61% Users Have Already Upgraded to iOS 5.1 Thanks to OTA Updates – What About You?

Over-the-air incremental updates was one of the major features introduced in iOS 5. iOS 5.1 released couple of weeks back was the second OTA update to be released by Apple.

Even though iOS 5.1 didn’t include any major new feature and jailbreakers were warned to stay away from it, David Smith – developer of Audiobooks app (App Store link) reports that quite a large percentage of users have already upgraded to iOS 5.1.

Smith who gets approximately 100,000 downloads per week for his app, shares some interesting statistics about the adoption rate of the latest iOS software update:

  • More than 50% of the users had upgraded to iOS 5.1 within 5 days, which was almost as fast as users upgrading to iOS 5.0.1 released back in November.
  • In 15 days, nearly 80% of the users eligible for the OTA upgrades have upgraded to iOS 5.1 and at this pace, Smith expects most users to upgrade to iOS 5.1  sometime in the first week or two of April.
  • The overall adoption rate of iOS 5.1 software update was 61% when you include all versions of iOS such as iOS 3.x and iOS 4.x.
  • In comparison iOS 4 had taken almost 1 month to cross the 50% usage mark.

The numbers clearly show that the OTA update feature has helped in improving the adoption rate of the latest iOS update, which doesn’t come as a big surprise. Smith points out that this is significant from developers point of view as it allows them to drop support for older versions and focus on updating their apps to take advantage of the new features introduced in the latest iOS software update.

Are you surprised by the high adoption rate? Have you upgraded to iOS 5.1? Let us know in the comments.

[David Smith’s blog via MacRumors]

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