iOS 15 adoption rate appears to be lagging behind past updates

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Apple's iOS 15 update is now installed on 72% of iPhone models from the last four years, lagging behind the adoption rate of iOS 14 at this point after release.

iOS 15 on an iPhone 13 Pro
iOS 15 on an iPhone 13 Pro


According to update adoption statistics posted to Apple's website, 26% of devices introduced since 2018 are running iOS 14, while 72% have iOS 15 installed and 2% are on an older version of iOS.

Across all devices, not just those released in the last four years, iOS 15 is installed on 63%, while 30% are running iOS 14 and 7% are running an older software update.

For Apple's iPad, iPadOS adoption is lower. The numbers indicate that 57% of iPads introduced in the last four years are running iPadOS 15, while 39% are running the previous version and 4% are running another iPad-specific update.

As far as all iPad models that Apple is tracking, 49% have iPadOS 15 installed, with 37% running iPadOS 14 and 14% running an earlier version.

The adoption rates are lower than Apple's previous iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. As of December 2020, iOS 14 was installed on 81% of compatible devices released in the four years prior. Before iOS 14, iOS 13 saw a 77% adoption rate at the same point after its release.

It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates. Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.

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  • Reply 1 of 44
     It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    dewmeexceptionhandlerbeowulfschmidt
  • Reply 2 of 44
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,343member
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    StrangeDaysllama
  • Reply 3 of 44
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,555member
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? That said I was on Big Sur until about a week ago. There was nothing compelling enough for me to spend days fixing things after they break as Apple deprecates random core bits of the OS.
    grandact73
  • Reply 4 of 44
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,343member
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? 
    No chance. If even anyone is holding out because of that, it’s an insignificant number of people.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 5 of 44
    Is anyone else here having issues with 15.2.1? I’ve been experiencing overheating and rapid battery drain on both my iPad and my iPhone since I updated. 
    edited January 13 williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 44
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    williamlondonITGUYINSD
  • Reply 7 of 44
    This probably has more to do with corporate adoption rates as well. It's a larger change and can take longer to verify through places like infosec with any apps they have.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 8 of 44
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    No. Anecdotes mean nothing.
    StrangeDayscaladanianllama
  • Reply 9 of 44
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,555member
    crowley said:
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? 
    No chance. If even anyone is holding out because of that, it’s an insignificant number of people.
    It was a big enough backlash that Apple actually changed tack, it's gotta be something pretty big for Apple to stop ignoring it.
    grandact73
  • Reply 10 of 44
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,555member
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    No. Anecdotes mean nothing.
    Nor do your posts. Doesn't matter what it is you'll attack anyone who has a remotely balanced opinion and claim Apple is always the saint.
    ITGUYINSDanantksundaram
  • Reply 11 of 44
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? That said I was on Big Sur until about a week ago. There was nothing compelling enough for me to spend days fixing things after they break as Apple deprecates random core bits of the OS.
    Why on earth would I be worried about CSAM fingerprint scanning for child rape images in iCloud Photos, even if they turned it on tomorrow? There is no reason to worry about this, since Apple already does it server-side on their iCloud servers, as do Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, etc.

    If I had child rape photos and didn’t want them to report them to police, I’d disable iCloud Photos. 

    I’m much more interested in the E2E encryption I’ll get when this eventually rolls out. That offers me value. Worrying about child rape porn? Not a concern.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 12 of 44
    elijahg said:
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    No. Anecdotes mean nothing.
    Nor do your posts. Doesn't matter what it is you'll attack anyone who has a remotely balanced opinion and claim Apple is always the saint.
    No he’s right, there is no data that says 1) iOS 15 is buggy, or 2) that normals aren’t upgrading because of it. Present your data if you have it. Anecdotes are meaningless. I’ve had zero issues, on a household of devices…so does my anecdote defeat your anecdote?

    Anyway you sound butthurt and hyper sensitive to Apple product fans on an…Apple site. Show us where on the doll Apple hurt you. 
    edited January 13 williamlondonllama
  • Reply 13 of 44
    Hey, always-wrong-elijahg, learn some fucking logic (https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com).
    ITGUYINSDStrangeDays
  • Reply 14 of 44
    crowley said:
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? 
    No chance. If even anyone is holding out because of that, it’s an insignificant number of people.
    You simpley don't have the data to substantiate  that…
    grandact73
  • Reply 15 of 44
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,343member
    elijahg said:
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    No. Anecdotes mean nothing.
    Nor do your posts. Doesn't matter what it is you'll attack anyone who has a remotely balanced opinion and claim Apple is always the saint.
    No he’s right, there is no data that says 1) iOS 15 is buggy, or 2) that normals aren’t upgrading because of it. Present your data if you have it. Anecdotes are meaningless. I’ve had zero issues, on a household of devices…so does my anecdote defeat your anecdote?

