iOS 6 adoption rate: nearly 2 out of every 3 devices upgraded

By , Oct 22, 2012

According to a new Chitika survey, a month following its public release iOS 6 is found on approximately 61 percent of devices. When Chitika conducted a similar survey just 24 hours after iOS 6 availability, it found the software on some fifteen percent of devices (25 percent after 48 hours of availability).

People who want to be on the bleeding edge of technology usually install the latest and greatest version of iOS within the first week or two, with some opting to hold out until early kinks have been worked out. The numbers do suggest that the rate of iOS 6 adoption is stabilizing.

Apple itself on September 24 said iOS 6 ran on one-quarter of all iOS devices it sold to that date, amounting to a total of a hundred million iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running iOS 6…

Chitika observed ad impressions from apps that incorporate its technology so the numbers may not accurately mirror the real world, though a sample comprises of hundreds of millions of mobile ad impressions.

With that off of our chest, it’s worth mentioning that Chitika also saw iOS 6 adoption rate hitting the 50 percent mark after only two weeks of availability. This means the iOS adoption rate is slowing – that is, stabilizing.

Chitika explains:

iOS 6 growth has decidedly leveled out over the past week, although it still is growing. Since our previous study on October 2nd, 2012, iOS 6 gained nearly 10% usage share, now constituting 61% of all iOS traffic.

Here’s a breakdown of the U.S. and Canadian iOS distribution according to iOS versions. It’s interesting that iOS 5.1 is still found installed on one out of every four devices observed in the Chitika network.

This isn’t surprising considering that iOS 6 runs only on newer devices and that some features are not available on all supported devices. Some people may have held off upgrading altogether whilst others have older devices that aren’t supported at all by iOS 6.

Analytics firm Apsalar previously found iOS 6 adoption rate to be more than twice as fast as iOS 5 after two days of availability. Data by app developer Pocket, released on September 28, indicates that nearly 60 percent of all iPhone owners at the time had adopted iOS 6.

According to Google, at post time 23.7 percent of Android devices had Android Ice Cream Sandwich installed and 1.8 percent were on Jelly Bean.

Come tomorrow, Apple should alongside the iPad mini and refreshed Macs release iOS 6.0.1 to fix various bugs that early adopters reported. These include the pesky WiFi and cellular connection problem and the annoying screen flicker when using the iPhone 5 keyboard.

Is there anyone out there among our readers on an iOS version prior to iOS 6?

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  • http://twitter.com/The_Malik Malik Davis

    Lies! All of my devices are still on 5.1.1 or below lol. Even though I have AT&T I still don’t want to lose my jailbreaks. The little things that I do on my jailbreak is what matters the most.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyTreyManid JohnnyTreyManidis

    wow, thats depressing

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyTreyManid JohnnyTreyManidis

    the only good thing was itunes match streaming,,, thats it

  • SimonReidy

    I’m quite happy belonging to the 25% group that are still on 5.1. There’s no way I’m upgrading to iOS 6.x until there is an untethered jailbreak available for A5 devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000603361739 Osama Muhammed

      im happier belonging to the 4% group LOL

    • seyss

      cant live without installous
      hey hypocrite vote me down!

      • http://twitter.com/zicario25 gabriel espinosa

        paid for a iphone but cant paid for app

      • http://twitter.com/Stickhandling_ Stick

        Do you pay for your music? Didn’t think so.

      • Alvin Ma

        it’s actually way more convenient to have installous…i mean, it give ppl a way of trying apps, allowing some ppl to use apps that are too expensive for them(eg. I wouldn’t by any app above $5), and allow consumers to wait for the apps to go discount and thus save money and being able to buy more apps (now it’s a win-win)

      • David Villamizar

        People that actually do what you say is hard to find. I used to depend on installous to get paid apps, since I couldn’t get a credit card (I’m underage), but now I steal my mom’s credit card and problem solved, now I can update without consequences(except for loosing the jailbreak), and is a lot easier to update apps through the app store. I feel better with myself now, it’s better to steal my mother, than not paying to a totally unknown group of people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

        Theif… Hey, i’ll steal from my mom so i can pay someone for something i may use for a day to a week then delete…. Smart, huh

      • SimonReidy

        I doubt he’s being serious. Only the lowest of the lowest would think its cool to steal from their own Mom. Unless he’s 10 years old anyway.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        stealing is human nature… the corporations rob us with high prices to make their profits…

      • Yuri

        I only use installous for apps that are not available on south african itunes.

    • notewar

      iOS 6 suck balls

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

      Exact-a-mundo!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      exactly

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Diaz-Escandon/569033218 David Diaz Escandon

    I wont upgrade until apple gets Swipe selection tweak in iOS

    • jose castro

      ya im amazed that they have not done that yet.. that should of been around ios 4.3.3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

    i bet the only people that arnt on ios6 are people with jailbreaks, dont know how to update and have devices that dont run ios6

    • http://www.facebook.com/sanil.chitrakar Sanil Chitrakar

      Did you mean jailbreakers don’t know how to upgrade ios? lol, what makes you say that?

    • pegger1

      I’m sure there’s many on iOS6 who are jailbroken too.

  • Steve

    How about the percentage that upgraded who are jailbreakers?

  • Alvin Ma

    you didn’t count those who downgraded back to 5.1.1 after seeing how bad io6 is……and most devices which upgrade to io6 ARE DOWNGRADE-ABLE

    • http://www.facebook.com/CMak70 Chris McOmber

      Except the 4s and iPad 3, which most people have now. Totally frustrating!

  • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

    I wish I waiting its so buggy and a big battery drainer.

  • Simon

    They should have a stat for the poor people that upgraded to IOS6 and would downgrade if they could once they found all the problems

    • pegger1

      Exactly. I know many who upgraded and instantly regretted it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1659581606 Jacob Noah Wolin

    I love iOS 6 I’ve had it since June and I have had very few problems its worth upgrading from a jailbreak seeing to how I jailbroke my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S- when I had the 4s- now I have the 5 and it’s awesome

  • coejam

    2 out of 3 upgrade to IOS6,
    But 1 out of 2 downgrade back to IOS5 for jailbreak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/papadoeswork Gabriel Diaz

    Untethered jailbreaks for lifeeeee

  • LilGreenGuy

    I think I would miss Zephyr too much to upgrade. It’s second nature now.

  • hellac00l

    A lot of phones will be needing a Jb this Xmas

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    iOS 6 = SHIT

  • philadelphia

    I liked iOS 6.. I updated to check it out.. But I downgraded back to 5.1.1 for the jb.

  • http://twitter.com/imapolyglot imapolyglot

    They should do a survey to determine how many iOS 6 users desperately want to downgrade to 5.x.

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

    Every 1 out of 3 iDevice is Jailbroken :)