This jump suggests the majority of iPad and iPhone owners will be running the secure version of iOS in just a few weeks. This latest update is being adopted at a faster rate than a similar security update that was pushed out in May 2012. In this case, the 5.1.1 version of iOS was installed on 12 percent of devices within a week and 58% of devices within three weeks of release. The majority of iOS owners, 42.4%, are running iOS 7.0.4, with a small percentage (13.4%) still running iOS 6.
Breaking the issue down by device, iOS 7.0.6 users generate 14.5% of total North American iOS-based Web traffic, with the majority of usage coming from iOS 7.0.4-equipped devices. In terms of major OS versions, more than 84% of iPhone Web traffic within the U.S. and Canada is driven by iOS 7 users.
This rapid adoption rate is not surprising given the importance of the security update. This latest version of iOS patched a flaw in the SSL system that made iOS vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. The flaw was revealed to be an extra “goto” command that caused the OS to skip an important SSL authentication step. A malicious hacker on the same wireless network as iOS and OS X users could hijack the data traffic being sent between the Apple devices and the router.
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