iOS 8 adoption remains virtually unchanged at 47%

iOS 8 Adoption Rate

The latest App Store distribution numbers reveal that 47% of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are running iOS 8 or later. That figure is measured based on devices that accessed the App Store during a roughly two-week period ending October 5th, and is just a one percent rise over the 46% adoption rate reported back in late September.

Meanwhile, there are still an equal 47% of devices running iOS 7 and another 6% running an earlier software version. The official numbers corroborate the results gathered by analytics firms Fiksu and Mixpanel in a report earlier this morning, which found iOS 7 remained installed on slightly more devices than iOS 8.

It is possible that a myriad of bugs and issues affecting iOS 8 has slowed the adoption rate of the latest software version. Apple usually sees strong numbers for iOS adoption, and this is one of the first times that the upgrade rate has remained so stagnant in a number of years.

iOS 8 was released last month for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but not without its fair share of problems. In fact, the software update was publicly seeded with four major features missing or not fully functional: HealthKit, iCloud Drive, SMS Continuity and Apple Pay. Then there was the iOS 8.0.1 breaking iPhones disaster.

iOS 8 comes preinstalled on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and is available as a free over-the-air update for the following devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

[via Apple Developer]