iOS 15 picking up fewer upgraders two days after launch than iOS 14 did

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Adoption of Apple's new iOS 15 appears to be slower than the previous iOS 14, with 8.5% of users having downloaded the update two days after its launch.

Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider
Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider


The new data, which was released by Mixpanel, indicates that 8.5% of iPhone users have installed iOS 15 on their devices as of Wednesday, Sept. 22.

That appears to be about half the speed as iOS 14's adoption two days after its launch. By day two of the iOS 14 initial availability, 14.5% of users had downloaded the iOS 14 update. As of writing, iOS 14 has an 85.92% share of the iPhone installed base, with 5.53% of users running an older software version.

When Apple announced iOS 15, it said that it wouldn't force users to download the update and would continue to provide critical security updates for iOS 14. Apple released iOS 14.8 and a batch of other software updates on Sept. 13.

Apple released iOS 15 on Monday, Sept. 20. The update packs new features like Live Text, Private Relay, Safari updates, Notes improvements, and more.

The company is also already working on iOS 15.1, which is currently on its first beta version. That software update is set to feature verifiable Covid-19 vaccination card support in Apple Wallet.

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  • Reply 1 of 25
    It has a lot to do with the way the update now appears in System Preferences. Feels optional. Also, many people are a little nervous about fresh releases due to some of the bugs we’ve seen in past updates. I’m waiting for 15.0.1. Normally I’d be a day one upgrader. 
    edited September 22 flyingdpllamadewmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 25
    skipdeedy said:
    It has a lot to do with the way the update now appears in System Preferences. Feels optional. Also, many people are a little nervous about fresh releases due to some of the bugs we’ve seen in past updates. I’m waiting for 15.0.1. Normally I’d be a day one upgrader. 
    I was wondering if it was the day of the week - many people might not want to/have time to backup and upgrade on a Monday. iOS 14 was released on a Wednesday. Two days later, end of the work week - time to upgrade!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 25
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,802member
    mknelson said:
    skipdeedy said:
    It has a lot to do with the way the update now appears in System Preferences. Feels optional. Also, many people are a little nervous about fresh releases due to some of the bugs we’ve seen in past updates. I’m waiting for 15.0.1. Normally I’d be a day one upgrader. 
    I was wondering if it was the day of the week - many people might not want to/have time to backup and upgrade on a Monday. iOS 14 was released on a Wednesday. Two days later, end of the work week - time to upgrade!
    Yep. Two days is a horrible metric for just about anything. So many variables in those two days a year apart.
    Maybe two weeks, certainly a month would provide useful data, not just noise.

    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 25
    I upgraded both my iPad Pros (9.7” A9X and 12.9” M1) and my iPhone Xs Max launch day morning with no problems. All went smooth, fast and easy.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 25
    Have it installed, but frankly can’t really tell the difference from the previous version. Some subtle differences but what’s the big wow feature that I seen to be missing?

    Some weird bugs though, especially with the camera flip button not always working in FaceTime if you answer a call on a locked iPhone. 
  • Reply 6 of 25
    When a mostly unknown company —Maxpanel is neither the NYT nor the WSJ— wants to ‘be noticed’ just release a ‘Apple is doomed’ unsubstantial report… and, sorely, all bloggers and news sites follow that.

