brand obsession, but that's another rant) has never made sense to me. Buy the device that works for your needs, and take care of it until the software stops getting security updates. incremental upgrades are pointless.

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 656; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm on iOS 13 and there is something annoying me .. the WIFI signal some times disappears even if I'm connected to the WIFI .. as well as when i switch from airplane the airplane icon won't leave !!! ( iPhone 7 )

13. wickedwilly

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I fail to see what is so good about a high adoption rate, even more, why Apple fans try to make it out as an advantage over Android. If features and functionality came first to iPhones and the software was reliable I could understand it. However, IOS has been lagging seriously behind Android for years, new features and functionality almost always comes to Android phones first both on hardware and software. As for the reliability of software on updates, IOS is clearly the worst so why rush to update. I guess its just because the features that come are so long overdue.

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

You guys would be singing a different tune if the roles were reversed.

20. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

android good iphone bad reeeee

29. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017


27. wickedwilly

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Not at all, you see things through narrow blinkered glasses. I see them as they are, Android users get features and functionality first and more reliable updates. There is a lot less need for them to update as there is for IOS users, it is just a fact.

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

I am an Android user...just not a silly one.

18. riteshrkm

Posts: 163; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

still On my 2015 Samsung S6 Edge running OREO. 1440 P enjoying the "PIC in PIC" & Splitscreen . Stay Happy with ur IOS 13 n Fast adoption rate. Matter of fact I don't need an adoption It runs as smooth as Day 1

21. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Installing custom ROMs surely was so user friendly it would give the regular user an aneurysm

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