iOS 7 adoption breaks previous record, now accounts for 60% of the ecosystem

iOS 7 adoption breaks previous record, now accounts for 60% of the ecosystem

Apple's overhauled iOS 7 update has been live for less than 10 days, but the numbers have already started coming in, and they're quite impressive. According to several estimates, the adoption of iOS 7 spiked to 30% of the total iOS ecosystem in the first 24 hours, alone. This has since changed, and dramatically at that, making iOS 7 the “fastest software upgrade in history”, according to Apple, though Cupertino didn't bother to compare it to previous releases or provide exact figures.

No matter, for third-party marketing platforms like Fiksu and Mixpanel have a statistically sufficient sample of the iOS world to help them with estimates, and the willingness to share their numbers. Starting off with Fiksu, the company has been tracking iOS 7's progress hourly, and estimates that 188.42 hours after its release, iOS 7 now accounts for 57.6% of the total Apple ecosystem. The numbers from Mixpanel are fairly similar – according to their estimate, 60.97% of all iOS users are now running on the new firmware.

Fiksu has also provided a chart with a break down of the iOS universe, at least as far as the iPhone is concerned. As you can see below, the adoption rates for the iPhone 5s (1%) and iPhone 5c (0.3%) are still tiny in comparison to the yet-to-be-dethroned iPhone 5 (39.3%). The now aging iPhone 4s and iPhone 4 are no joke, either – they comprise a 32.2% and 24.7% share, respectively.

Apple has definitely made a name for itself when new software is involved – these make the rounds pretty fast, ensuring that the vast majority of people on the Apple OS are up to speed with the company's latest efforts, and that's admirable.

Source: Fiksu, Mixpanel via 9to5Mac



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

sadly one advantage over android devices.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not really an advantage, more of a trade-off. You can have very fast updates with Android, you just have to go with Nexus/Google Play devices. So, it's either very fast updates with a stock interface, or relatively slow updates, but with a custom OEM interface that adds features that stock doesn't have. Pick your poison; I'm trying to go down a middle road with Motorola, relatively fast updates with a mostly stock interface but with a few added features.

17. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Below is a good read on how Google is overcoming fragmentation and most have yet to even notice it. Apple and Google are really coming from two different directions with OS updates and key OS features/apps. Apple keys on having devices on the same OS version, though they pull many of the newer features so that they are compatible with older models. With Google we are starting to see much less added to new versions of Android. With 4.3 what really even changed? They added new Bluetooth support and a few other things like the new toggles that people really don't care about. Instead, "Google Play Service" is what Google uses to bypass the OEMs and Carriers to get the new features on all devices, regardless of what version of Android they are on. If you have a device with Play Store installed you get the new features. Think about all the new stuff Google announced at O/I this year, Hangouts, Device Manager, updated Maps, Youtube, Play Games. All of those could have been in an OS update, ala Apple, but instead Google is able to simple push the updates to your device or make it available via the Play Store.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Stop, stop with your sense making ways. Its the only "advantage" the Apple guys have left. If they lose that what will they use for a high horse, the nipple reader? I THINK NOT

25. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

One of many.

2. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Not me. I'm still rocking 5.something because apple didn't want to give my first gen ipad iOS 6. At least it's jailbroken.

20. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

on one hand they have made impossible to downgrade from iOS7 and stopped the working of basic essential services like itunes ..etc if u r still on iOS 6 and on other hand we get to hear this crap!! congrats Apple on ur (unwilling and forceful) achievement !!!

21. stealthd unregistered

It's not impossible to downgrade. Apple doesn't directly give you the ability, but you can get the older iOS install files and install through iTunes.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So cartoon looks, iLag and extra battery drainage now affects dozens of millions of users? Say it ain't so.

5. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Yes, abt 40 million galaxy notes shipped so far.


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

iLag? What the heck are you talking about?

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There is lag on iOS 7 for older devices, mainly due to planned obsolescence. Apple put 512 MB of RAM on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPod 5th gen, even though they KNEW they had to add multi-tasking to iOS soon. Multi-tasking on devices just doesn't work perfectly with less than 1 GB of RAM, so all the previously mentioned devices have noticeable lag.

15. HASHTAG unregistered

I agree that battery drainage is a big issue on iOS 7 with my iPad 4. Have to almost charge it up every day now.

6. dinosaur

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

I'd been forced to update cause unable to cancel it, happened to most of my friends too!

7. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Yaa.. U wer forced to enter the deep hidden update settings , and agreeing all apple's pollicies before updating to ios7 .. Dont fool around that much dude. Control ur hands.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Actually this might actually be a legitimate claim. My friend said she never updated her iPhone 5 herself, she just looked at her phone and saw it was rebooting, and when it was completely booted up it was running iOS 7. Maybe Apple is somehow forcing the update?

22. stealthd unregistered

Maybe she hit install on a pop up message, but they don't force the updates.

11. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Wow, that's really successful. Apple did an awesome job at quickly phasing in iOS 7. Android and Windows Phone should have a little look at themselves and use Apple's efficient updates.

12. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

ios 7 simply rocks The icons are floating over the wallpaper While the android is just sitting on 4 since past 5

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You're either joking or stupid...the iOS 7 background parallax effect copies an Android app from like 2 years ago...

13. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Mobilekicker. Nice one!

14. HASHTAG unregistered

This is the best thing that iOS has over Android; which is one of the reasons to why I got an iPad over an Android tablet. I also have a Nexus 4 for the reasons of getting updates without waiting months for the updates from Android manufactures.

16. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 51; Member since: May 23, 2013

Of course it's gonna have record adoption rates, they started to shut down ios6 a month before 7 was released. Yall ain't fooling nobody!

18. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Doesnt suprise me its something different people are attracted to different things! Doesnt matter it could be an absolute terrible OS but its different that is why people are upgrading!

26. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Have you used it yet on a personal device?

19. AustinPaul

Posts: 152; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

What this says to me is that people were more anxious than ever for something different. I know I was on my iPad2. Nonetheless, I still use my little Nexus 7 more.

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