iOS 14 adoption passes 80%, solidly outpacing iOS 13


iOS 14 adoption. It’s a good thing.
Many iPhone users can’t resist the new features in iOS 14.
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Four out of five iPhones released in the past four years run iOS 14, according to Apple. That’s despite the operating system version only being available for three months. And iOS 14 adoption is well ahead of where iOS 13 was at this point last year.

Nearly as many iPad users have upgraded to iPadOS 14.

iOS 14 adoption hits 81%

Apple updated its App Store support page with the note that “81% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iOS 14” as of December 15, 2020. Almost all the rest use last year’s iOS 13, as a mere 2% of recently-released iPhones use an even earlier version.

iPhone users are jumping onto iOS 14 more quickly than they did its predecessor. According to Apple, 4.5 months after the release of iOS 13, it was on 77% of devices introduced in the previous four years.

When iPhones that are more than four years old are included, total iOS 14 adoption is 72%. Apple says 18% of all iPhones run iOS 13, while 10% use a previous version.

Good news about iPadOS 14 too

iPad users are nearly as ready to upgrade. iPadOS 14 is on 75% of Apple tablets introduced in the last four years, according to Apple. And just about all the rest use iPadOS 13, as only 3% on an even older version.

iPadOS 14 adoption for all Apple tablets is at 61%. And 21% of devices run iOS 13, while 18% use an earlier version.

News for app developers

Apple gathers this data from devices that visit the App Store. And the iPhone-maker uses it to urge third-party software developers to update their applications to fully support the latest iOS and iPadOS versions.

High adoption rates are a result of operating system updates being widely available. iOS 14 can be installed on every Apple handset since the iPhone 6S, which came out in 2015.

This is an advantage over Android. Google’s mobile operating system is much more fragmented, and adoption rates of each new version are generally far lower. For example, ten months after the release of Android 10, it was on just 8.2% of handsets. The adoption rate was low enough that Google stopped announcing it.