One of the bullet points that Apple loves to talk about is the number of devices that are running the latest version of its operating system, iOS.
It has been a point of contention for many years with Android, which, to this date, still has “trouble” updating even the newest smartphones to the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system. But for Apple, it prides itself on delivering software updates to a laundry list of devices, several years after their launch.
Apple is out with the latest install numbers for iOS 11, by way of the developer support page. The latest pie chart shows us that iOS 11 is now installed on 76% of devices out there in the wild. Apple took its measurement on April 22 of this year, by data collected from the App Store.
To compare that with previous versions of iOS, the install base for the previous version, iOS 10, is now at 10%. Meanwhile, devices running even earlier versions of the mobile operating system are now sitting at 5%. In January of this year, iOS 11 was installed on 65% of devices, iOS 10 was on 28 percent, and earlier versions were at 7%, so iOS 11 is certainly still gaining ground.
If you’re curious, Android 8.0 Oreo (and its first major update, Android 8.1), which launched late last year, is now sitting comfortably at 4.6%. You can check out Google’s own numbers on its own developer portal.
This has been the story for years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon. Google, for its part, has tried to make getting software updates out to devices as easily as possible, with things like Project Treble, but it doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact. For Android device manufacturers, there’s still the process of upgrading all the devices, but also then getting carrier approval. It isn’t easy by any means, but is probably still a (small) blemish on the Android platform to this date.
What do you think? Do you care about timely software updates or running the most up-to-date version of a mobile OS?