Survey: nearly 60 percent of iPhone owners have already adopted iOS 6

By , Sep 28, 2012

Apple’s iOS 6 has been out for just over one week and already almost 60 percent of iPhone owners and more than 41 percent of iPad users are using the updated software. The figures from Onswipe are just the latest showing the new version of Apple’s mobile software is being adopted at a record pace.

A survey of 100,000 visitors to website’s using Onswipe’s touch-friendly conversion service indicates that 59.43 percent of the iPhone users are on iOS 6, while 41.3 percent of iPad owners are using the recently-released software. By comparison, it took iOS 5 four weeks to gain 38 percent adoption…

The 60 percent figure (via TechCrunch) follows Apple’s announcement that 100 million people had adopted iOS 6 as of Monday. App developer Pocket had also released iOS 6 adoption figures showing iOS 6 was on 24 percent of devices just 24 hours after its release.

Apple’s decision to offer iOS 6 over-the-air rather than requiring that devices be physically plugged into iTunes is thought to be the major reason for the difference. Whatever the reason for the sharp uptake of iOS 6, it is seen as a plus for Apple and a bit of a rude-awakening for rivals.

The Cupertino, Calif. company should receive increased support by developers, as a result of both the features added in iOS 6 and the software’s rapid adoption. On one hand, developers will quickly push out updates and new apps, knowing that the features will quickly be available to a large percent of iOS users.

The large number of people who have already installed iOS 6 will also encourage developers to risk creating apps for the platform, knowing that there is a sufficient audience already available.

One of the maxims with new software is that you should wait a while for any bugs to be found and corrected. That lesson was reinforced after the flood of user complaints surrounding Apple Maps.

Due to the large number of people who quickly installed the version that ditched Google Maps in favor of Apple’s in-house alternative, a wider group of users had the joy of being on the bleeding-edge of technology. Only now is Apple responding, with CEO Tim Cook publicly apologizing.

The large percent of people who have already adopted iOS 6 has turned the usually-quiet process of issuing a software update on its head.

Dealing with an army of very vocal bug hunters and a CEO publicly apologizing for product frustrations is just an unwelcome side-effect of technology adoption operating at hyper-speed.

What do you think?

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  • Aleksander Azizi

    That means nearly 60% lost the “Gift App” function in the App Store :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Apple took that out? Ahh well, I never use it anyway. I didn’t think many people did tbh

      • Kurt

        Tbh, it’s Because you’re a teenager

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Teenager? I’m actually 22 but what does that have to do with me using or not using the “Gift app” button?

      • Kurt

        22 is basically a teenager.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Right… But that still has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    • Falk M.

      WHAT?
      For reals? I must check that out.

      It’s annoying enough I can’t buy iPad or Mac apps on my iPhone, but that? Oh Jesus…
      Apple, Y U NO WANT MY MONEY?

      I know you can still gift on the Mac, but yeah… Who knows what they’ll do in iTunes 11, right? *sigh*

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    What takes android years to complete takes Apple less than 2 weeks

    • MagicDrumSticks

      You mean features wise? I think it’s the other way around.

      • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

        the article is about how many people upgraded so I was obviously not talking about features

    • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

      You’re forgetting one crucial thing. Many manufacturers create devices without any plans to later update the software. They are playing the same game as Apple. “Why should we update the software if we could just sell you an entirely new phone?” Apple is doing the same thing, but in a slightly different way; they remove features from older devices. For example, there is absolutely no reason for 3GS never getting background wallpapers, or the iPhone 4 not getting 3D maps or turn-by-turn navigation. If you’re not getting new features by updating, then why update in the first place? Just so the sheep could go around bragging how they got it. Well, good for you.

      iPhone 4 users who updated to iOS 6, enjoy your newly updated innovative maps experience! Including the all new nothing™ feature!

      • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

        And what about the iPhone 3GS? I don’t see any other phone
        on the market getting support for that long. IPhone 3GS does have wallpapers, A4 chip cannot handle maps or turn by turn without extreme lag or horrible battery life I have jailbroken and tried it in the past. Why update? Because we like new features and we are happy to get some new features vs nothing at all. But I guess on the extremely fragmented android ecosystem were updates are non-existent on 3+ month old plastic phones fAndroids would never get a chance to understand that concept. And when it comes to Maps Apple has apologized and is improving it as we speak

      • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

        And which new features did the 3GS get with iOS 6? There is no 3D, turn-by-turn, panorama, offline reading list ain’t there, location reminders, hotspot, FaceTime, AirPlay Mirroring, Siri… The 3GS got the update just for the sake of getting the update, and like I said, so the sheep could brag about it. Whoppty do.

