Apple's iOS 7.1 adoption hits 12% in 48 hours

Nearly 12 percent of iOS customers had upgraded to iOS 7.1 within 48-hours of its release, the latest data shows.

Apple's iOS 7.1 adoption hits 12% in 48 hours

'Rousing success'

Onswipe has published its data relating to iOS 7.1 growth across the last two days. These figures tell us that the new OS was installed on 11.978 percent of iOS devices accessing the Web as of 8am on March 12.

"Less than 48 hours after its launch, iOS 7.1 is a rousing success. Users have been frustrated with the slowness and bugs of iOS 7 since its launch last year. Below is research from Onswipe’s platform about how fast users are upgrading. As of publishing, close to 12 percent of iOS users are already on 7.1," wrote Onswipe's Jason L. Baptiste.

Of course, Onswipe's data follows on from similar information from Chitika last night. That company claimed 5.9 percent of North American iOS customers installed the latest iOS patch within 24-hours of release.

These figures compare well with Android activity levels. As recently as March 4, Google reported that its latest KitKat operating system has only a 2.5 percent adoption rate. Fragmentation within Apple's biggest OS competitor is visible:

  • 62 percent of Android users are using Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3, which began to hit devices from July 2012 and was last updated in July 2013)
  • 15.2 percent use Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4, versions began shipping October 2011)
  • 19.0 percent are stuck with Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7, first began appearing December 2010)
  • 1.2 percent unfortunately still have Froyo (2.2, shipped May 2010)

The inference here is that while around 12 percent of iOS device owners already run the latest version of the OS, an insignificant 2.5 percent of Android device owners can claim to be fully up-to-date. Most Android devices run veteran operating systems.

Apple's iOS 7.1 adoption hits 12% in 48 hours

[ABOVE: iOS is not fragmented, the latest Onswipe data shows.]

As a percentage of the overall platform, Apple's iOS 5 adoption exceeds that of Android KitKat

Underlining the difference between the two platforms, Apple claims that iOS 7 is installed on 83 percent of iDevices. An additional 14 percent of devices run the earlier iOS 6 software, with just 3 percent of customers using operating systems introduced in 2011 or earlier, according to Apple.

Apple's claims are confirmed by additional data from Onswipe which suggests Apple's mobile ecosystem is even more cohesive than the company itself claims: 96.27 percent of iOS customers are using recent editions of the OS. Though it is interesting that 3.725 percent of Apple customers use iOS 5 in comparison with 2.5 percent of Android customers running KitKat. It is also interesting to reflect that Apple shipped iOS 5 in October 2011, meaning just over a third of Android customers are running a version of their OS that is equally as old, or older.

The cohesive nature of Apple's ecosystem is good news for developers because as most iOS devices run current iOS versions it is easier to create consistent experiences for large numbers of potential customers. Developers on the other platform don't enjoy this advantage.

You may also want to read about how to use some of the new elements introduced within iOS 7 -- there's a guide to the OS here.

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