Not only did iOS 6.1 come out today, but Apple released (an unprecedented) press release about it too. In the release, mixed in with expanded LTE carriers and other tidbits about iOS 6.1, was a quote by Phil Schiller about how fast iOS 6 adoption has been.
Nearly 300 million devices, according to Apple, are running iOS 6 right now. That’s a lot of devices, but more importantly for developers, these numbers mean that probably 80% of devices in the Apple universe are running the latest and greatest. From Apple…
“iOS 6 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Now the 80% number comes from some math that TNW did with 75 million iOS devices sold with iOS 6 pre-installed (iPad minis, iPhone 5, iPad 4) plus the 100 million updates in the first week iOS 6.0 was out. These might be rough numbers, but TNW is right, the number of updates is going to peter out (which is good, because that means most people have already updated) and new devices are going to make up the majority of the iOS 6 growth numbers from now on.
New or update, it doesn’t matter to developers because they can bet on a solid number of users who have not just iOS 6, but all the features that it supports as well.
If there is one thing Apple does do really well, it’s getting up to update our devices in a timely fashion.