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Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 hits 90% ahead of next-gen iOS 8 release

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After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.


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In an update to its developer webpage, Apple revealed 90 percent of devices visiting the iOS App Store over the seven-day period ending on July 13 were running a version of the latest iOS 7 mobile operating system.

The figures compare positively to results from April, with the uptick from 87 percent representing gains of about one percent per month.

The boost in iOS 7 adoption came at the expense of devices running Apple's last-generation iOS 6, the share of which dropped from 11 percent to 9 percent. As with April's results, iOS versions equal to or older than iOS 5 accounted for two percent of total devices in use.

While iOS 7's adoption rate has slowed since December, which saw 78 percent of active iPhones, iPads and iPods using the "flattened" OS, any growth is impressive considering the company is scheduled to release the next-generation iOS 8 this fall.

The updated OS comes with a number of improvements as well as new additions like smart home support via HomeKit, fitness framework HealthKit and integrated Health app, open APIs, app extensions and continuity features that support high-level interaction with Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Apple is expected to debut iOS 8 alongside a redesigned iPhone lineup sometime in September with bigger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factor handsets. According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the larger 5.5-inch version may not be ready to launch with the 4.7-inch variant due to complications with in-cell touch panels and the smartphones' metal casing.
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New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?
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New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?

It's a wee bit late for MS to be wondering about that, thanks mainly to Mr. Ballmer!

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I feel the same way!
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I'm a bit confused at the pie chart. Is it incorrectly displaying 101% total or just me?
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Says some analyst regarding 5.5" iPhone. We'll wait and see.
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Now fix iOS 7.1.2. It's buggy as all get out. Not just me that's noticed either.
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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?
Wouldn't be the way they update and price would it(or the fact Xperia is preferred over 8).

As android is can someone name 10 devices that even support kitkat, or 10% of users? I like the idea that with android L users haft to wait 1-3 year after announcement of android L(or lollipop of what users will already call it) and buy a new device to use it.
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1) Are there still any concern trolls left saying they (and everyone they know) is refusing to update to iOS 7?

2) I'd wager that remaining ≈10% is from almost entirely from perfectly, but older devices that aren't able to be upgraded the 7th generation of iOS.

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New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?

That's a different beast altogether so I don't think their adoption rates can be really be measured the same way just as MS' Windows OS sales can't be measured against Mac HW sales.

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Great! Yep, looks like the overwhelming majority have embraced the "modern" Jony Ives design.

Unlike some of the "wet newspapers" (posters) who populate Ai! 1smile.gif

As advanced as iOS6 was, (and it was wonderful) it looks like windows XP now compared to iOS7! 1smile.gif

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As advanced as iOS6 was, (and it was wonderful) it looks like windows XP now compared to iOS7! 1smile.gif

It didn't take long after moving to iOS 7 that iOS 6 looked archaic in comparison. It was definitely long overdue and despite MS' completely failure in making WinMo a viable option before Android was able to settle in they did do some great things, like moving to a cleaner UI once high-res displays were commonplace.

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Meanwhile in Googleland – KitKat can't even hit 11% penetration...

 

While Android fans may think it's funny that Apple fans mock them on this number, it's not a superiority complex... it's a very real problem for developers. Why would I build the next best, cutting edge app if only 5-10% of the population can run it? Economically that doesn't make sense. Developers are then forced to code for the lowest common denominator which means less elegant code, more time testing and less time making cool stuff. This is precisely why many devs choose iOS first and then back into Android.

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It didn't take long after moving to iOS 7 that iOS 6 looked archaic in comparison. It was definitely long overdue and despite MS' completely failure in making WinMo a viable option before Android was able to settle in they did do some great things, like moving to a cleaner UI once high-res displays were commonplace.

Yep, Solip, (I know u know this) Ives' rational was at the inception of the "touch" interface, the goal was to make the buttons look like tactile buttons, gloss, 3D, shadow, etc. But with mass adoption of iOS it was no longer necessary to "bring everyone along" as it were.

Anyway, best regards, bro! 1smile.gif

P.S. I may have that apostrophe wrong. I just put them anywhere I feel like! 1smile.gif
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Every time iOS receives a facelift, there are the rabid posters who claim they are going to buy Dells and Androids and burn their Apple gear. Why? Because of such extreme changes as an OS font change. Or...messages has a new Send button. It's crazy. Then I read that 90%+ are converted less than a year later. Obviously these haters don't actually do what they say they are going to do and probably secretly adapt and love the new changes.......

