At its iPad event last night, Apple’s Craig Federighi showed a slide revealing iOS 8 adoption rate, and the picture wasn’t at all pretty. In less than a month since release, iOS 8 runs on less than half the iOS devices, which is significantly less than last year, when nearly 64 percent devices had updated to iOS 7 in a similar time frame.
Not surprisingly, Apple isn’t looking at the adoption rate as “slow.” In order to show the adoption in a positive light, Federighi combined iOS 7 and iOS 8 users with Android devices running on Jelly Bean and KitKat. He noted that nearly 94 percent of iOS devices ran on either iOS 7 or iOS 8, while in comparison only 79 percent of Android devices ran on either Jelly Bean or KitKat. To further drive in his point, he also said that after 26 days, 48 percent of iOS devices ran on iOS 8, while even after 313 days only 25 percent of Android devices ran on KitKat.
No matter how much Apple tries to sugarcoat it, there is no hiding the fact that iOS 8 hasn’t yet turned out to be as successful as iOS 7. There are various reasons that have contributed to this scenario. Firstly, users need at least 5-7GB of free space to update their devices, and not a lot of people have that kind of free storage on their devices. Secondly, iOS 8 had a bunch of bugs, and the first update that was supposed to quash them, ended up botching cellular connectivity and disabling Touch ID sensors for many users.
Apple will release the iOS 8.1 update for users on Monday, which will introduce new features like Apple Pay, bring back old features like Camera Roll, and also hopefully fix the bugs.