iOS 12 hits 10 percent adoption after 48 hours, but that's really not as impressive as it sounds
Not only does this make the user experience noticeably faster, more responsive, and more “delightful”, just as advertised, delivering a significant speed boost for handsets as old as the iPhone 5s, but compared to iOS 11 a year ago, the public rollout earlier this week seems to have gone off without a hitch.
Unfortunately for Apple, the usual excitement around new iOS releases appears to be gradually declining. According to the latest Mixpanel report, a little over 10 percent of iOS devices are running the newest platform version, which is certainly not bad. Not a measly 48 hours after the stable iOS 12 debut.
Compared to Android Oreo distribution numbers a whole year after Google’s initial Pixel rollout, the 10.4 percent share may sound outright awe-inspiring. But that’s obviously not a fair comparison.
Instead, iOS 12 adoption rates should be stacked up against the dissemination tempo of previous OS builds, which is unlikely to put a smile on Tim Cook’s face. That’s because Mixpanel data showed the glitchy iOS 11 grab a 15.91 percent share two days after its proper release last year, while iOS 10 jumped to 14.82 percent in a single day, boosting that number to 20.20 percent after another 24 hours back in 2016.
That’s undoubtedly a worrying trend, but maybe iPhone and iPad users are simply waiting to see if iOS 12 is in fact all it’s cracked up to be in terms of both system speed and stability. We’ll be sure to revisit these stats in a while, unless Apple breaks with tradition to release official adoption figures early on in users’ updating process.