Apple s latest mobile operating system iOS 8, which started with rather slow adoption rate is starting to pick up. As per the latest adoption rate posted on Apple s developers website, the operating system now runs on 56 percent of iOS devices. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
With almost two months since iOS 8 release, the company has finally crossed the halfway mark. Since last month, the adoption rate has moved 10 points up. On October 7, the company had reported a 46 percent adoption.
For a company that loves to tout figures, the low adoption rate is something it would want to take very seriously. Last year s iOS 7 had marked around 70 percent adoption in the same period. Even Apple acknowledges the slow adoption rate. At its iPad event, Craig Federighi combined iOS 7 and iOS 8 users with Android devices running on Jelly Bean and KitKat to show the adoption rate in a positive light.
One of the main reasons for the people not updating to the latest operating system is the storage requirement. The update requires users to have 5-7GB of free space on their device, and as Apple commentator John Gruber noted last month, people are finding it difficult to make so much room on their device before they can initiate the update. The task is even more challenging for those with 8GB variants of iPhone 4s and 5c.
Another reason is the bugs. iOS 8 was released with a couple of un-ironed bugs, and the first update, which was supposed to squash them instead botched the cellular connectivity and disabled the Touch ID.
The company also released iOS 8.1 last month which fixed several of the bugs and offered new features including return of camera roll, an option to select the data network, and mobile payment option Apple Pay. Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 8.1.1 to developers which aims to provide more stability to the operating system.