iPhone owners race to upgrade to iOS 14

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iOS 14 adoption. It’s a good thing.
Many iPhone users can’t resist the new features in iOS 14.
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Over 30% of iPhones are running iOS 14 exactly a week after the release, according to data from an analytics company. That’s a 50% faster adoption rate than iOS 13 a year ago.

Adoption of iOS 13 by iPhone users is nearly total

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iOS 13 adoption is almost universal.
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Even as Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 on Monday, the company revealed that 92% of all iPhones introduced in the last four years run iOS 13. That’s a higher adoption percentage than for iOS 12 this time last year.

And it’s vastly ahead of the percentage of Android users who’ve been able to upgrade to the latest version of Google’s operating system.

iOS 12 adoption hits 70 percent of iPhone and iPad users

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Phones and tablets dating back to 2013 can be upgraded to iOS 12.
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A data analysis firm recently estimated that three-quarters of iPhone and iPad users have upgraded to iOS 12. Turns out that was slightly optimistic. Apple revealed today that iOS 12 adoption is actually at 70 percent.

That is vastly better than the number of people who’ve been able to upgrade to the latest version of Android.

85 percent of all iPhones and iPads run iOS 11, can upgrade to iOS 12

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Virtually every iPhone and iPad runs iOS 11. And they'll soon be able to make the jump to iOS 12.
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Apple has no problem getting operating system upgrades out to its customers. The vast majority of iPhone and iPad users are running the latest iOS version. And all of these people will be able to make the jump to iOS 12 later this month for free.

Contrast that with Apple’s chief rival. Just a small percentage of Android users have a recent version.

iOS 9 adoption rate continues to pick up steam

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iOS 9 is on a huge number of Apple's mobile devices.
iOS 9 is on a huge number of Apple's mobile devices.
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Apple’s iOS 9 has been adopted by users at a pretty rapid rate, one that’s faster than even iOS 8 enjoyed.

Apple just updated its developer information page, claiming that iOS 9 is now on 75 percent of all iOS devices out there. This is four percent more than it was just a month ago, showing steady, if slower, growth than the first few weeks after the iOS 9 release.