iOS 11 adoption lags behind iOS 10, but puts Android to shame

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iPhone X
iOS 11 is currently installed on 59 percent of compatible devices.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

iOS 11 is currently running on 59 percent of compatible devices, gaining 7 percent from the last time Apple reported the figures in early November.

By comparison, 33 percent of devices are running last year’s iOS 10, while the remaining 8 percent are still using a previous version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

iOS 11 adoption
The latest adoption stats from Apple.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s stats are based on visits to the App Store on Monday, December 4. Likely driving upgrade figures was the latest iOS update, iOS 11.2, which arrived in the middle of November — bringing a fix to an issue causing the iPhone X’s Super Retina HD displays to become unresponsive in cold weather, along with solutions to Live Photos and video capturing problems.

Despite the ground year Apple is having, however, iOS 11 is still seeing slower adoption than its iOS 10 predecessor. By this time last year, iOS 10 was running on approximately 63 percent of supported devices.

A whole lot better than Android

Still, it’s a massive gulf from the kind of adoption figures that Android devices “enjoy.” As can be seen by the latest Android figures, the newest Android version — Oreo, released to the public in August this year — is only installed on a minuscule 0.3 percent of devices.

Android
This is what fragmentation looks like.
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While adoption figures don’t necessarily mean too much to the average user, they do have implications when it comes to both the security of devices (since weaknesses can get patched more comprehensively that way) and for developers, who can count on the majority of users having access to the latest features.

Have you updated to iOS 11 yet? What are your impressions a few months in? Let us know in the comments below.

  • The thing with Android is that users are at the mercy of their carrier to provide the updates. And many carriers will ignore phones that aren’t super-current. And since people don’t upgrade every year, they often get left behind. It’s one of the things I hate about Android.