iOS 8 adoption cracks 80% mark in latest App Store data

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in iPhone edited June 2015
Adoption of iOS 8 among iPhone, iPad, and iPod owners is up to 81 percent of active devices, Apple said on Wednesday in the latest update of its App Store distribution data, measuring traffic from April 27.




By comparison, iOS 7 is down to 17 percent of devices, and use of iOS 6 and earlier has dropped to just 2 percent. The iOS 8 figures are up two percentage points from Apple's last distribution update two weeks ago.

Apple's current mobile operating system is likely doing well for several reasons. It is for instance broadly compatible, supporting devices as far back as 2011's iPhone 4S and iPad 2. iPhone sales meanwhile continue to surge, and have done particularly well in the past two quarters thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which launched alongside iOS 8 in September 2014.

In the company's most recent quarterly results call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that roughly 20 percent of active iPhone users have upgraded to the 6 or 6 Plus. Some 61.17 million iPhones were sold in the last quarter.

The iPad, however, declined 23 percent year-over-year to 12.6 million units. Analysts have suggested that some of this is owed to cannibalization by the new iPhones, which answered a long-running demand for models with larger screens. At 5.5 inches, the 6 Plus in particular has been described as serving many of the purposes of the iPad mini with the added benefits of a phone.

iOS 7 is likely holding on in part because of the iPhone 4, for which it's the most recent compatible software. Though it was released in the same year, the fourth-generation iPod touch is restricted to iOS 6.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,087member

    While I can respect the reasons some have for sticking with a certain iOS or OS X version (even thought I don’t agree or even sympathize with said reasons) it is still better for ALL users to be on the latest versions if for nothing else than security and compatibility. In my opinion Apple is doing the right thing by pushing hard for upgrades and updates, especially because they are free now. It’s a good thing that iOS 8 is now at 80% uptake and I don’t buy the “planned obsolescence” garbage argument.

  • Reply 2 of 11
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

    While I can respect the reasons some have for sticking with a certain iOS or OS X version (even thought I don’t agree or even sympathize with said reasons) it is still better for ALL users to be on the latest versions if for nothing else than security and compatibility. In my opinion Apple is doing the right thing by pushing hard for upgrades and updates, especially because they are free now. It’s a good thing that iOS 8 is now at 80% uptake and I don’t buy the “planned obsolescence” garbage argument.




    Well, some cases we don't have hardware that can handle it, or there's a stupid issue holding us back.

  • Reply 3 of 11
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,886member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

    While I can respect the reasons some have for sticking with a certain iOS or OS X version (even thought I don’t agree or even sympathize with said reasons) it is still better for ALL users to be on the latest versions if for nothing else than security and compatibility. In my opinion Apple is doing the right thing by pushing hard for upgrades and updates, especially because they are free now. It’s a good thing that iOS 8 is now at 80% uptake and I don’t buy the “planned obsolescence” garbage argument.


    I recommend that nobody with an iPad2 upgrade past iOS6. I updated mine and look over with envy as my wife zips along on hers running the last version of iOS6.

  • Reply 4 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,087member

    These are exactly the responses I expected to see. Fine, do whatever you like but don’t go trashing iOS 8 or Yosemite because of your personal biases. They are fantastic improvements over previous operating systems.

  • Reply 5 of 11
    fred1fred1 Posts: 319member
    If the hardware is capable of using the latest version of iOS for 3 1/2 years (like the 4S) then at this rate I'll "have to" upgrade my iPhone 5 by . . . let's see, 2012 + 3 1/2 years = some time in 2016. The 5 was introduced in 2012, right? (I got it in the middle of 2013). Not that I have to, but it's a great reason to do so.
    Am I right?
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

    These are exactly the responses I expected to see. Fine, do whatever you like but don’t go trashing iOS 8 or Yosemite because of your personal biases. They are fantastic improvements over previous operating systems.




    I didn't go trashing them lol. I'd love to run Yosemite...or Mavericks...or Mountain Lion even. Just can't.

     

    I do run iOS 8.3, which I'm more than happy with.

  • Reply 7 of 11
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,151member

    I didn't go trashing them lol. I'd love to run Yosemite...or Mavericks...or Mountain Lion even. Just can't.

    I do run iOS 8.3, which I'm more than happy with.

    If you can't even run mountain lion, sorry, but you have ancient hardware and should not complain about not being able to run the latest software. Apple has pretty good support as far as OSX goes, but you can't expect them to have infinite backwards compatibility.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    81%. This is because my step-daughter got caught smoking weed. Her mom took away her iPhone which gave me the chance to upgrade it to iOS 8. What's with kids these days not updating their OSs.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    These stats confuse me. So does that mean that there are millions and millions of iPhones and iPod Touch units in landfills now? If older devices still work, wouldn't you expect them to still be 'active devices'? Or do all of the previous devices not capable of running iOS 8 equate to 20% of all iOS devices ever made?
  • Reply 10 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,219moderator
    These stats confuse me. So does that mean that there are millions and millions of iPhones and iPod Touch units in landfills now? If older devices still work, wouldn't you expect them to still be 'active devices'? Or do all of the previous devices not capable of running iOS 8 equate to 20% of all iOS devices ever made?

    iOS 8 supports everything beyond an iPhone 4S and iPad 2, both from 2011. If you look at the following graphs, you can see the vast majority of units shipped come after this:

    http://www.statista.com/statistics/263401/global-apple-iphone-sales-since-3rd-quarter-2007/
    http://www.statista.com/statistics/269915/global-apple-ipad-sales-since-q3-2010/

    It's about 600m:100m (supported:unsupported) for iPhone and 250m:20m for iPad or 850m:120m overall. The total should be over 1b as they shipped the billionth device in January but the ratio is well over 80% supported for iOS 8.
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