Three out of four compatible Apple devices are running on iOS 9

According to data posted on Apple's developer support website, 75% of compatible devices are running iOS 9. That is up from the 70% that were using iOS 9 by November. 19% are running iOS 8 with the remaining 7% using iOS 7 or older. The adoption rate for iOS 9 tops the 68% of compatible devices that were running iOS 8 this time last year. Apple released iOS 9 last September.

Apple computed the adoption rates by tracking iOS devices that entered the Apple App Store yesterday. The Adoption rate should move even higher once iOS 9.3 is released. Apple is adding some interesting features with the build. As we told you the other day, Night Shift will make the iPhone and iPad screen easier on your eyes starting at sundown, making it easier for you to go to sleep. Another new feature, Notes, allows you to keep a virtual pad with important information "scribbled" on it. The information is secure since is accessible only via a fingerprint match, or by typing in a password. This morning, we told you about Auto-Switch, which allows a person who owns more than one Apple Watch, to pair all of them on a single Apple iPhone.

Apple's high adoption rate stands in stark contrast to the latest Android distribution data which shows that Android 6.0 is on just .7% of Android devices. Android 4.4 KitKat, two generations old, has the highest adoption rate among Android builds at 36.1%. Comparing iOS and Android adoption rates is not a clean cut task. Apple is the manufacturer of the iPhone and develops iOS. Android has many different manufacturers building handsets with the Android OS coming from Google. Most of the phone manufacturers have their own UI that runs over Android, which means that not all Android phones can be updated to the latest build at the same time.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Apple



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

They've focus on update but not on stability. My ipod 5th gen is so slow rigth now in ios 9. Though I have 8gb left in the memory.

10. Unordinary unregistered

My dads iPhone 4S is still smooth as butter and stable af. I actually wish I could use the 4S. iOS 6 was amazingly smooth and untouched by any OS in terms of silky smooth butter. Too bad Apple has been slipping in the OS department in terms of stability and sh*t iOS7+. I mean iOS only has a .4% higher crash rate than Android and it needs to be taken with a grain of salt (both systems) because crash ratings are completely subjective with usage.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

But still it wasn't as fast as it was on iOS6, really loved it's buttery smoothness back then.

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If your dad's 4S is on 9.0.2 you can easily downgrade to 6.1.3, I did it and I couldn't be happier with my 4S, it runs so fast that my friend's G3 and S5 seem to be released the same year as 4S. The only grip is that some apps are no longer supported for iOS6 but so far from apps I use only Genius doesn't have version for iOS6. Facebook is still merged with messenger into one app and is less cluttered :) Really, really recommend you to do it and if the firmware is above 9.0.2 wait for jailbreak, Taig already has 9.2 jailbreak but they're waiting for 9.2.1 to release. iOS6 + jailbreak = complete, perfect OS

21. Unordinary unregistered

Already beat you to it :P I meant "is" not was. "Was" as in general. It's amazing how great the 4S is. My 6S Plus is jailbroken. Waiting for the boneheads who already jailbroke 9.3 to release a master JB for 9.3 once 9.3 becomes master released. By the way, the 4S actually handles iOS 9 really well. There are bugs obv, but I just love how my 4S still gets support and attention from Apple, whereas my old Android is still running an ancient OS lol.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Is it iOS 9.3? iOS 9-2 made my iPad Mini 2 a laggy mess, like constant sub 30 fps in several places iOS 9.3 is far better, its similar to my brother's 2013 Moto G on 5.1 Lollipop Although its still terrible compared iOS 7, where it was as smooth as my Nexus 5 on 4.4 KitKat

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

A lot of peeps are still on iOS 8.4 and still love it, due probably cuz of how much overall responsiveness with older phones ain't a issue

3. Ronnnie

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

My iPad Air 2 and iPod touch suffer from lag. iOS 9 is a nice update on iPad Air 2, adding the multitasking features has made the tablet a lot better.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

My iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s and iPad 3 is running great (well iPad 3 takes longer to launch newer apps and you catch a hitter here and there). But none of those devices are slow. I even compared my iPad 3 to my friends note 4 - note 4 was only faster launching a camera and initial focusing. But all basic tasks just as fast (my iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s were faster at just about everything than note 4 - sorry no one bought the note 5 among my friends). Just saying that the iPad 3 running iOS 9.2 is not slow - it is slower than newer devices - but not slow.

5. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

All of my Apple devices are iOS9, except my iMac 27 inch 5k retina of course

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I do have a serious question. How many iDevices that support iOS 9 vs iDevices that don't. Basically how many people still carry iPhone 4 and older and original iPad as primary devices (I know many still use old 3GS or older as music players and such but not as a primary devices - they just still work and work great so no sense of throwing them out). But considering devises that are really the primary devises - how many are donnot get ios9. .

11. Unordinary unregistered

Problem is, companies like ATT are starting to phase out those phones. They're getting rid of Edge service and the OG iPhone didn't have 3G. Soon it'll be 3G once LTE becomes the "old" and 5g becomes the new.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

I've seen a guy using white iPhone 3GS in Home Depot (white 3g/3gs was all the rage back then if you guys remember). That was about 4 months ago. I talked to the guy - he seemed happy with it running ios6.x.x. Rarely I see iPhone 4/4s. The only other pre-iPhone 4 that I've seen was a black iPhone 3gs about a year ago in Chipotle. But this article is talking about devices that are supported to get iOS 9 - my question is how many are still in primary use that are not getting iOS 9. I'm curious how many IN TOTAL iDevices (that can get iOS9 and those that do not) so I can see in real world how many are up to date and not up to date... because this article only talking percentage of supported devices - which gives you a bit of false number of actual percentage of devices running iOS9...

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Eventually they'll only compare Apples to Nexuses or other specific manufacturers.

8. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

My wifes ipad air and her iphone 6+ both having issue with the updates, especially her 6+ with facbook, it crash everytime she hit the "like" button:(

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I honk that's a problem with Facebook not iOS update.

22. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Come to think of it could actually be her phone, cuz My iPad mini 2 works fine. I don't know, anyway Thx AlikMalix

17. Unordinary unregistered

That's a Facebook issue. FB is the most garbage app on both Google Play and the App Store. Terrible battery optimization and beyond. Shady update notes and complete trash compared to the browser website. Just use the browser. It's smoother, faster, and on Safari, it's pretty much instantaneous.

23. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I barely go onto Facebook anymore, nut I will have her use browser instead of the app from now and see what's the different. Thx Unordinary

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

More like "...crawling on iOS9."

16. AlikMalix unregistered

if my ipad 3 running really well considering it's nearly 4 year old hardware on iOS 9... I have to disagree that anything is "crawling" on iOS 9... At worst my iPad actually is better with iOS 9 than iOS 8 early versions.

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

My Air runs much better on 9 than on any 8 version but it's still far from 7.1.2 which was best FW after 6.1.6. But it's still on 9.0.2, maybe 9.2 is better but I'm waiting for jailbreak before I update it

24. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

My iPad mini 2 runs just as well on iOS 9.2 than it did with iOS 8. Battery smooth, I have no complaints.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.