Latest iOS 11 adoption number is solid but not quite as impressive as Apple had hoped

Latest iOS 11 adoption number is solid but not quite as impressive as Apple had hoped
iOS 11 is already a thing of the past for many beta testers unfazed by recent stability issues and... a few more bizarre glitches in the public preview program of the software platform’s twelfth major release.

But the vast majority of the world’s iPhone and iPad owners are still running the latest stable version of Apple’s lucrative mobile operating system, as proven by official App Store measurements made yesterday, September 3.

According to these newly published figures, a whopping 85 percent of “iDevices” are using iOS 11, with only 10 percent still on iOS 10, and a negligible 5 percent currently powered by “earlier” OS variants.

There’s obviously no comparing this dominant adoption rate with the latest distribution scores for Android Oreo over in Google’s deeply fragmented camp, but believe it or not, Apple has done even better in the past.

iOS 10 was at an 87 percent market share more than a year ago, while iOS 9 hit 84 percent adoption as early as April 2016, boosting that incredible number to 88 percent ahead of its successor’s general rollout in September.

Of course, iOS 11 made fairly sluggish progress (by Apple’s remarkable standards) ever since it was released, lagging behind its predecessor’s numbers last November and December, as well as this January.

Cupertino previously refreshed its App Store stats back in June, when iOS 11 was at 81 percent, adding a measly four percentage points in roughly three months. The last semi-major update was delivered around the same time, bringing AirPlay 2 support for multi-room HomePod speakers and Messages in iCloud.
Unfortunately, the iOS 11.4 release was not without bugs, which is pretty much what we can say about every single iOS 11 iteration. Hopefully, the stability-focused iOS 12 will manage to achieve its goal, which should help it spread its wings faster.



1. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm still running 11.3 because I don't know what could go wrong with my phone if I upgrade to 11.4.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 11 has been great at times, and horrible at times. I still have bugs and app crashes on my X, and 12.9 Pro. I think this is why Apple decided to skip adding a lotta features (which they never do anyway) to iOS 12, and focus in performance. iOS 11 is worse than the flock will admit...I'll admit it though, cause I dont flock.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Our comments got deleted!!

28. thedizzle

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

right? where did they go xD

29. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Probably in PA’s moderation dustbin. apple_rulz alt account also got banned

3. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think they do enough to make sure performance is top notch before pushing these updates out which probably explains why the adoption rate is lower than expected. Let this be a wake up call Apple. Fix your problems and issues with these updates.

5. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Been burned by the buggy updates so I wait a while now. Apple's slipping a bit on the OS quality control with each release.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Nothing wrong with waiting. All my apps are screaming to be updated....but they work fine so I don't bother.

22. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I've been using iOS 11 on my iPhone 8plus and iPad Air2 and I never had any problem. I can't remember any app crashing or something annoying. However, I used to have a little stutter on my 8 plus in the early days of iOS 11 which I thought wasn't nice to see on a phone with A11 processor. At the moment the stutter has gone and iOS is as smooth as iOS can get. Who ever comes here and crying how horrible iOS 11 is and tries to make an issue is a big time liar. Even on my 4 years old iPad Air 2, iOS 11 runs smoothly and fast but of course it can take a bit longer to open apps because the chip is old. Meanwhile I'm using iOS 12 on my old iPhone 5s and it's surprisingly smooth and feels faster than iOS 11 on 5s. iOS 12 seems to be very promising and I'm looking forward to trying it on on my other two devices.

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