iOS 8 adoption slows to a crawl

iOS 8 adoption slows to a crawl
When it comes to iOS updates, the assumption is always that users will install the new version relatively quickly. It is one of the points of pride for Apple, when it tries to compare iOS to Android (not that the update speed is a valid comparison anyway). But, Apple is not having such a good time with iOS 8, which is seeing extremely slow adoption.

Apple updated the platform numbers on its developer site today to reflect the numbers gathered yesterday. In the past two weeks, iOS 8 has only gained 1 percentage point, and is now found on 47% of Apple devices. iOS 7 dropped from 49% to 46%, and oddly versions of iOS 6 and lower gained share as well. Of course, this could just be the measurement, because these numbers are gathered the same way we get Android numbers - by the count of devices that access the App Store. So, these are not complete numbers, and may not accurately reflect the ecosystem overall. 

Still, these numbers from Apple do confirm what we've seen from ad-trackers that iOS 8 adoption is slower than previous versions of iOS. Undoubtedly, the massive troubles with the iOS 8.0.1 update have something to do with the slow uptake, but we can't help wonder if there is some other reason why users are lax in updating. Maybe the allure of extensibility doesn't attract iOS users as much as Android fans would expect?

iOS 8 adoption slows to a crawl

source: Apple via VentureBeat

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53 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hehe, grabs popcorn and drink. Waiting for best explanation.

14. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Because the bugs are plenty.

56. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I think it's more simple than that. Most people have the 16Gb version of the iPhone. To update you need about 2GB free on your phone and who has 2GB free on a 16Gb iPhone? Nobody! That's who!

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm pretty sure that at least 30% of those are waiting for jailbreak. Rest could be aware of bugs and not aware of this update at all. And there is iPhone 4.

45. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

excuses?

46. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You think 30% of iPhone owners jailbreak? I'd be surprised if it's even 3%.

39. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

People believe that their phones will slow down after installing the 8th. I think the 8.1 version will increase 8th's share when it is released.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Probably because users of iPhone 4s' and 5/5Cs realized that iOS 8 is slow and laggy on those devices. $@%# Apple and their planned obsolescence. They allow updates on devices they know can't smoothly run them, just so they can force iDiots to buy their latest crap.

35. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Exactly! Android OEMs have fixed that problem by just not updating most of their devices to the new versions at all. /s It is working fine on my 4S btw, about the same as iOS7. My battery has improved a bit even, which I assume is because it no longer jailbroken and doesn't have any tweaks running. Perfectly good to keep me going until my 6+ gets here.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Exactly! Android OEMs have fixed that problem by just not updating most of their devices to the new versions at all. /s" And which would you prefer......an update that basically breaks your phone down...or no update at all. Because for older iPhones they dont get the whole OS update anyway.

50. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'd rather have the update. As I said, my personal phone is a 4S and it is working fine still after being updated to iOS8. Having the update at least gives me the choice to update if I want to.

3. shinywindow unregistered

just like krapple's R&D dept!!

4. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Maybe they're waiting for iOS 8.2.4 to come out so all the bugs are fixed lol.

6. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Well, for me, I'm not updating to iOS 8 cause I do not want to lose jailbreak. The widgets under notification and third-party keyboards are nice, but the jailbreak features are much more important to me. As for the majority of the consumers? I'm not sure why they are not upgrading it. Maybe it might be that people had bad experiences when they first updated to iOS 7 (laggy, slow, crashes, etc...) They might be waiting until the iOS 8 is more refined

22. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

For the majority, I would guess nervousness; they've read about all the troubles users have had updating, and so they're postponing it until they're absolutely sure they're updating to a stable system...

37. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I too am keeping my jailnroken iPhone from updating to iOS 8 :)

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

iOS 8, Windows 8. Both low quality operating systems that need to be forced on users.

19. HildyJ

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

At least Microsoft still supports Windows 7, unlike Apple which can't be bothered with people who don't buy a new iPhone on command. The iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iOS 8 feel like rush jobs to meet a preset date.

25. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like Windows 8

36. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I do too, though 8.1 was a much needed update. being able to boot straight into desktop mode was needed.

51. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Most people don't. I find Windows 7 tolerable, but Windows 8 and 8.1 are terrible. It's not just Metro/Modern, but how many things work poorly in the OS. For instance, Windows 8 changed a variety of graphics units so many drivers don't work well or crash often. Painful as it may be, I decided to switch to Linux instead of Windows 10. Microsoft is on a road to nowhere.

52. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So you won't even try 10?

8. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I had ios 8 but I again downgraded it to ios 7 and got it jailbroken.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I know a lot of people who do not plan on installing iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S. They have finally learned that Apple will purposefully make the previous generation iPhones slower and force them to buy the latest iCrap...

12. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Yes they are clever. Better is not to upgrade it till reviews come

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yep. I personally know a few people with iPhone 4's that are still using iOS 6 because iOS 7 will slow them to a crawl. Sucks that they're still stuck with HSPA+ 14.4Mb/s though...

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The 4S is not the "previous generation" in any way.

20. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It is if you're on a 2 year contract.

24. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Unfortunately, they don't have a choice because eventually,a lot of apps will only work on ios 8, especially the ones made by apple.

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Apple deliberately cripples older devices to force you to upgrade? OR probably because iOS 8 is really a half-baked catastrophy?

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