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Apple: iOS 7 adoption now at 85 percent

updated 12:57 am EDT, Tue March 25, 2014

Previous release, iOS 6, now down to 12 percent

As of March 23, Apple says 85 percent of active users of iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) are running some version of iOS 7. This follows figures that showed a majority of users -- 52 percent -- had adopted iOS 7 just a week after its release last September. By Christmas, it was on 78 percent of compatible devices. Some 12 percent of users are on iOS 6, with the remaining three percent running older devices limited to older releases. The rapid adoption rate of iOS releases continues to be a major security and developer advantage over Android.



By comparison, users of KitKat (the most recent major Android OS, v4.4) have yet to crack 10 percent of its active user base, owing to the platform's fragmentation. The remarkable takeup rate of iOS 7 is driven in part by a refreshed look, which has been polished further in the latest release, v7.1.



Another factor may have been security concerns that prompted Apple to issue the iOS 7.0.6 update just a week ahead of iOS 7.1's arrival. Both updates patched a significant SSL/VPN security flaw that could have allowed for a "man in the middle" wireless communication decryption attack. The 7.1 update also featured a fix for a Touch ID issue, CarPlay support for future car models, improvements in enterprise features and general fixes and tweaks.




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  1. revco

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    Such a bogus statistic. Apple downloads iOS7 to your iDevice whether you want it or not. Of course people are going to click the "Update" button rather than having 3GB of iOS software eating up their storage. A more telling stat would be how many would have reverted if Apple allowed such a thing.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by revcoView Post

    Such a bogus statistic. Apple downloads iOS7 to your iDevice whether you want it or not. Of course people are going to click the "Update" button rather than having 3GB of iOS software eating up their storage. A more telling stat would be how many would have reverted if Apple allowed such a thing.



    Are you dizzy yet from all the spinning?
    Apple does NOT download iOS 7 automatically unless you've set the system to do so.
    iOS 7 is NOT 3GB in size.
    It is perfectly possible to remain at iOS 6 indefinitely, should you choose to. I know a number of people who held out for quite a bit, though 7.1 pushed almost everybody over the edge.

    There is nothing "bogus" about this statistic: it's just a number. It's the conclusions you draw that can be valid or bogus. Chances are, if you're making up and drawing upon bogus "facts" to bolster your conclusion, that you're working on the latter.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: 09-06-01

    what Spheric Harlot said. No app updates automatically unless you have set it to do so in Settings, same for the OS. The largest OS update I have ever seen is a major update (from 6 to 7), it was around 150mb. Minor updates are much smaller than that.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 06-11-00

    I'm still one of the 12%. No update has been "forced" upon me.

  1. chas_m

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 08-04-01

    For those who have updates set to download automatically, the iOS 7 update will (of course) download automatically -- but it won't be installed until you decide to install it, and as others observe it doesn't take up that much space either. I've been very pleased with iOS 7, and I was someone who did not think much of the pre-release pictures -- too much white, too many candy colours -- but they've done a LOT to address my concerns and I'm totally fine with it now.

  1. revco

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    Joined: 05-10-05

    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post

    Are you dizzy yet from all the spinning?
    Apple does NOT download iOS 7 automatically unless you've set the system to do so.



    What are you talking about? Here's some "catch-up" reading for you:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5379403?start=15&tstart=0

    and,
    TidBITS: Unwanted iOS 7 Occupying Space on iOS 6 Devices

    and more,
    ios 7 - How to delete the iOS7 install package on iPhone? - Ask Different

    and some more (silly, but…),
    Apple taken to court over unwanted iOS 7 install download - CNET

    and so on.

    So, to get you up to speed:
    Since iOS 5.0.1, Apple WILL download all installers/updates if the following 3 conditions are met:
    a. There is sufficient space available
    b. You are connected to a WiFi network
    c. You are connected to a power source.

    You are right about me calling it a bogus stat. It is just a number but what is it meant to imply? My interpretation (and what Apple will more than likely choose to believe) is that people actively chose to update to iOS7 and that they're happy to have done so.

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