Apple iOS 11 now powers 65% of active iPhones and iPads

Apple iOS 11 is not off to a great start in terms of adoption, but is still far ahead of Android.

  • Published: January 23, 2018 9:19 AM IST

Apple’s iOS 11 adoption is not really off to a great start like iOS 10 before it. It seems most iPhone and iPad owners are holding out to see if there are any critical issues, and will probably update to a version that patches those known issues.

However, the adoption rate of iOS continues to remain better than that of Android, where most devices never get to experience the latest version. According to updated distribution numbers, the iOS 11 is now installed on 65 percent of all active iOS devices. The update rate is definitely not bad for an operating system that has been around for just four months now.

The developer page also shows that iOS 10 is being used by around 28 percent of active iPhone and iPads while only seven percent of active devices are still running iOS 9 or older version. With the release of iOS 11, Apple announced support for devices that are five years old. The latest version of iOS is available for iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The update is also available on iPad Air, iPad Air 2, 5th generation iPad, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, all iPad Pro models and 6th generation iPod Touch.

In comparison, the latest version of Android called Oreo is currently powering just 0.7 percent of active devices. The Android developer dashboard reveals that Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the two-year-old mobile OS from Google, is the most widely used version with a market share of 28.6 percent, while Android Nougat introduced in 2016 has a market share of 26.3 percent of Android users in the world. Around 44.4 percent of active Android devices are currently using a version that is at least three years old.

It is important to get more devices on the latest version of their mobile operating system for Apple and Google. In the recent years, Google has taken efforts to make it easier for its OEM partners to release update as soon as it becomes available on AOSP. Google’s biggest problem remains fragmentation, and there is no denying that it has a lot of work to do when it comes to catching up with Apple when it comes to software rollout.

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  • Published Date: January 23, 2018 9:19 AM IST