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As android is can someone name 10 devices that even support kitkat, or 10% of users?

http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

 

KitKat is a .x release. If you look at version 4.x or higher, the adoption rate is pretty high at just over 85%.

 

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http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

KitKat is a .x release. If you look at version 4.x or higher, the adoption rate is pretty high at just over 85%.

-kpluck

The version numbers for Android are, unsurprisingly, less organized and structured as they are with iOS. Each new set of APIs is where the demarcation point should be, not the primary version number as Google doesn't seem to want to step their OS in a more reasonable fashion.

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The very first release of OS 7 was noticeably slower and not as smooth as OS 6, but that issue was rectified, and I like OS 7, though I am course looking forward to iOS 8.

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Look at this damn mess. How many percent are on the latest 4.2, I can't make it out exactly from this chart, but it looks like 4 or 5 percent. How ridiculous.

 

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The fact that it is free and easy to get might have some role in high adoption rates.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

1) Are there still any concern trolls left saying they (and everyone they know) is refusing to update to iOS 7?

2) I'd wager that remaining ≈10% is from almost entirely from perfectly, but older devices that aren't able to be upgraded the 7th generation of iOS.

I'm happy with iOS 6 on my iPhone 5. Works great, just like the day I got it.

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I'm happy with iOS 6 on my iPhone 5. Works great, just like the day I got it.

Really? You're so against the look of iOS 7 that you're foregoing all the new features that came with it?

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Really? You're so against the look of iOS 7 that you're foregoing all the new features that came with it?

The look isn't really all that different. It took me a couple of days to get used to it, and the new features are definitely worth it. The holdouts are a tiny minority, and soon they'll be even further left behind, when iOS 8 comes out.

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Look at this damn mess. How many percent are on the latest 4.2, I can't make it out exactly from this chart, but it looks like 4 or 5 percent. How ridiculous.



This chart is at least one year old, because 2.x dropped to 15% and the latest release is KitKat 4.4.4 (see https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/ ).

However, all the 4.x are quite similar because all the system apps (email, camera, gallery, browser, search, messaging, ...) are regularly update through the store, just like a normal app. Even from a developer point of view, all the 4.x are considered a group (minSDK=14 is the dev setting), so a fair comparison would be to group all the 4.x percentage.
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http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

KitKat is a .x release. If you look at version 4.x or higher, the adoption rate is pretty high at just over 85%.

That's true... but each .x release adds a bunch of APIs that the previous releases don't have.

Android 4.0 had a certain number of APIs and features... 4.1 added more... 4.2 added even more... and so on for 4.3... 4.4... etc.

You're right... 4.0-4.4 is on 85% of Android devices. But if there was some amazing new feature introduced specifically in 4.4... only 18% can use it.

Google announced 5,000 new or updated APIs in Android L. So you're gonna need Android L to take advantage of those 5,000 APIs.

And if it takes 2 years for a decent amount of consumers to have Android L.... developers are less likely to use those 5,000 APIs in their apps.

It might take until Android M or N before it's worth it to focus on the new features in Android L
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As always Apple figures are off chart again, 101%!
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

1) Are there still any concern trolls left saying they (and everyone they know) is refusing to update to iOS 7?

2) I'd wager that remaining ≈10% is from almost entirely from perfectly, but older devices that aren't able to be upgraded the 7th generation of iOS.
That's a different beast altogether so I don't think their adoption rates can be really be measured the same way just as MS' Windows OS sales can't be measured against Mac HW sales.

 

Hi, I am probably one of those trolls that do not hail iOS7. Things under hood are great and iOS8 is fantastic but interface is horrid for me. And what it did with iPhone 4 is disaster. Waiting and waiting so many times to move on. Hope iOS 8 on 4s wont be that same experience.

I saw how people unfamiliar with iOS were not able to unlock iOS 7 screen something unthinkable on iOS 6. Several GUI tweaks and updates of iOS 7 speak for itself.

And not sure it is just iOS 7 problem, but I had to restore iPhone several times because iOS 7 can not simply restart iPhone that is filled up. It just fall in rebooting cycle. It is far from perfection.

 

As of statistic. If it should be really showing user preferences and usage patterns there have to be ability to easily switch back to iOS 6 and if it would show separately hw that support it and old hw that do not.

