Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi on Thursday at the company’s special media event announced that iOS 8 adoption has reached 48% on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices since the latest software update was publicly released on September 17th. iOS 7 maintains a 46% share, while earlier versions account for a 6% share.
While the adoption of iOS 8 has not been nearly as quick as software versions ahead of it, Federighi did not miss the opportunity to poke fun at Android’s fragmentation. The executive showed how Android’s latest KitKat version has just 25 percent adoption rate after being released almost one year ago, with the majority of users still running Jelly Bean.
The install base for iOS 8 has risen just 1% since the latest adoption numbers showed that 47% of devices were running iOS 8 alongside an equal 47% running iOS 7 and 6% running previous software versions.
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.