Apple’s dashboard for deveopers was rather telling of the recent trends when it comes to usage of their iOS 8 system – its adoption rate has remained pretty much steady at 82% for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. Last week had the exact same percentage.
iOS 7, on the other hand, is losing ground; it has lost a single percentage point in the last two weeks (from 17% to 16%). This is in the view of the upcoming review for the much anticipated iOS 9 system during the summer conference held in San Francisco.
The results published by the AppStore at the end of May show that all previous iOS releases are still at 2%. It is interesting to note that the dwindling usage of iOS 7 affected neither iOS 8 nor previous releases.
What is even more mind boggling is that the buggy iOS 8.0.1 release didn’t affect iOS 8’s popularity. The issue was that the installer size was so large that most people’s devices were unable to download it properly. Yet, the popularity has been on the steady increase ever since its release in autumn of 2014.
What is the most contributing factor of iOS 8’s popularity? It is simple: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new devices are selling by a truckload; it is estimated that, by the end of June 2015, around 70 million of these devices will be sold, without any reduction in the momentum.
Apple Watch is the second contribution. The Watch requires its users to own both an iPhone and iOS 8.3 – meaning that people who wanted to use the Watch had to have iOS 8. As considerable percentage of users didn’t own an iPhone previously, the odds are that most iPhone users are eligible for the Watch, not to mention previous iPhone users who got the new system specifically to get the new gadget.
Based on everything that has been outlined so far, what do you personally think about the latest developments? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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