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iOS 7 reportedly gets between 17 and 36% adoption in first 24 hours

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iOS 7 reportedly gets between 17 and 36% adoption in first 24 hours
After a new version of iOS is released, it is always interesting to see just how quickly users upgrade. When iOS 6 was released, there were a number of users who held off because they didn't want to get stuck with Apple Maps and not have a Google Maps fallback. This time around, the only things that would likely keep users from upgrading were the download errors at launch, and the new visual aesthetic, which people love to hate.

Analytics firm Mixpanel has been keeping track of the iOS 7 adoption, and according to the site, iOS 7 has been installed on 36% of Apple devices in its first 24 hours being available. Given the wealth of issues users were having in downloading and installing the update yesterday, that's a pretty solid amount. Mixpanel is tracking the progress as it goes, so you can keep checking the source to see where things fall when at the time you read this article. 

But, not all analytics agree. According to Chitika, iOS has only reached about 17% adoption in its first 24 hours. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle, but it would be interesting to see some official stats on this, because it would certainly shed more light on how much trouble those download errors caused during the iOS release.

Of course, there will be those who try to use this data to "prove" some sort of biased argument regarding the inane "f-word", but we don't really buy that. Both iOS and Android have their own unique issues, and trying to label any of them under a too-broad heading of "fragmentation" doesn't do any good. Apple gets faster adoption of new software, but can't offer all of the benefits to all devices; and, Android has slower adoption because of the manufacturers and carriers, but Google is bypassing that issue with updates to Google Apps, and Google Play Services. 

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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:44 16

1. bucky (Posts: 3101; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Gotta hand it to apple for updates. They really get everyone up to date

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:15 4

12. brar.arsh (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

That's true.. I definitely appreciate apple for this.


How many devices do they actually have to update?
3 Iphones?? Iphone 4, 4S and 5
and like 4 Ipads?

So in total 7-8 devices, still took >3 months after announcement.

Google updates all Nexus lineup on the same day of New OS announcement and which is followed by 1000's of devices by other manufacturers in coming months and(Years for some). :D

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:33 1

14. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

Could it be because when Google announces a new OS, it's already completed and when Apple announced theirs it was still in development and not ready? The original announcement was a preview and on the release date, they pushed it out to the devices.

As for how many devices Apple has to update is completely irrelevant because Google only updates a handful of Nexus devices. The other OEM's are responsible for updating their own devices and Google doesn't play any part in that process and considering how many more Apple devices are in circulation over Nexus devices, you really cannot compare the two.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:44 4

16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Not to mention that the lower the line of phones you go, the less you get from the update. Like the 4 doesn't get Airdrop, Filters, etc, on top of the stuff they didn't get from iOS 6, eg. Siri, Panorama.

Put that together and the 4 just effectively only gets a new app launcher.

How can Apple consider this an "upgrade". hell, this is more fragmented than Android, at least with Android, it's either 2.3, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3. No quarter updates or missing features unless you lack the hardware for it.

With Apple, it's iOS 4, iOS 5, iOS 5 (3/4), iOS 6, iOS 6 (1/2), iOS 6 (3/4), iOS 7, iOS 7 (1/3), iOS 7 (2/3)...

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:08 1

23. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

The iPhone 4 is over three years old. Getting anything at this point is major, and it doesn't get Siri and Panorama because of hardware limitations. Ask anyone who jailbroke and added Siri to the iPhone 4. It sucked because the iPhone 4 lacked the mic setup of the 4s and 5.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:21

28. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

What about Panorama? You're seriously telling me the 4 lacks the hardware for that when there are dozens of other apps that can already do it? How about filters in the camera? Also done by other apps.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:08 1

24. Ninetysix (Posts: 2622; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Yep. You'll just be missing some important bug fixes, security patches, etc on Android. iPhone4 is more than 3 years old. How android phones are still getting updates after 3, 2, or a year? If you don't have a nexus phone, you better pray to the smartphone update Gods and hope that you get blessed with one.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:15

27. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Maybe do to hardware limitations. And how can you say it's even more fragmented than Android. It still got a new update unlike even laster year androids. It may not be a big update but it still is an update while android phones from 1/2 years ago don't even get an update. iPhone 4 is almost 4 years old.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:11

26. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Well thousands of devices from 2009/10 don't even have ICS or even Jelly Bean. Apple still updated the iPhone 4, a phone from 2010 and on day one. That doesn't happen in anny other line of phones from any manufacter. So the number of phones updated don't matter. Apple only has launched 7 iPhones and 5 iPads compared to thousands of Android devices. So your agument doesn't make sense.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:53

30. bucky (Posts: 3101; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Yours doesn't either. You're basically blaming apple for not releasing more phones. That's how their release guidelines is. It has its strengths and this is one of them.

No matter which you twist it, fragmentation is WAY worse on android as evident by the number of devices still running gingerbread and ics.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:19

34. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I'm defending Apple for releasing on older phones. I didn't blame Apple, I defended Apple because number of phones don't matter. You can't beat Apple in OS updates, mobile or desktop. My argument is correct because you can't compare number of different devices with age of other devices in a os update. The truth is fragmentation in iOS has always been close to zero.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:46 9

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Apple said... "You're not downloading right".

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:52

5. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Hilarious and original.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:47 2

3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:08 3

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Fragmentation is present in all platforms but it's too less on iOS.
They did pretty good job on this department.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:03 1

21. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

You sound jealous

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:48 1

4. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

only moments to go and im done, make that 36.000001% haha

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:56 2

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 24339; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Enjoy it, I'm loving it on my iPad.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:14 2

11. Sauce (unregistered)

Using it right now on my girlfriends iPad Mini. I'm loving it. Completely addicted lol. Gotta get me one of these.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:40

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 24339; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I'm getting the mini 2, and giving my sweetie my iPad 3. Ios7 makes this thing like brand new. I'm bouncing all over trying to find stuff. +1

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:22

29. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I have it since Beta 4 in iPad Mini and love it. After two days I actually started loving the icons. The old icons were weird. Loving the app updates for iOS.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:00 2

19. techaman (unregistered)

so i guess that means you like the android system since you love your update lol, i like all os's just keep your mind open and try other systems you will find out alot of things you never thought where possible on phones.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:56 2

7. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

Well I received my update and I love it. I was a little concerned about the theme but it has already grown on me. I love the new look of Safari the most. Great update IMO!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:02 2

20. techaman (unregistered)

why does everyone call the new safari look amazing i mean all browsers are like that and have been like that for 2 years.?

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:59 4

8. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Apple knows how to do updates

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:01 4

9. jove39 (Posts: 1965; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Thats one thing i like about iOS and Apple!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:30 2

13. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)

Lol. Of course, isheeeps waited for a long time on these but found out nothing innovative. Just Girly Designs and Colours, copied from Other OS. hahaha

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:52 3

18. Sauce (unregistered)

I see that, you sir, are also "sheeeping" with those unoriginal, uninovative, ignorant comments of yours.


posted on 19 Sep 2013, 12:49

17. adele (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

I'm having big problems with my keyboard once I ipdated. Typing wont sync impossibly slow and wrong keys putting crazy words on so pissed!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:04

22. techaman (unregistered)

just wait until you try a android when the key board can be set to look at your text and see how you type and auto adjusts the how you write a word in your style.

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