Almost half of all iOS users are using the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, according to figures released by Cupertino on its App Store Distribution page.
The figures show that as of September 21, 46 percent of users had upgraded to iOS 8, slightly down from the 49 percent of users on iOS 7. A tiny minority (just 5 percent) of users are still using earlier firmware versions.
Prior to the release of iOS 8 on September 17, more than 90 percent of users were running iOS 7.
Despite an initially much slower rate than iOS 7 adoption (and even slower than iOS 6), iOS 8 is now tracking favorably compared to previous iOS launches. The high uptake could be attributable in part to the record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Apple sold a massive 10 million-plus units in the new phones’ first weekend.
If you want to keep an eye on iOS 8 adoption in real time you can check out Fiksu’s livetracker, alongside AppSee’s tracker and MixPanel, all of which give unofficial but fairly accurate indications of how many people are using which versions of Apple’s mobile OS.