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Apple iOS 12 now on 53 percent of active devices from last four years

Apple iOS 12 adoption is outpacing iOS 11 and is set to match that of iOS 10.

  • Published: October 12, 2018 11:18 AM IST
Apple iOS 12 lead

Apple iOS 12, which was released globally on September 12, is setting new records in terms of adoption. The operating system is now installed on 53 percent of active devices introduced in the last four years. The details regarding install base of the new operating system was shared by Apple in its App Store support page for developers.

The App Store page, updated today, shows Apple has a new way of breaking down the iOS installation rate. It says 53 percent of devices introduced in the last four years have already switched to iOS 12. In total, 50 percent of all iOS devices have made the jump to iOS 12. Apple iOS 11 is still powering 39 percent of all active iOS devices while earlier versions are found on 11 percent of active devices.

Of devices introduced in the last four years, Apple says 40 percent of them are using iOS 11 while earlier versions could be found on 7 percent of the active install base. The numbers shared by Apple seem to be inline with estimates from other analytics firm tracking the install base of iOS 12 since its launch on September 17.

One thing is clear: the iOS 12 adoption has outpaced that of iOS 11 at the same time last year. In early October 2017, the iOS 11 was installed only on approximately 38.5 percent of active devices. It took the mobile OS until early November to reach the 50 percent install base, according to official numbers from Apple.

And iOS 12 is, in fact, matching the adoption rate of iOS 10, which remains one of the best version, released by Apple. On October 11, 2016, Apple iOS 10 was installed on 54 percent of active devices. With 50 percent active install base of iOS 12, Apple seems to have once again won the trust of its users, who had grown skeptical of updating to new version immediately after its launch.

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With iOS 12, Apple is taking a huge shift in its software strategy by fixing all the known bugs and improving overall performance rather than introducing big ticket features at once. This could be the reason for such fast upgrade when compared to iOS 11, which was buggy and critical from the start. Apple is also promising faster app launch and camera improvements on older devices like the iPhone 6.

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  • Published Date: October 12, 2018 11:18 AM IST