Apple: iOS 7 Adoption Hits a New High

Source: Apple.comApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently updated its developer website for the iOS App Store in order to give developers a clearer picture of the adoption rates for various versions of Apple’s iOS, reports TechCrunch. According to Apple’s App Store usage numbers, iOS 7 — the latest version of the mobile operating system — is now running on 74 percent of all of Apple’s mobile devices. This is 10 percent higher than the iOS 7 adoption rate Apple noted in October.

Apple’s data also revealed that 22 percent of Apple’s mobile devices are still running iOS 6, while 4 percent are using one of Apple’s older mobile operating system iterations. As noted by TechCrunch, this means that a full 96 percent of iOS-based mobile devices are running one of the last two versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.

Apple’s iOS App Store data is slightly higher than the latest data from online ad network company Chitika. According to Chitika, 74.1 percent of Apple’s iPhones and 63.8 percent of Apple’s iPads are running iOS 7. This means that nearly 70 percent of Apple’s mobile devices are using the latest operating system. Chitika bases its numbers on the millions of online ad impressions that were generated in Chitika’s network between October 25 and November 18. On the other hand, Apple’s iOS 7 adoption numbers are lower than those reported by mobile analytics platform Mixpanel. Mixpanel’s latest data indicated that 79.48 percent of mobile Apple’s devices are running iOS 7.

Apple’s radically redesigned iOS 7 was released on September 18, shortly before the California-based company released the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The redesign effort was led by renowned Apple designer Jony Ive. Ive eliminated many of the skeuomorphic design elements that had been a part of iOS since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007.

The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate reported by Apple is especially impressive considering the many design changes that were implemented in the latest operating system. According to Chitika’s data, iOS 6 took nearly six months to reach an 83 percent adoption rate. As noted by TechCrunch, iOS 7’s high rate of adoption also contrasts with the rate of adoption for the latest version of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. The widespread adoption of iOS 7 also allows Apple’s developers to develop apps without having to worry about a fragmented user base.

According to Android’s developer website, only 54.5 percent of devices running Android have upgraded to “Jelly Bean,” the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system — excluding the recently released “KitKat.” However, 37.4 percent of devices are running the 4.1x version, 12.9 percent are running the 4.2x version, and 4.2 percent are running the 4.3 version. Only 1.1 percent of devices running Android are using the latest KitKat Android platform. All other Android-based devices are running one of the four previous iterations of Android

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