This is probably one of the best things about using a well-knitted ecosystem like Apple’s. You don’t need to wait for months and even a year to get an OS update. Just three weeks after release, Apple’s latest OS iteration iOS 11, was already installed on 48.6 percent of its devices, which superseded iOS 10’s install base, that was 45.4 percent. But, this was the data that analytics company Mixpanel collected yesterday. Today, when we went back to the analytics, we noticed there was dramatic drop in the adoption rate, which has fallen down to 42.7 percent, with iOS 10 again taking the lead 46.5 percent install base.
In fact, iOS 11 adoption has been much slower than iOS 10 adoption during the same time last year. It took just two weeks for iOS 10 to overtake iOS 9, while iOS 11 was only installed on 38.5 percent of devices at the two week mark, reported MacRumors. Though, adoption rates had been steadily increasing, there is a surprising plunge that has now been noticed. At 24 hours, iOS 11 was installed on 10 percent of devices, and at one week, it was installed on 25 percent. Since its release, the graph of iOS 11 adoption has only been upwards, with October 12 being the highlight.
Install base as on October 12, 2017
Install base as on October 13, 2017
Even since the release last month, Apple has released three minor updates to iOS 11 to fix bugs and issues discovered since its launch. The most recent update, iOS 11.0.3, came out just yesterday. The first major update to iOS 11, iOS 11.1, is in the works and that update may spur people running iOS 10 to upgrade to iOS 11. iOS 11.1 introduces new emoji characters, often popular with users, and it reintroduces a 3D Touch gesture that lets the App Switcher be accessed with one hand. ALSO READ: How to turn off your iPhone, iPad without using the power button
In comparison, after being released on August 21, Android Oreo managed to make it to the distribution list only after two months. According to the latest distribution, about 0.2 percent of Android smartphones are now running on Oreo, while Marshmallow — two versions older than Oreo — continues to dominate with a 32 percent share. Given there are nearly two billion active Android devices in the world, that’s an enormous amount of phones still running Marshmallow or Android 6.0. Also rising on the distribution table is Android Nougat, which runs on 17.8 percent of smartphones. ALSO READ: Android Oreo debuts on distribution list; Marshmallow continues to dominate