Apple: iOS 7 on 74% of devices

Apple on Thursday answered a question that many people have wondered: How is the adoption of iOS 7 going? According to data on Apple’s Web site, I’d say pretty well.

First show at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, iOS 7 was released to the public in September. As of December 1, 2013, iOS 7 is on 74% of Apple devices. Considering Apple has hundreds of millions of iOS devices around the world, that is a significant achievement.

As measured by the App Store during a 7-day period ending December 1, 2013.

As measured by the App Store during a 7-day period ending December 1, 2013.

The information also shows that 22% of users are still using iOS 6, with only 4% of users on older versions of iOS.

Meanwhile, Google’s latest release of Android, codenamed KitKat, only has 1.1 percent of active Android devices. In fact, Android’s new release is doing so poorly, the older version of the operating system is actually gaining in popularity among Android users.

  • What I’d like to know: On what percentage of devices that COULD rund iOS 7 is it installed? Are 3Gs and 3GSs counted into that graphic?

    • That’s the question I came to post. We have a couple of older iPods in our house that can’t be upgraded to iOS7. Are they counted in with the 26%?

      • My brother just bought an iPod for my nephew only to find out it’s a brick. It is too old to get iOS 6, let alone 7, so no apps are available.

        As a dev I push the latest and greatest but this was the first time I felt bad about that mindset since my brother lost money on the deal.

        • Moeskido

          How old was this device, and what were his expectations for it?

          • I don’t recall the model number but he didn’t know either.

            His expectations were to buy an iPod for his son so he could use it, namely for gaming and music. He can put music on it still but no games.

          • Moeskido

            So, in buying an old iPod for which he did insufficient research, he got hit by a similar problem to what buyers of some new insufficiently-researched Android devices do.

          • LMBO. Really? You can’t help but find an argument, can you?

            This is not an Android vs iOS problem.

          • Space Gorilla

            No, but it’s a live-with-your-own-mistake argument.

          • I wasn’t talking to you.

          • Space Gorilla

            Heh, funny that you think you have that power. Bye now.

          • What power? I made a comment to someone not named “Space Gorilla” and you provided a response as if you are Moeskido.

            No power needed.

          • Moeskido

            My “argument” (more of an observation, actually) is roughly what I hear when Android fans defend the limited support many new Android devices have.

          • Understandable but I mentioned nothing about that topic. This was just an issue unrelated to backwards compat’ and how I finally felt differently about requiring the latest OS version.

            No Android vs iOS here.

  • Sebastian Paul

    The last time Apple gave us these numbers, they mentioned for the first time that they count all the devices that have accessed the Appstore in a certain time frame. Similar to the way Google gets the Android adoption numbers.

    I doubt that there are more than a few iPhone 3G in those numbers, because those devices are so old that it’s very likely that the owner doesn’t care for “new stuff”, like a new iPhone or new apps.

    And as the 3G doesn’t run iOS 5, which many apps require nowadays, there’s also only a tiny chance that the 3G owners will have accessed the appstore to update their apps.

    On the other hand,I’d guess that there a quite a few 3GS in those numbers, they run iOS 6 (and therefore almost all apps) and have been available until a year ago, so while owners of an iPhone 3GS are obviously not the heaviest app-users, there’s a much higher chance that they’ll regularly use the Appstore.

  • Demosthese

    What’s worse is I have no idea what difference between 4.4 and 4.3 (or 4.0 for that matter) is.

    • has a page specifically for that information.

      • Demosthese

        It’s actually pretty cool, thanks. For some reason I never saw a link to this.

        • No prob. They do a solid job w/ the site.

        • That would be because Google spends too much time slagging Apple at I/O as opposed to informing the public.

  • Moeskido

    I updated my iPod touch to 7, but we’re keeping our iPad 2 on 6.

    • Space Gorilla

      We’ve got six iPad 2s in our family, been slowly upgrading them. The only thing we made sure of is having about 20 percent free space available, and so far so good, iOS 7 works great on the iPad 2, no problems for us anyway. I’ve even got the dynamic/moving background stuff turned on, motion effects, etc.

  • Jim you know it is an apples and oranges comparison. You simply can’t compare a single manufacturer OS to a mulit-manufacturer one. Get Nexus/pure Android upgrade numbers then compare those.

    I get the blog fodder/talking points but it seems disingenuous to push constant inaccuracies without clarity of said fodder. 😉

    As for 74%, that might be enough for us to push our app to require 7. Good stuff.

    • Sebastian Paul

      The Galaxy Nexus will be stuck on Android 4.3, Google won’t update it anymore.

      The reason they stated: The Galaxy Nexus, released shortly after the iPhone 4S, is over 18 months old and that’s Google’s support time frame. (Real reason: There are no drivers for the SoC available, Texas Instruments left that industry. That’s why Apple owns the hardware that they put into iPhones The same 18 months they mentioned when they announced the Android Update Alliance (which was quietly buried).

      So instead of increasing the time that users get new updates for their devices, the Update Alliance instead limited the time for those who thought they bought the device that will get updates ‘forever’.

      • I agree on all points, well done honestly, except your last paragraph. Yes, the 18 month window sucks for OTA but you can’t compare Google to manufacturers taking a year+ to upgrade phones [looking at my S3 w/ 4.1.1 still…today]. Remember the Galaxy Nexus was initially a developer device way more than the Nexus 4 and 5 are, where those two really were geared to the public even in their release/availability locations [carriers, etc].

        Also understand my point isn’t to say looking at the Nexus numbers would show KitKat on a closer percent to iOS. I doubt that highly but pure Android devices update faster [see Moto X, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 already on KitKat] so sure the number would be higher but, as you point out, the 18 months would still weaken the percent.

    • You simply can’t compare a single manufacturer OS to a mulit-manufacturer one.

      You certainly can when Android supporters insist Android doesn’t have a problem with fragmentation. There was also a great deal of screeching from people allergic to pastels that iOS 7 was a dud and that Apple would not see people move as quickly and completely to it as they did earlier OS upgrades. It is also a major component in the collection of conditions that explain why iOS gets the lions share of high quality developers.

      The fact that Apple device owners have moved en masse to iOS 7 isn’t just good for embarrassing the Android “ecosystem”. It’s a data point relevant to several topics of discussion regarding Apple.

      • People also argue Apple overcharges its customers…does that mean we can argue Apple is greedy? No. People putting stakes in the ground don’t mean it is worth arguing.

        Hrmm…I don’t see how Apple upgrade speeds are embarrassing to Android. No one cares but Android haters. It’s like arguing profit share. Those who understand the basic facts of the situation know exactly what is going on.

        [apologies on the delayed response; was traveling]