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50% Adoption Levels for iOS 9

News by Luke Jones on Monday September 21, 2015.

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At the end of last week we showed how a third party researcher claimed Apple's iOS 9 adoption rates were at 18%, but said that this may be exaggerated. However, Apple has revealed today that the actual figures are well above anything predicted so far as iOS 9 has been downloaded to more than 50% of all devices running Apple's platform.

That is extremely impressive in less than a week of its launch, while it is also impressive considering some people on older iPhones (5s and 6) are complaining the software makes their handsets slow.

Apple is showing what a tight ship it runs once again as iOS 9 adoption rates are already approaching 20% just days after it launched. Of course, whether a tight ship is your particular thing or not is another matter, but it is impressive that Apple can get this kind of mass updating done efficiently.

Admittedly the source is a third party, so the near 20% adoption rate it not official. However, there is no reason to believe Mixpanel's figures are not at least someway true, Apple getting to 20% this quickly is hardly the shock of the century. The company says iOS 9 has now been pulled in by 18% of users of the platform, with just three days past since its release, and before the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ship with the software on board.

While we do not buy into the whole iOS vs. Android update cycle thing, we would be remiss not to mention it. Google has made no secret about the fact that it would like higher adoption rates for new builds of Android, so the company probably sees the recent 20% threshold that Lollipop passed as a solid enough milestone. Nothing like Apple of course, but by now we should know the differences between the platforms and what challenges their particular ethos' present.

In other words, Android is never going to get adoption rates close to Apple's in terms of speed or overall adoption through the lifetime of a build, the ethos of the platform simply does not allow it. Is that good, bad, or unimportant? We'll let you decide.

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