Apple says iOS 12 is installed on 70 percent of its devices, confirming impressive growth rate

Apple says iOS 12 is installed on 70 percent of its devices, confirming impressive growth rate
Unlike Android distribution numbers, which are reliably measured and frequently updated only by Google itself, the adoption rate of a new iOS version is both occasionally confirmed by Apple and routinely tracked in third-party data reports.

Companies like Mixpanel thus regularly inflate the numbers of an iOS update compared to Apple’s own stats, although no matter how you look at it, the recent iOS 12 growth rate is simply astounding.

After getting off to a somewhat sluggish start, the device performance and system stability-focused software build expanded rapidly to eligible iPhones and iPads as major bugs pretty much never cropped up.

In contrast, iOS 11 brought way more palpable enhancements and substantial feature add-ons to the table last year, driving big adoption numbers initially but significantly slowing down as users started bumping into catastrophic or just really annoying glitches.

While “only” 59 percent of active Apple devices ran iOS 11 as of early December 2017, the figure is up to a colossal 70 percent share for iOS 12 in official December 3, 2018 App Store measurements.

That’s up a solid 10 percentage points from a little over a month ago, although it’s still not quite as impressive as third-party numbers estimated last week. While it’s obviously not fair (or relevant) to compare that 70 percent slice of the pie with the invisible Android market share of the 9.0 Pie version, it’s also interesting to point out 72 percent of “iDevices” sold in the last four years are already using iOS 12.

In case you couldn’t tell how stable and silky smooth iOS 12 is compared to its predecessor, let’s also mention the new platform version has barely received a .0.1 and .1 update until now, while iOS 11.2 was released this time last year, following .0.1, .0.2, .0.3, .1, .1.1, and .1.2 maintenance updates. Bottom line, things are so less messy now.

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19 Comments

1. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Just 70%, that's all? Apple puts out only one major update a year. Apple controls the hardware & software. Apple has the notification pop up bug you about a new software update when available until you update. So 70%, that's all?

3. thedizzle

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Yeah, honestly why does this article have to be posted? Is it really that big of a deal?

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3756; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep they spam you multiple times daily. You gotta be pretty tolerant to not just update and get it over with.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“Apple puts out only one major update a year.” *facepalm*

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

YES 70% IS JUST MIND BOGGLING!!! Where have you ever heard numbers like that for a major operating system? No where. And the fact that Apple controls their software and hardware has nothing to do with the install rate because they don't forcefully update your device just like Microsoft with Windows thus people have the 100% control over upgrading their phone. People has done it in massive numbers this time because of the fact that how smooth and bug free the iOS 12 has been so far. Stop being a cry baby sad hater all the time and try to grasp even small tiny little things like this.

17. midan

Posts: 2481; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't think the number can go up much anymore, those who haven't updated have the device which doesn't support iOS12. Especially with iPads a lot of people use iPads which can't install iOS12 and couldn't install iOS11 either.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 1841; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

iOS 12 has proven to be very stable, fast and fun.

8. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Yeah so stable that when it encounters a simple bug. eg. calendar date, indian character, or page link - The whole OS crash lmao.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No, that's not true at all. iOS 12 is worlds better than Android 9.0 pie which is a lame copycat of the iOS 12.....LOL

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 12 is solid, but needs more work. Compared to iOS 11, it’s way more stable and fluid though. Still a little boring, and lacking a few useful features.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Considering the update is pushed out by Apple to all devices at once I always thought the adoption rate has been a bit slow. It's better than Android or Windows for sure, but they have different methods of handling updates.

9. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Yeah. Feature wise, ios 12 is 2 years behind of android. ios 12 when comparing toe to toe in feature is equivalent to android naugat.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

More like Gingerbread. When you consider that many of Samsjngs phones have original Note-like features like splitscreen multitasking and more. And Phone still has it yet. The iPhone was meant to be simplistic and kiddish. It wasn't meant for nerds who like to tinker, and a totally learn advanced capabilities. It's for people who just want to point and click and have something happen. They dont care about control or customization. I love my Android for that. AMD I use iOS when I need a break

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6114; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You must not have been used iOS since 2016, than.

12. midan

Posts: 2481; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

but well no-one shouldn't believe anything what you say about iOS because you don't know what you are talking about, just few days ago you said try to play pubg while listening music from spotify. That works with iOS without any problem, but of course you don't know that. Or you didn't know that iOS devices can open zip files and actually does that lot faster than android devices ;)

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What was the ;) for? It's not like you proved any point, you just posted more nonsense. I use both daily, and nahhhh sonnnn.

18. midan

Posts: 2481; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

exactly what was that? why you replied to me? when i replied to koioz who doesn't know anything about iOS or how it works. and yes i proved point that koioz doesn't know anything about iOS.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, that's speculation. You proved nata.

15. Ichimoku

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Android? Meh.

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