iOS 9 adoption reaches 79% ahead of iOS 9.3 release

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iOS 9’s adoption figure has risen again ahead of the public rollout of iOS 9.3, with 79 percent of compatible devices now running a version of Apple’s latest software. That figure is expected to rise again next week when Apple rolls out new features like Night Shift mode.

iOS 9 adoption has been stalling in recent months. In early February, it reached 77 percent, but it hadn’t climbed at all when Apple published its figures at the end of the month. Now it’s rising slowly again, up two percentage points in just three weeks.

iOS 9 adoption March 7, 2016

If Apple rolls out iOS 9.3 following its keynote on March 21 — which it is expected to do — then that adoption figure should climb even higher. The update provides users with a number of compelling reasons to upgrade, with nice new features and improvements.

Those include Night Shift mode, which filters out blue light at night to help you sleep better; the ability to protect the Notes app with Touch ID; new 3D Touch shortcuts for apps like Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, and iTunes Store; and a revamped News app.

iOS 9.3 also adds Apple Music support to CarPlay, Wi-Fi Calling on Verizon, and a new Classroom app, which lets schools assign multiple Apple IDs to iOS devices so that they can be used by multiple students with their own accounts.

Apple’s keynote takes place on Monday, March 21. In addition to iOS 9.3’s public debut, we expect to see the new iPhone SE, an iPad Air 3 that’s rebranded as a smaller iPad Pronew Apple Watch bands, and updates to OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.