Apple Inc has announced that 74% of total users of its devices are now running the most recent version of iOS 7, its updated mobile operating system. The company released the data itself, based on its monitoring as of December 1.
It added that about 22% of iDevice users remain using iOS 6. The rest, or about 4%, now use the earlier version of the mobile software. Overall, the company revealed that up to 96% of all iOS mobile devices are running on either iOS 7 or its predecessor iOS 6. By this, Apple claims that iOS is far performing better than its rival, Google Inc’s Android operating system.
It could be recalled that Apple started releasing stats of its software rollouts in June. This happened during the Worldwide Developer Conference or WWDC, wherein CEO Tim Cook delivered a keynote to compare iOS to Android, which he said was having fragmentation. At that time, Mr. Cook asserted that iOS is performing better compared to Android, especially in terms of adoption rate of users.
Comparison to Chitika’s data
The stats from Apple itself are logically in line with information released earlier by Chitika, an online advertising network. According to Chitika’s data, adoption rate for iOS 7 has now reached 74.1%. About 22.4% of users are now using the predecessor mobile operating system.
Thus, Chitika was sure that iOS 7 would easily outpace adoption rate for iOS 6, which was in turn impressive during its time. It recalled that iOS 6 had an adoption rate of up to 83% during the first six months after its release in September 2012.
iOS 7 and its many changes
Cupertino released iOS 7 in September, just a few days prior to the much anticipated launch of two new iPhone models—iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Upon the rollout, many users have been raving about iOS 7 and its many new features. But it seemed that some users were not yet ready for the drastic changes, especially in the interface. However, more users were satisfied with the way iOS 7 functions.
iOS 7 was designed to be compatible with iPhone 4 and newer models. It is also for iPad 2 and newer versions, iPad Minis, and the fifth-generation iPod touch devices. It should be noted that Apple has remained in control in managing and directing its iOS rollouts.