Not long after Google offered the world their latest statistics regarding use of their individual versions of the Android operating system, closest external rivals Apple have offered a similar reveal of their own.
The glance at the current on-screen identity of the world’s iPhones and iPads currently show close to three-quarters operating on the newly-arrived iOS 7. The headlining update, which occured two-and-a-half months ago in September, can now be seen on no less than 74% of all current Apple smartphone devices, which has been noted by numerous sources as being the fastest-adopted iOS version in the history of their mobile technology operations.
Meanwhile, Apple have noted that 22% of their customers still use the predecessor iOS 6, whilst a much smaller portion of 4% are taking advantage of anything iOS 5 or below.
Advertising firm Chitika, who compiled the statistics on Apple’s behalf, recognised that iOS 7 & 6 figures were 64-25 across all iPads in a slightly more even spread of versions, as they summarised that the quick take-up of the update (available free-to-download or pre-loaded onto any new Apple devices) is: “…as a distinctive selling point when it comes to attracting application and mobile Web developers to the platform.”
They added of the overall statistics: “While still-active legacy devices make it unlikely for iOS 7 adoption to substantially surpass the nearly 90% adoption rate of iOS 6, the latest operating system will likely reach that point in a much quicker timeframe than its forerunner.”
As perhaps a reflection of their standing in the device market as a whole, Apple’s figures show a key focus on one ‘brand’, but with a slight residue of users being left behind on each one, how much of a peak share will iOS 8 be able to stack up when its launch predictably occurs?