    Anyway you sound butthurt and hyper sensitive to Apple product fans on an…Apple site. Show us where on the doll Apple hurt you. 
    This is a message board, a place for conversation, not a place where every opinion and anecdote needs to be backed up by hard data.  No need to be so aggressive at someone sharing their view.

    I've found iOS 15 to be pretty much fine, but I have little doubt that others experiences may have varied.
    ITGUYINSDelijahggrandact73anantksundaram
  • Reply 16 of 44
    Apple shot themselves in the foot by trying to imbed a a Mass Surveillance code in all of their devices through their operating systems under the guise of CSAM Virtue!
    They lost integrity, they lost credibility and consumer faith in their supposed commitment to Privacy and their Mantra of ‘Privacy is Paramount’… A commitment most of Apple customers were willing to pay a premium for.. ( one stupid decision and all of that is out the window) 
    And to this day they have not officially backed off from implementing it… continuing with the damage rather coming out and openly admitting to the blunder and getting their Full PR force behind damage control! and hopefully damage repair!? 
    I for one, (and seems many as well) will not update until Apple openly and officially abandons their shameless attempt to install Mass Surveillance code in MY/OUR devices!
    williamlondonelijahgOctoMonkey
  • Reply 17 of 44
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,343member
    crowley said:
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? 
    No chance. If even anyone is holding out because of that, it’s an insignificant number of people.
    You simpley don't have the data to substantiate  that…
    Of course not, I don't claim to.  But I'm also not the one making a claim that lack of uptake is something to do with a CSAM detection system that hasn't been deployed. 

    The person making a claim is usually the one required to provide the proof, so take it up with the author.
  • Reply 18 of 44
    elijahg said:
    I had nothing but issues with iOS 15 since launch and when people asked I told them to wait. I’ve never told people to wait until iOS 15. This version has been the buggiest I can recall in years. People realized this, along with it being optional is probably why. 
    No. Anecdotes mean nothing.
    Nor do your posts. Doesn't matter what it is you'll attack anyone who has a remotely balanced opinion and claim Apple is always the saint.
    No he’s right, there is no data that says 1) iOS 15 is buggy, or 2) that normals aren’t upgrading because of it. Present your data if you have it. Anecdotes are meaningless. I’ve had zero issues, on a household of devices…so does my anecdote defeat your anecdote?

    Anyway you sound butthurt and hyper sensitive to Apple product fans on an…Apple site. Show us where on the doll Apple hurt you. 
    For data, how about Apple Support Community posts, or forum posts here or any Apple/Mac/iPhone forum?  

    The fact that you say you've had zero issues with a "household of devices" means either you don't use them, or it's a lie.  Even on a good day with a good OS, one or more of your devices will have an issue.  Nothing is perfect, so to say you've had zero issues can't not true.  My iPhone, Apple Watch, 5 Apple TV's, AirPod Pro's, a MacBook Pro M1 and a Mac Mini M1 -- none of them are "zero issues".  iPhone is riddled with issues along with issues on AW.


    elijahggrandact73
  • Reply 19 of 44
    Hey, always-wrong-elijahg, learn some fucking logic (https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com).
    Cool site.  Thanks.
    scstrrf
  • Reply 20 of 44
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,555member
    elijahg said:
    crowley said:
    “ It's likely that the reduced adoption rates are because of a change in Apple's update stance. The company is no longer forcing users to install the latest operating system version to gain important security updates.”

    99.9% off the reason.

    “Apple's set of iOS 15 features -- including the controversial-but-delayed CSAM detection system -- may also be playing a part.”

    0.1% of the reason.
    Agree.  Why would a feature that most people don't know or care about and that was pulled be paying a part?
    Because people don't trust that Apple isn't doing it anyway due to the entirely out-of-the-blue way they announced it? That said I was on Big Sur until about a week ago. There was nothing compelling enough for me to spend days fixing things after they break as Apple deprecates random core bits of the OS.
    Why on earth would I be worried about CSAM fingerprint scanning for child rape images in iCloud Photos, even if they turned it on tomorrow? There is no reason to worry about this, since Apple already does it server-side on their iCloud servers, as do Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, etc.

    If I had child rape photos and didn’t want them to report them to police, I’d disable iCloud Photos. 

    I’m much more interested in the E2E encryption I’ll get when this eventually rolls out. That offers me value. Worrying about child rape porn? Not a concern.
    As usual, you've missed the point. For a start people with that kind of abhorrent material (surely) wouldn't be using iCloud Photos anyway. But more to the point is the mere existence of such software makes it one hell of a lot easier for oppressive or otherwise governments & regimes to tell Apple to search for images of Winnie the Pooh for example. And if the code can already scan images in Photos, it can simply be pointed to a different directory and scan there instead, i.e. the root of the phone - so it'd scan everything. It's a lot harder for a government to surreptitiously force a company to create a whole system from scratch than it is to make them add a couple of extra hashes into an already existing system.

    What is the point in E2E encryption if it can be bypassed on the device by the manufacturer at the will of a government?
    grandact73
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