 

And last, I think Apple crippled platform by using half the needed RAM on iPhones from 3G and up 5 and small batteries that could not feed more RAM. Look ant pools what people want most. Better battery life and often more RAM to data of background apps were kept when you swith back to them and not reloaded.

 

I lost several unfinished emails triggered from other apps just because I moved from that app to other and back.

 

And you may not be surprised I am sitting in work in front of Dell C2D PC that cost me 200 USD with LCD and PC table  few years back running XP do everything I need. I would like to have mac here but it is not reasonable nor cost effective.

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Really? You're so against the look of iOS 7 that you're foregoing all the new features that came with it?

 

iPhone 4s & iPad 4G 128GB and happy being on iOS6 with both devices... that dip in iOS6 install base could be easily just shrinking overall share of iOS6 to total base as new devices come only with iOS7. In absolute figures iOS6 users didn't have any reason to move, no new features were added in iOS7, just bug and performance fixes. I'd be surprised if someone bothered to normalise those figures before releasing them - my guess is they didn't.

 

That being said, I'm waiting for iOS8 to arrive and then maybe jump ship, mostly due to Continuity, would love Airdrop too, but that won't work on iPhone 4s... but I despise flat UI from the bottom of my heart, I always liked Aqua-like interfaces. I agree that Forstall pushed the leather design too far, but I love the glass icon look and easy to spot buttons in apps.

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One key reason is that the updates are free.

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New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?


One key reason is that the updates are free.

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Originally Posted by Torrid Foster View Post
This is excellent. I was just starting to feel bad about myself again because I'm such a loser, but then this comes out and as a iPhone owner, I can feel superior for another night! Its going to be okay, I'm better than those Android people and their different versions! Yeah!

 

Yeah, you don’t comprehend anything here.

 

Originally Posted by kent909 View Post
The fact that it is free and easy to get might have some role in high adoption rates.

 

Same for Android. Any other ideas?

 

Originally Posted by Riss View Post
...that dip in iOS6 install base could be easily just shrinking overall share of iOS6 to total base as new devices come only with iOS7. 

 

Could be, but isn’t, because that’s complete nonsense.

 
In absolute figures iOS6 users didn't have any reason to move, no new features were added in iOS7, just bug and performance fixes.

 

Keep your disgusting, pathetic lies to yourself.

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New versions OS X adoption is pretty phenomenal too. I can just imagine the folks at Microsoft looking at the numbers for Windows XP users and banging their beds on the desk and asking, how does Apple do this?

The obvious has been stated numerous times in this thread, but yeah, it is because major OS X updates are free. Microsoft has not figured out yet that consumers do not expect to pay $120-200 for upgrading their operating system anymore.

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This is excellent. I was just starting to feel bad about myself again because I'm such a loser.

Well you can feel much better for yourself and not be a loser by doing something more constructive than trolling Internet forums.
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In absolute figures iOS6 users didn't have any reason to move, no new features were added in iOS7, just bug and performance fixes.

No new features in OS 7?
Gosh you are ignorant of what iOS7 is about!
I'd say iOS 7 is worth upgrading to for the Control Centre and new Safari alone!

Here's the link about iOS7 so that you can clue up!
https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/features/
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Originally Posted by Riss View Post
another internet troll...

 

Yep, you certainly act like one. PEOPLE DON’T STAY ON IOS 6 BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

 

If you had any substantiation for your claims, you would have posted it. I am calling out your lack of substantiation. Get over it or post it.

 

I’d love to see you prove that iOS 7 had no new features. That’s a riot, kid.

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No new features in OS 7?
Gosh you are ignorant of what iOS7 is about!
I'd say iOS 7 is worth upgrading to for the Control Centre and new Safari alone!

Here's the link about iOS7 so that you can clue up!
https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/features/

 

Continuity is new, Airdrop that actually works between Mac and iOS device is new.... but I'm happy with what I have. Why is it so difficult to comprehend that there are people who choose not to upgrade??

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Originally Posted by mx14 View Post
Kind of interesting that there is never any surveys that show how unhappy people are that have upgraded to iOS 7, don't you think?

 

Because it’s 96% satisfaction. Kind of interesting that no other OS even comes close, don’t you think?

 
Most people I talk to are not happy with iOS 7 and regret ever upgrading to it.

 

Thanks for the anecdote; it’s meaningless.

 
I feel that I was basically forced into upgrading.

 

You feel incorrectly.

 
Why should I be forced to upgrade to something I don't want and didn't pay for.