        From what I see (watch?v=Hg7AgQhFI5w), the iPhone 4 can handle new features pretty damn fine. It’s Apple that’s limiting your experience. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

        Those who do not understand how the Android platform works, don’t get to criticize it. Devices which came with stock Android, are today running Jelly Bean (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus). Those devices which did not come with stock Android depend on OEMs to update them. Blaming Android for not getting updates is absurd for two reasons. One: Android is an operating system, it makes no sense blaming it for anytihng. Blame the devs. And second: You can’t blame Apple for not updating Cydia (unofficial software). Likewise, you can’t blame Google for not updating HTC Sense (unofficial software). Please, get it through your thick skull, thank you.

        And I don’t see how plastic affects whether the phone will get an update or not. As a matter of fact, I don’t see how is the material a device is made of able to make any kind of difference, except how it feels in your hand. And we all know how that is completely irrelevant to how a device works; it’s performance. By the way, guess what material was the fucking 3GS made of? Ignorant, hypocrite and a fanboy… The most common kind.

        The fact Apple apologized for screwing up, does not fix the issue. Call me when Google Maps hit the App Store.

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Agreed with you. Most users out a case on the phone so why does the material choice matter? Apple capitalizes on the fact that sheep just LOVE that ye phone is made out of glass.

        I’ll take my “plastic” galaxy s3 with ballistic case and go
        Use NFC, beam and REAL maps now. Kthx

      • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

        Exactly my point! +1 to you, sir!

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Thank you :) good to see that there are still some brains left on the blog.

      • Dan

        you just gotta laugh at everyone thumbing down this conversation because it’s about android, even though everything mentioned makes perfect sense

      • Kurt

        It’s not fair that you come to an iPhone blog and show is how our iPhones are inferior. We would love to replace the battery instead of running around with a cable asking for help. We would love to have a bigger screen but we can’t admit to it. We need to say that our thumbs can hit all areas of the screen. It’s a lie that most of us know. You still must move the phone to hit all areas. Even the commercial made cut aways and shifted the iphone

      • AppleOwn

        Android’s bitch

      • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

        You people seriously need to learn how to take criticism. And also grow up.

      • MagicDrumSticks

        You’re a Moron. Ye galaxy already has jelly bean as does the s2. Ever hear of custom roms? Oh and if you dont like the rom then you can just downgrade. I guess it sucks for you since apple doesn’t allow that.

  • http://twitter.com/Meshrabh Bhushan Meshram

    Rest 40% are Jailbreakers :)

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      ~10%

      • http://twitter.com/Meshrabh Bhushan Meshram

        And growing, stronger :)

  • http://twitter.com/Timeth3ft David T

    What website? I highly doubt 60% is correct. IF it was do on a site about iphones, a higher percentage will update then the general population most of which probably never have updated their iphone. I waited 1 year to update to IOS 5 for my iphone 4, waited for mewseek to work. I will not be updating my iphone 4 to 6 ever. I haven’t talked to anyone who has updated without regret, but maybe its just my friends who think the maps app is what made the iphone so great in the first place. in fact i’m about to use it right now to call popa johns.

  • http://twitter.com/Timeth3ft David T

    An Iphone website won’t represent the general population of Ios users.

    • notewar

      For a second I thought u wrote losers

    • Kurt

      Don’t let the facts get in the way way of a good story. Same crap Obama does often.

      • Raz Goldin

        irrelevant and false statement. example?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.sepeda Shane Sepeda

    So many of my co-workers are updating to iOS6. I’m like, “WHYYYYYYYYY.”

    • Bieberkinz

      Because just like a lot other people, they aren’t tech smart, so updating really doesnt matter to them. Unless they KNOW about Jailbreaking and Mapgate.

  • http://www.ideaprison.com/ ideaprison

    my 3GS has become unusable.. thanks a lot Apple for not allowing us to downgrade..

    • ic0dex

      But seriously you need a new phone.

      • Kurt

        Then you buy it for him

    • Bieberkinz

      ? My 3GS runs fine and I’m jailbroken.. nearly 70 MB of ram a couple apps running… But just like iOS 5, some lag spikes occur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Med-Mohamed/1010730927 Med Mohamed

    now we regret to updated to ios 6

  • http://www.facebook.com/Luishalo22 Luis Perez

    Oh no D: im one of the 40%

  • Kurt

    “The worlds most advanced operating system” that’s not true and why does apple insist on grandios words/expressions

  • http://twitter.com/theuniverse934 THE UNIVERSE

    keeping my 5.1.1 JB on my i4…ios 6 is not the most advanced, a JBed iOS 5 is….

  • Dave

    Its fair to say the rooted Android experience plops all over an unjailbreakable iphone ! iphone is very basic without JB , god knows why apple do not integrate some of the cool jb tweaks in there updates, laziness and stubbornness i presume.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.ziemerhendricks Judith Ziemer Hendricks

    I can only connect to my Home wi-fi. I need a connection when I travel my iPad was purchased for that purpose !!