Apple: ‘79% of devices are using iOS 7′

Ian Hardy

December 30, 2013 7:27pm

Apple recently introduced a set of stats that revealed what iOS version users were using when they visited the App Store.

A month ago the newly revamped iOS 7 was sitting pretty at 74%, up from 60% when the OS launched in October. It seems the stats are growing at a two percentage rate as now showing that “78% of devices are using iOS 7.” iOS 6 users visiting the App Store make up for 18%, followed by 4% using earlier versions. These stats are mainly for the developer community and unfortunately there’s no hard number of how many visits the App Store is seeing.

Update, January 13th: For those interested in keeping track of the iOS 7 adoption rate, Apple has once again updated its chart (below) and now shows a 1% increase to “79% of devices are using iOS 7.” Those visiting the App Store on iOS 6 stay firm at 18%, while earlier versions drop a percentage to 3%.

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Source: Apple

  • Lukeiphone

    iOS 7 is nice. Don’t know why people holding back

    • Nitin Gaba

      The 4th generation iPod and older cannot be updated to iOS 7 same goes for some previous generations of iPhones and iPads. Also these stats are highly inaccurate because older generations of iOS users have no real reason to visit the app store since no new apps are added for those users. The earlier version stat is under represented.

    • Columbo

      Plus people who are more involved with their phones are more likely to update their OS AND to visit the app store more often. I know at least a few adults who own iPhones and don’t even know there’s a new OS, but they’ll never be counted since they probably download one app a year.

    • Henry

      You couldn’t be more right. The difference in stats would be staggering if they showed older devices that people still use. And why do people hold back iOS7? iPhone 4 sucks on ios7, slow as crap. Others may have been waiting for a jailbreak.

    • Roverwolf

      Yep, they probably don’t count my iPod which can’t run iOS 7, especially since I just tried updating to 6.1.5 and it ended up wiping the whole thing making me have to start from scratch.

      Either that or Apple users all just throwing away their older devices and filling landfills with toxic electronic waste… That seems like an inference that Apple would not want to promote.

    • Canuseewhatidid

      I was on iOS 6 until last week and had no problems downloading 99% of apps. You can always download the most recent app version for your device OS… Fortunately new versions of apps make use of new APIs, this is normal.

      The earlier version stat is just as accurate as it is for other mobile OS, this stat is meant for developers and is useful as is.

      Anyway you can cut this stat up anyway you like but it is still impressive by itself and compared to others (especially Android). But alas…

    • alphs22

      Google uses the same method (App store visits) to measure their adoption rate. So considering 95%+ of the market is being measured this way, your argument is moot.

    • Nitin Gaba

      They may use the same method to measure but my argument is still very valid. The play store constantly has new apps added that are compatible with older versions of Android, the same is not the case for iOS. I have a 4th gen iPod and my apps rarely even get updates since iOS was released. Considering my iPod is running iOS 6 which is only 1 version old, imagine what happens when iOS 8 comes out? I will probably never visit the app store on my iOS 6 device and Apple will assume my device no longer exists.

    • realitycheck

      The play store has many new apps added for older versions because majority of android users are stuck with older versions.

      Apple has done remarkably well in mitigating the backwards compatibility problem with legacy devices by supporting 4 generations of phones with their OS and allowing downloads of legacy versions of apps in the app store. If there was a NEED to update those legacy apps, the developers would be updating them.

    • beyond

      functionality may be good, but the new icons suck real bad, I was trying to find the settings on my sisters iPod, took me forever before I realized I was staring right at it.

  • WiZZLa

    iOS7: the BEST way to trick an iPhone 4/4s user into buying to an iPhone 5…because once they’ve updated their iPhone 4 to iOS7, it runs terribly and downgrading is a hard task for many non-power users.

    • Canuseewhatidid

      My iPhone 4s (>3 years old) flies on iOS 7. And it’s even faster jailbroken :)

      Maybe you just mean the iPhone 4. That 4 year old device that’s still being supported…

    • FTR_Part_deux

      Yup, can’t say the same with my Galaxy Nexus. Google stated that kitkat would run on older devices because of lower system requirements. Apparently, that isn’t the case.

    • WiZZLa

      “My iPhone 4s (>3 years old)”? You must’ve had one of those pre-release Foxconn models seeing as the 4s came out in 4Q11.

      iPhone 4 came out summer of 2010, definitely not a 4 year old device at the time of the iOS7 release.

    • Chris Marle

      Yeah, and then buying an Android device is the best trick to get them buying another one because 6 months later, it won’t have any software support and will be running like crap.

    • WiZZLa

      I’m not even an Android user, but it’s always funny to see the simpleton sheep making things up. This is the part where you run around with a tinfoil hat on screaming “fragmentation will end the world.”

      “If you want to troll about Android, you should first learn about it.”

    • Chris Marle

      The thing is that I currently own a Note 3 and an iPhone 5s plus I’ve been using review units of most of flagships devices for at least a year.

      Believe me, I know what I’m talking about. Just look at people buying cheap Galaxy Ace II X, HTC Desire 601 or other very low end Android devices. These people will never see software optimizations and bug fixes.

    • WiZZLa

      You say “6 months later, it won’t have any software support” then follow up with “Believe me, I know what I’m talking about.” then you list 2 devices that both received updates well after 6 months of being released. The HTC Desire 601 for example is getting 4.4.2 (according to HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management). I could be wrong, I just used a Google search, because I don’t know what I’m talking about.

      I can’t wait to read your reviews.

  • It’s Me

    LOL at the trolls trying to find excuses for fast adoption on iOS!!

  • aaron

    78% of people have upgraded to Iphone 5, 5c or 5s.

  • Daniel Finke

    I don’t understand why everyone rags on Android version distributions. It annoys me with the iOS devices that I have that 2-3 years after I purchase them the extreme number of software updates renders even the most trivial use cases painfully slow. I appreciate android OEMS less often releasing software updates that could lead to basic tasks like texting and email losing performance. I would *much* rather be able to unlock my device and send an SMS in less than 10 seconds than have the latest app support and a laggy keyboard, SMS app, and such like my iPhone 3G on 4.2.1 or iPhone 4 on 7.0.4. This is precisely the reason I bought a Galaxy Note 2 after iOS 7 was released.

    Tl;dr I shouldn’t have to buy a new device to get back stock performance. I should *want* to buy one cause it’s time to get the new features.