Apple measures iOS 8 adoption numbers at 87 percent on the eve of iOS 9’s launch
It’s getting hard to dispute Apple’s hardware roster is slowly growing fragmented, with two new iPhones replacing two old ones, a low-cost model also expected out soon, and a Pro variant introduced at the high-end iPad spectrum, but an Air 3 still possible, and Minis very much alive.
Of course, you could always call this diversity and embrace it, particularly as Cupertino doesn’t look prone to Android-grade software fractures, handling every iOS release itself, and blocking any outside attempts at customization for better or worse.
Exactly how unified is the ecosystem now that the mobile platform’s eight major build gets ready to turn one, and pass the torch to iOS 9? Apple has the official figures, and it’s not shy to share them publicly, seizing the easy opportunity to gloat, as 87 percent of its customers are already on iOS 8.
The rest of qualifying iFans, namely owners of the iPhone 4s and up, iPads starting with the second generation, as well as iPod Touch 5 and 6 users, are split 11 – 2 percent between iOS 7 and, for some mysterious reason, earlier iterations.
Compared to the same time last year, adoption rates for the soon-to-be-renewed OS flavor actually dropped by three percentage points, suggesting either iOS 8 wasn’t compelling enough, or iOS 7 impressively stands its ground. Maybe a bit of both, but even if Apple chooses to be worried about the slight decline in popularity, a quick glance over the latest Android distribution scores should turn that frown upside down.
Due to every single Google partner needing to skin, fork, customize and “optimize” Android in their personal way, Lollipop sits at a disheartening 21 percent share with mere weeks to go until Marshmallow rolls out.