 

You weren’t. Shut up and go away. 

 
 iOS 7 It's very buggy and slower in, out and navigating around applications.

 

Wrong.

 
Currently on iOS 7.1 .2 and still the bugs have not been worked out. SMH.

 

So... WHAT bugs?

 
Being an Apple fanboy for 17 years now...

 

Yes, shut up and go away.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
 

 

Yep, you certainly act like one. PEOPLE DON’T STAY ON IOS 6 BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

 

If you had any substantiation for your claims, you would have posted it. I am calling out your lack of substantiation. Get over it or post it.

 

I’d love to see you prove that iOS 7 had no new features. That’s a riot, kid.

 

I did choose not to upgrade. You can argue yourself to death but I didn't see anything in iOS7 that would add functionality to what I use my devices for.

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Originally Posted by Riss View Post
I did choose not to upgrade.

 

So enjoy not being able to get new software.

 
 You can argue yourself to death but I didn't see anything in iOS7 that would add functionality to what I use my devices for. 

 

Good for you. That’s a completely different argument than you made before.

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After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.


Source: Apple


In an update to its developer webpage, Apple revealed 90 percent of devices visiting the iOS App Store over the seven-day period ending on July 13 were running a version of the latest iOS 7 mobile operating system.

The figures compare positively to results from April, with the uptick from 87 percent representing gains of about one percent per month.

The boost in iOS 7 adoption came at the expense of devices running Apple's last-generation iOS 6, the share of which dropped from 11 percent to 9 percent. As with April's results, iOS versions equal to or older than iOS 5 accounted for two percent of total devices in use.

While iOS 7's adoption rate has slowed since December, which saw 78 percent of active iPhones, iPads and iPods using the "flattened" OS, any growth is impressive considering the company is scheduled to release the next-generation iOS 8 this fall.

The updated OS comes with a number of improvements as well as new additions like smart home support via HomeKit, fitness framework HealthKit and integrated Health app, open APIs, app extensions and continuity features that support high-level interaction with Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Apple is expected to debut iOS 8 alongside a redesigned iPhone lineup sometime in September with bigger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factor handsets. According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the larger 5.5-inch version may not be ready to launch with the 4.7-inch variant due to complications with in-cell touch panels and the smartphones' metal casing.

Kind of interesting that there is never any surveys that show how unhappy people are that have upgraded to iOS 7, don't you think?
I actually just upgraded two of my mobile devices from iOS 6 to iOS 7 because some of the features in iOS 6 had been removed like FaceTime being one of them.
Most people I talk to are not happy with iOS 7 and regret ever upgrading to it.
I feel that I was basically forced into upgrading. I purchased my devices with iOS 6 on them. iOS 6 was optimized for those devices. IOS 7 isn't. Why should I be forced to upgrade to something I don't want and didn't pay for.
iOS 7 It's very buggy and slower in, out and navigating around applications. I personally don't care about graphics. I just want it to work quickly and smoothly. iOS 7 is a step backwards in my eyes. I work outside in the sun and having these bright fluorescent or pastel colors makes it very difficult to see especially on a white background, not to mention everything seems a little bit thinner and smaller.
I'm tired of being a guinea pig for Apple and that's why I am not an early adopter anymore. Currently on iOS 7.1 .2 and still the bugs have not been worked out. SMH.
Being an Apple fanboy for 17 years now, working on OS 8 OS 9 and now OS X, it seems that as Apple is growing in size and popularity the quality is not.
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Continuity is new, Airdrop that actually works between Mac and iOS device is new.... but I'm happy with what I have. Why is it for you twats so difficult to comprehend that there are people who choose not to upgrade??

You get your facts wrong and then call me a twat; maybe the truth hurts and you're lashing out at someone who has publicly shown you to be wrong.

Yes, people are entitled to do what they want with their devices provided it doesn't harm others.

Some people buy iPhones just to smash them up with a hammer or put them in a blender.

Others choose not to upgrade, I'm fine and can live with all that.

The fact is though, iOS 7 introduced some new features and capabilities, it wasn't just a bug and performance fix.

Users have felt iOS 7 to be compelling enough to put on 90% of iOS devices.

There's nothing wrong with being in the minority; you do miss out on the new features and capabilities.
If you're happy with that then you're happy, nobody can take that away from you.

There are aspects of iOS7 I don't like but on balance for me the benefits far outweigh the grumbles.

Nothing is perfect in life.
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