iOS 9 Now Installed on 84% of Devices as iOS 10 Unveiling Looms

iOS 9 adoption May 2016

Apple will announce its big iOS 10 upgrade at WWDC next month, and it will rollout to all later this fall — but iOS 9 is determined to go out with a bang. The software is now installed on 84 percent of compatible devices.

Since Apple announced the iPhone SE back in March, iOS 9 adoption has climbed 4 percent. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but for an operating system that was already at 80 percent then, that’s impressive growth just weeks before its successor is announced.

Of course, Apple’s updates have helped. Earlier this month, the company rolled out its latest iOS 9.3.2 beta, which fixed a frustrating Game Center bug that had plagued some users for over a year, allowed Night Shift to be used in Low Power Mode, and addressed other issues.

Big patches like this one — which fix issues that lots of iPhone and iPad users have been complaining about — give those who were waiting for a more stable version of iOS 9 a reason to finally upgrade their devices.

iOS 9’s adoption figures are even more impressive when you compare them with Android. Marshmallow, which made its public debut last October, is still at just 7.5 percent, while the vast majority of users are still running Lollipop and KitKat, which launched in 2014 and 2013.

It’s worth remembering, however, that while all iPhone, iPad, and iPod users have the option to install Apple’s latest updates the day they are made available (assuming their device is compatible), Android users must wait for manufacturer optimizations and carrier approval.

This indicates — once again — that Apple got it right when it denied carriers any power over its software for the iPhone.