iOS 8 early adoption is significantly slower than iOS 7 and even iOS 6

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iOS 8 was released just 24 hours ago in what Apple is calling the biggest iOS release ever, but if early adoption numbers are any indication, customers might not feel the same way.

Users are upgrading to iOS 8 at a much slower rate than iOS 7, according to Tapjoy’s data from its app network of 200 million unique iOS users. Not only is iOS 8 lagging behind iOS 7, it’s being adopted even slower than iOS 6 was.

Adoption rates might pick up tomorrow once the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores, but iOS 8 has only been installed by about 6 percent of users 18 hours into its release. iOS 7 hit 12 percent in that same time period last year.

One surprising discovery from Tapjoy’s data is that iPod touches are actually being updated faster than iPhones (7.65 percent versus 6.60 percent), while the iPad has been updated to iOS 8 by less than 4 percent of users.

Apple fans can also track iOS 8’s adoption in real time with Fiksu’s livetracker, which currently shows iOS 8 at 9.48 percent. AppSee’s tracker and MixPanel are a bit more optimistic, showing around 15 percent adoption.

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