Following a lengthy developer preview, Apple officially launched iOS 8 to the public on Wednesday, September 17. Ever since, several different sources have tracked the iOS 8 adoption rate, pinning it generally lower than the adoption rate of iOS 7. A new report furthers this reported trend, and yet points to record-setting numbers from a pair of brand new iPhones to off-set the software-only adoption.
According to a report published by 9to5Mac, the adoption rate of iOS 8 is still lagging behind that of iOS 7 from the previous year. With results from analytics firm Fiksu and Mixpanel, the adoption rate for iOS 8 is still trending below 50%. According to the former, iOS 8 has yet to reach 40% adoption, while the former suggests iOS 8 is closer to 50%, and yet still not where OS 7’s adoption rate was at 12 days after its own release.
The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is seeing record-setting adoption numbers according to the same report. The graph that’s pictured just above shows the adoption trends of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s appear to show almost exactly the same adoption rate, the iPhone 6 sits at the top of the graph all by its lonesome, thanks to almost doubling the rate when compared to the previous generations. According to Fiksu, the iPhone 6 has already reached 4% of adoption, just 17 days after launch. At the same time period of availability for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, both devices were at 3% adoption.
The iPhone 6 Plus, is reportedly not seeing the same kind of record-breaking adoption rates, it is at least tracking better than the iPhone 5c. Combining the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though, sets the devices at 5% of total iPhone usage in under 18 days.
While these all paint a very telling image, the last official word from Apple was released on September 23 regarding iOS 8 adoption rates, and, as usual, Apple based their findings on devices visiting the App Store on their mobile device. According to that announcement, iOS 8 adoption was at 46%.
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