One Year Later, 92% Of iDevice Owners Are Running iOS 6 [Chart]

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With Apple set to unveil new iPhones today, we’re probably about a week away from a widescale release of iOS 7, which will mean that Apple’s seventh-generation operating system will end up dropping about a year after iOS 6. So 365 days later, how is iOS 6 doing?

Really well. In fact, according to data released by Chitika Insights, really well: it’s installed on 92% of all iOS devices.

One of the things that Apple has been really good at with its operating systems is getting people to upgrade to the latest version. While Android’s fragmentation problem is so bad that the most common version of the operating system is over two years old, and less than 6% of all users are on the most recent version.

That’s a big problem. Fragmentation makes it more difficult and more expensive for developers to test apps, and makes the operating system itself less secure from attacks. No such problem on the iOS side of things, though: 92% are on iOS 6, while 5% are still on iOS 5 (my guess is that these people, like my girlfriend, are Google Maps holdouts). 1% are running iOS 7 as a beta, and 2% are running other iOS versions. These are legacy devices, likely stuck on iOS 3.1.3.

If this data pattern holds, iOS 7 should see wide adoption. I wonder, though, if the aesthetic itself of iOS 7 will slightly fragment the iOS ecosystem, the way the switch from Google Maps to Apple Maps slightly fragmented iOS between iOS 5 and iOS 6. What do you think?

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  • scophi

    Perhaps I haven’t had enough coffee this morning…the author keeps saying 92%, but the graph clearly shows 82%. What am I missing?

  • scophi

    Nevermind. I see that the graph is specific to iPad, whereas the story is discussing all iOS devices. Confusing. But at least it clears up the details.

  • Avenged110

    Well fwiw none of my devices are going to iOS 7 because I can’t handle the pastel. I love my polished wood and stitched leather and green felt and linen everywhere. So that’s 3 iPhone 5s, a 4S, an iPhone 4, an iPad 2, and an iPad 3rd generation that will stick to iOS 6.

  • scophi

    Well fwiw none of my devices are going to iOS 7 because I can’t handle the pastel. I love my polished wood and stitched leather and green felt and linen everywhere. So that’s 3 iPhone 5s, a 4S, an iPhone 4, an iPad 2, and an iPad 3rd generation that will stick to iOS 6.

    Agree. I think the new look is a major step backward. iOS 6 offers a polished and rich look. It’s very professional. iOS 7 looks like it was designed by Mattel.

    While I want some of the new features (like remote disable and iCloud Keychain integration), I don’t know if I can get past the new look. It doesn’t matter how good the OS is if you can’t stand the UI.

    I’ll wait to see it on someone else’s phone first.

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