    Remember: Tim Cook always says to shareholders: Apple is for the long run.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 25
    bbhbbh Posts: 122member
    I wonder how many people (not me, BTW...) are holding off because they still have some lingering doubt about CSAM ?
    muthuk_vanalingamelijahgbaconstang
  • Reply 8 of 25
    I normally wait 1-2 months before upgrading, but I’m in the camp that will be staying on iOS 14 until I hear more about Apple plans on doing with on device CSAM detection.
    elijahgbonobobbaconstang
  • Reply 9 of 25
    bbh said:
    I wonder how many people (not me, BTW...) are holding off because they still have some lingering doubt about CSAM ?
    I’ve no idea what the slowness is attributed to.  I’d wager most “normal” people are not worried about on device CSAM detection, so I’d guess most will eventually upgrade.
  • Reply 10 of 25
    bbh said:
    I wonder how many people (not me, BTW...) are holding off because they still have some lingering doubt about CSAM ?
    Few probably, but that means no updates for you ever most likely, not even security updates for your device(s). The CSAM feature was ready for iOS 14 so probably would be easy to fold into a security update for older versions of iOS. Simply easier to turn off iCloud photos and stay protected with all OS updates or switch to one of the other CSAM detecting products on the market "to show Apple!"
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 25
    skipdeedy said:
    It has a lot to do with the way the update now appears in System Preferences. Feels optional. 
    Definitely this.  I went in specifically to update some iPads and accidentally clicked the update to 14.8 instead of the iOS 15 banner at the bottom.  
    muthuk_vanalingamdewmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 25
    Must be a slow day to bring this up, so soon. The way the update is posted is slightly different than usual. 14.8, was released, only a few days before 15…. Look back after the weekend or two weeks from now.  
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 25
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,627member
    I upgraded both my iPad Pros (9.7” A9X and 12.9” M1) and my iPhone Xs Max launch day morning with no problems. All went smooth, fast and easy.
    Well, that’s the experience of 99.9% of users but it only takes two or three Reddit posts for AppleInsider to publish a report that claims there are massive problems with the update.
    edited September 22 williamlondondewmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 25
    bbh said:
    I wonder how many people (not me, BTW...) are holding off because they still have some lingering doubt about CSAM ?
    I’ve no idea what the slowness is attributed to.  I’d wager most “normal” people are not worried about on device CSAM detection, so I’d guess most will eventually upgrade.
    I'm worried about CSAM, not because it can detect child porn, but because it can detect anything a government requires it to detect.  This is a classic slippery slope.
    baconstang
  • Reply 15 of 25
    neilmneilm Posts: 917member
    "'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!"

    For "
    parrot", substitute "CSAM".
    mbenz1962
  • Reply 16 of 25
    Anyone surprised after their blatant Privacy Fiasco with the backdoor disguised as Virtue BS . 
    They damaged their integrity and commitment to privacy mantra with that stupid move… ( which is up in limbo land right now ) and lost many people’s trust. 
    They have to come out and apologize for the blunder and use every once of their PR to repair the damage….
    At the moment they are going the path of “ ignore it it will go away “. It wont Apple… u need to be Vocal about the blunder and reassure your customers Apple !!!
    williamlondonbaconstang
  • Reply 17 of 25
    Once my iPhone 13 Pro Max arrives and I need a full backup to restore from I’ll do the upgrade for compatibility. Maybe by then they’ll have dropped the .01 fix. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 25
    Anyone surprised after their blatant Privacy Fiasco with the backdoor disguised as Virtue BS . 
    They damaged their integrity and commitment to privacy mantra with that stupid move… ( which is up in limbo land right now ) and lost many people’s trust. 
    They have to come out and apologize for the blunder and use every once of their PR to repair the damage….
    At the moment they are going the path of “ ignore it it will go away “. It wont Apple… u need to be Vocal about the blunder and reassure your customers Apple !!!
    Nonsensical scheit.
    Fidonet127watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 25
    I'll be waiting, as usual, until the X.2 update has been released.
    MplsPwatto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 25
    bonobob said:
    bbh said:
    I wonder how many people (not me, BTW...) are holding off because they still have some lingering doubt about CSAM ?
    I’ve no idea what the slowness is attributed to.  I’d wager most “normal” people are not worried about on device CSAM detection, so I’d guess most will eventually upgrade.
    I'm worried about CSAM, not because it can detect child porn, but because it can detect anything a government requires it to detect.  This is a classic slippery slope.
    I’m with you: just see many of my previous comments on the matter.  I just think I’m in the minority.  I have no evidence to back that up; I know there are many on our side, but also many on the “don’t care, non issue” side.  Trouble is, I have no idea about how many care enough about this issue to not upgrade.  I have only anecdotal evidence, small sample size, and my gut feeling about the issue, which is essentially no evidence at all for the slow adoption rate.
    muthuk_vanalingam
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