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.

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