iOS 12 adoption outpacing iOS 11 roughly two weeks after launch

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in iOS edited October 4
Unofficial analytics data indicates that iPhone and iPad owners are installing iOS 12 faster than they did iOS 11, though usage is still neck-and-neck about two weeks after iOS 12's launch.

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As of this writing, iOS 12 is installed on 46.95 percent of devices, according to Mixpanel tracking. About 46.15 percent of people are on iOS 11, while 6.9 percent are still using iOS 10 or earlier, presumably because their devices can't be upgraded.

In the same timespan last year, 15 days following release, iOS 11 adoption was estimated at 43.99 percent compared to iOS 10's 48.89 percent, according to Mixpanel's iOS 11 tracker. Neither of the recent launch figures compare to 2016's iOS 10 launch however, which managed a 46.67 percent adoption rate over an identical stretch.

Apple has yet to announce official iOS 12 data.

Rapid adoption is presumably being driven by iOS 12's focus on maintenance and improving performance for older hardware. Most compatible devices should actually run faster in tasks like loading apps, or accessing the camera and keyboard -- a change from past iterations, which have typically created slowdowns whether small or huge.

There are a number of new features in iOS 12, such as Screen Time, Siri shortcuts, grouped notifications, and support for ARKit 2.0.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,557member
    IOS 12 upgrade was justified especially on older iPhones. What I don't like is Apple making(forcing?) to upgrade new IOS release and if you don't like than won't allow to revert back to what you had. So, when Apple says such as such IOS is adopted by high % than it is because that RED mark on settings and pop-up forcing you to upgrade.
    zhtway
  • Reply 2 of 10
    zhtwayzhtway Posts: 17member
    Adoption is high because it is automatically updated on most of the devices. There is no opt-out features on iOS 11. We tried disabling auto download App in iTunes and App Store but it didn’t work. But in 12, you can disable auto update. I don’t know it will be disabled for goods.
    edited October 4
  • Reply 3 of 10
    asciiascii Posts: 5,843member
    I noticed the speed improvement right away, iOS 12 is awesome.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 10
    ivanhivanh Posts: 208member
    What iOS 12 upgrade articles haven’t mentioned is that some native iOS apps data will not synced via iCloud to your Macs if their macOS versions are older than macOS Mojave. So, you have a choice to install the buggy macOS 10.14 with iCloud syncing or wait 10.14.1 without proper iCloud syncing.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 198member
    I waited until a day ago: of course it wasn’t automatic, and with iTunes for backup (just in case) the process was seamless and reasonably fast. 

    Most the major apps I use have updated (also not on auto) so I’ve not noticed any glitches with my iPhone X. 
    edited October 4 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 10

    ...
    As of this writing, iOS 12 is installed on 46.95 percent of devices, according to Mixpanel tracking...
    ...
    Neither of the recent launch figures compare to 2016's iOS 10 launch however, which managed a 46.67 percent adoption rate over an identical stretch...
    Hmmm...
    edited October 4 tycho_macuserireland
  • Reply 7 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,418member
    I think Apple should focus a decent amount of resources every year for each major macOS and iOS release, when it comes to performance, optimisation—how well the releases run on older systems and bug fixing. They should really rebuild the home screens to fix the whole host of bugs present currently. The home screen arrangement experience has many bugs and needs much work.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,418member

    ...
    As of this writing, iOS 12 is installed on 46.95 percent of devices, according to Mixpanel tracking...
    ...
    Neither of the recent launch figures compare to 2016's iOS 10 launch however, which managed a 46.67 percent adoption rate over an identical stretch...
    Hmmm...
    I know, right?
  • Reply 9 of 10
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,754member
    wood1208 said:
    IOS 12 upgrade was justified especially on older iPhones. What I don't like is Apple making(forcing?) to upgrade new IOS release and if you don't like than won't allow to revert back to what you had. So, when Apple says such as such IOS is adopted by high % than it is because that RED mark on settings and pop-up forcing you to upgrade.
    They don't allow to revert because that would be a gaping security hole. You just could revert to a buggy version with security holes and run exploits to get in.

    You're not "forced" , I've happily had some devices not update for years; it's not that much of a bother.

    Anyway, besides IOS 11, it's generally not worth it to wait a long time to update. Only the early versions should be skipped on older devices. That was true for all versions prior to 11. I got 9.3.5 on the Ipad 2 and its OK but I waited a while back then to get it to that version.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 10
    How is it running on iPhone 6 pluses? Getting a new X soon and might just hold off. Is it better when selling to have it on iOS 11 and let new buyer decide?
    watto_cobra
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