iOS 7 Adoption Hits 80 Percent

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Apple released iOS 7 in September 2013, and just four months later it's running on 80 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The company shared the figure with investors during its 2014 first fiscal quarter earnings report Monday afternoon.

iOS 7 now on 80 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch modelsiOS 7 now on 80 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models

51 million iPhone units and 26 million iPads were sold during the quarter, all of which had iOS 7 pre-installed. Those numbers were up year over year from 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads.

In comparison, Android Jelly Bean has finally hit 59.1 percent, but that's only when adding together all three versions -- 4.1.x (35.9 percent), 4.2.x (15.4 percent), and 4.3 (7.8 percent). Android Jelly Bean was released in July 2012, and the most recent version rolled out in October 2013 with minor updates following in December.

One advantage Apple has in mobile OS adoption is that it controls when users can get updates instead of smartphone carriers setting when that happens. Apple also keeps all of its shipping mobile devices on a single OS, where Android device makers are using several OS versions, ultimately fragmenting their numbers.

Smartphone maker fragmentation isn't the only thing keeping Android version figures down. Along with an easy upgrade path for average users, Apple has also amassed users that are more likely to upgrade when new OS versions are released.

Along with strong iPhone figures and an impressive iOS 7 adoption rate, Apple reported US$57.6 billion in revenue for its first fiscal quarter with $13.1 billion profit.

Apple closed on Monday at $550.50, up 4.43 (0.81%) for the day, and is trading after hours at $509.00, down 41.50 (7.54%).

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Four months in and iOS 7 has an 80 percent penetration. That's impressive, and something that Google simply can't ever brag about with its fragmented Android OS platform.



What is the comparison to iOS 6 adoption rate? That would be somewhat interesting considering that 7 was a complete change to the UI that maybe some people wouldn’t like.

I did a quick bit of Googling and the first two articles, a few months old maybe, say 7’s adoption rate is higher.

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