iOS 7 now running on 74% of North American Apple devices

iOS 7 now running on 74% of North American Apple devices
iOS 7 has had a very split reception - some people love it, and some people hate it. Of course, it doesn't look like that is stopping anyone from installing the update. Last year, we saw quite a few users who seemed to delay updating to iOS 6 until Google Maps was released into the App Store; but, this year Apple devices in North America at least are mostly running iOS 7.

In mid-October, when Apple was announcing the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, Tim Cook let us know that in just over one month iOS 7 had been installed on 64% of iOS devices had been updated. We assume that those numbers were worldwide, but we can't say for sure because Cook never specified. Now, Chitika is saying that in the U.S. and Canada, iOS 7 has been installed on 74% of iOS devices, while iOS 6 still makes up 22% of the ecosystem. 

According to Chitika, it took iOS 6 six months to get to 83% penetration. Chitika studied "tens of millions" ad impressions on iOS devices in North America between October 25 and November 18 to get its statistics on iOS 7. 

source: Chitika via AppleInsider



35. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And yet Obama can't use iPhone. What a pity ...

29. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2013

Apple's success with their phones and OS is undeniable. So that's that. Articles like these I don't trust too much though because, as I've said before, they started to shutdown ios 6 like a month before 7 was released.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So when will a survey ask how many people want to go back to io6 but can't because apple won't let them?

21. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Do you feel the same way about those android updates completely messing up android phones? No, you will take it and still think the crashes, reboots, incompatibility with apps and crappy battery life is acceptable because it's android. I honestly do like android but the tables have turned in regards to who are the real sheep.

28. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Do you feel the same way about those android updates completely messing up android phones?" When did that happen? "No, you will take it and still think the crashes, reboots, incompatibility with apps and crappy battery life is acceptable because it's android." Don't have any of those issues either. Meanwhile, if I don't like what I have, Google will allow me to change it back on my Nexus devices. Apple will never. Maybe you should try thinking of new sterotypical things to complain about? Oh I know, I'll try to be stupid and say ios6 maps still sucks.

5. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

But, Android Keep Dominate Mobile Os. Android Still Kill Ios :)

20. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Obviously, it's put on anything with a screen, whether it can run properly or not.

48. casualavi

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

And after that, Apple copies the same "anything" on it's newer OS versions..

4. GeekMovement unregistered

That's nice, but would have been nicer if iOS7 was more stable.

10. Sauce unregistered

"More stable" lol. Let me tell you this. Out of all the weeks owning an iPhone 5s since launch, it has only restarted on me once or twice. Not let me ask you this. Are you releasing ignorance out of your mouth because that's what everyone else says? Or because you honestly feel it is not stable enough? Don't be a shyeep.

13. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I think he means stable as in fewer PNG glitches, overlapping dialers and BSODs.

15. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm sure you've seen that there has been numerous articles on the issues and bugs with iOS7. Knowing Apple, that's pretty disappointing and just seems like a let down compared to previous updates as they were known for the solid fluid "just works" operating system. Plus your new iPhone 5S already started restarting on its own? That's even more shocking to me. My Note 2 hasn't restarted on me after owning it for months. Yes, I'm being honest and my comments are always honest. I think the iPhone is a very acceptable model and Apple creates brilliant products, but iOS7 (aside from some aesthetically pleasing updates such as the transparency/blur feature) has been quite a disappointment. I have big expectations from Apple next year when they release their next iPhone and next iOS(8?) update.

23. GeekMovement unregistered

It's not that surprising that android would have bugs after all many people already believe that Android is a buggy operating system though in my experience it has been pretty smooth. I haven't used 4.4 Kitkat yet (I use iOS7 on my iPad4), but as far as I know Android has been constantly becoming more stable little by little and optimized for many variety of handsets coming from different manufacturers. Apple needs to just focus on their own iPhones and iPads, but to see it with this many bugs and issues compared to their previous builds is sad. After all, I'm not comparing which OS is more buggy, I'm just hoping that Android, iOS, and any other OS like WP is improving from their last build and is becoming more stable after each update, but iOS7 has been having so many problems that Apple needed to release multiple more updates to fix whatever issues it had. I hope you understand what I'm trying to explain, it's not an android vs iOS thing.

26. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Looks like an exchange bug and some weird non existant problem of FPS in video playback. Android police found some areas that needed polish. No major messed up wallpapers here, move along.

18. Sauce unregistered

Well said. I have been defeated. :)

22. stealthd unregistered

As someone actually using iOS 7, I wouldn't characterize it as buggy or a disappointment. Your opinion is based entirely on second hand experiences, you have no idea how many people those bugs actually affect. If you're basing your entire opinion on how many phonearena articles there are you should remember that Apple articles make phonearena more money than anything else. Remember when there was all that hullabaloo about a lockscreen bug on iOS that gave people limited access to the phone without needing the PIN/password? The articles on that got so many clicks and comments saying how insecure an iPhone was. Then it was found the GS3 and Note 2 had a similar bug, except worse because the lockscreen would be completely disabled leaving the whole phone wide open, and no one cared. Apparently bugs are only a big deal when it happens on iOS.

24. GeekMovement unregistered

My opinion on iOS7 is based on my own experience (yes, I use iOS7 too, surprise!) along with the many articles online to further my opinion. You almost make it sound like I'm trying to purposely bash on iOS because I prefer android, but I can tell you that's not the case. "Apparently bugs are only a big deal when it happens on iOS." And it's called to the front page of many tech sites, do you know why? iOS is widely not known for bugs and with each iOS update, it should be delivering a more stable and a more fluid experience for its users. iOS7 was bug filled compared to its previous update in my experience and according to many articles to confirm it. As for the bottom half of your post, I'll repeat myself and say again that this is not an iOS vs android which OS has more bugs argument. Android jellybean (current build I use) has been a huge improvement in terms of fluid user experience over gingerbread and ice cream sandwich. The important part is not which OS is better, but are the operating systems from apple and google getting better with each update.

44. stealthd unregistered

Funny how you didn't mention having any experience with iOS 7 until it was called into question, seems like that would have been relevant earlier. Also funny how you say it's not a "which OS has more bugs argument" after you bring up how your Note 2 doesn't restart. Sounds like you can't keep your story straight.

47. GeekMovement unregistered

I admit that I brought the Note 2 into my explanation which would make it a comparison to the iPhone that restarted on that user. Let me ask you this, if I were to take back the sentence about the Note 2, would that have changed the comment that iOS7 isn't as stable as previous iOS versions? I hope you understand the point of what I was trying to explain since the first post. Sounds like you have no more to say about the iOS7 software itself so trying to find errors in my comments would be all that you have left to do. Good job, you succeeded, here's a cookie. Also I apologize for confusing you, I will make it clear to everyone on PA that I own an iPad4 running on iOS7 next time I make an opinion about it.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31801; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Whoa that's deep. +1

25. av911 unregistered

"Out of all the weeks owning an iPhone 5s since launch, it has only restarted on me once or twice. " You're content with an OS that actually restarts on you? Typical. The ONLY time my Android devices restart is because it has a custom rom.

27. Sauce unregistered

First world problems. Spoiled brat.

38. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I just performed a hard reset on my wife's iPhone 5 because her phone starting turning off by itself. It only started once we updated her to iOS 7. Just look at the thread below. I'm hoping that the reset took care of the problem or it might be a bad battery in a 14 month old phone. Something is not right with both pictures.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The iOS6 holdouts could be waiting for a stable release of iOS7 - maybe when it gets to v. 7.1.4. I personally know 3 of the holdouts, and that is why they have deferred upgrading.

1. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Well duh! They forced it...

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Not sure what you mean by "forced".

14. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

As in not being able to revert to IOS 6...?

36. taikucing unregistered

No other choice. My brother's iphone 4 is installed with ios7. I notice a lag when scrolling.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

But what percentage has all the features? NOT anywhere near 74%... iOS7 on 74% means less when siri doesn't work on anything older than 4S. This is a bs stat to try and claim superiority over fragmentation and android. iPhone 4 which was the newest model up until late 2011 can't do siri, so iOS7 on 74% means diddly

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