iOS 6, the latest major version of Apple’s mobile device operating system, is currently in use on over 300 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices worldwide, the company stated in its press release announcing the release of iOS 6.1. According to figures revealed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 6’s 300 million device install base represents 60 percent of all iOS devices ever sold.
‘iOS 6 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history,’ said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Edible Apple explains the math that leads to 60 percent:
During Apple’s most recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple to date has sold over 500 million iOS devices. If we put those pieces together we see that over half of every iOS device ever sold is now running the most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Contrast that of course to Android where a scant minority of users are ever caught running the most recent iteration of Android.
Although not all features are available on all devices, Apple’s decision to allow older devices such as the iPhone 3GS to run iOS 6 has ensured that a majority of the company’s customers are up to date with the latest security fixes and capabilities.
In addition to security, having a relatively uniform install base gives Apple and iOS developers an advantage in the creation of apps and the introduction of new features that is not shared by any other major mobile platform.
Apple also revealed in the iOS 6.1 press release that iOS users have uploaded over nine billion photos via Photo Stream, sent over 450 billion iMessages, and received over four trillion notifications to date.