According to Onswipe, a creator of mobile web content, adoption rates for iOS 6.1 are among the fastest in history, passing 22% in 36 hours of release.
The company looked at data from over 13 million iOS users, which makes for a fairly wide representation of total users, and determined that the rate of adoption for iOS 6.1 has been the fastest ever seen on a mobile platform, edging out iOS 6.0 in September. Presumably, the reason for the fast adoption is users’ acclimatization to Apple’s new over-the-air upgrade tool, which was introduced in iOS 5 in late 2011. The breakdown skews more towards iPhone than iPad users, but the delta is smaller than it was in previous versions. It took iOS 6.0 nearly a week to reach 45% of users.
Faster adoption of iOS allows developers to more quickly bring new features to their apps, and tighten code that typically only needs to be maintained for legacy users. It’s also likely that a few iOS 5.1.1 stragglers will update to iOS 6.1 when the evad3rs untethered jailbreak is released this weekend.