Four days later, 26% of iDevices run iOS 6.1

By , Feb 1, 2013

OnSwipe (iOS 6.1 adoption rate after 4 days)

Apple acknowledged in a press release Monday that there are now more than 300 million devices on iOS 6.0 and above, concluding it “may be the most popular new version of an OS in history”. Logs and various other data points support Apple’s data. OnSwipe, a service which presents traditional web sites in a format better suited to touch screen devices, found iOS 6.1 installed on nearly 21 percent of iPad and iPhone devices in less than 24 hours following its release.

By comparison, it took a week for 44 percent of users to update to iOS 6. The firm on Friday re-analyzed their logs comprised of thirteen million monthly active users, reporting that iOS 6.1 adoption has now passed the 25 percent mark in the first four days of availability…

Specifically, over 26 percent of users (via MacRumors) have iOS 6.1 on their devices just four days after its debut. Contrast this to Android where only ten percent of devices in the wild run Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest version of Android released last summer.

Onswipe CEO Jason Baptiste attributed the rapid rate of adoption for iOS 6.1 to the convenience of Apple’s over-the-air updates, introduced with iOS 5 in October 2011.

Another reason for Android’s high OS fragmentation relative to Apple: carriers are mostly responsible for not only delivering, but also testing these firmwares.

And due to the complexities involved in ensuring the user experience on a wide array of device form factors, carriers often don’t update lower-priced devices in the hope that users will simply buy a new handset when their contract expires.

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That’s actually a huge liability for Android as wireless giants like Verizon can flex their muscle and purposefully delay updates in order to increase sales of newer devices.

Just imagine, if you will, an alternative universe where Steve Jobs doesn’t tell carriers that firmware updates and UI are a big no-no. Apple releases iOS 6.1, for example, and then you wait for a carrier-delivered update for months.

And should you happen to own an iPhone 4, your carrier might just as well inform you it’s not interested in supporting your hardware.

Crazy, huh?

Good thing Apple had Steve Jobs who famously hated carriers with passion.

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

    5-10% of that easily is from people who want there idevices evaded.

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      Umm what?

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

        the name of the jailbreak for iOS 6 is “evasi0n” so instead of saying “jailbreak” you could say “evaded” :)

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

    next sunday it will be 100%

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

      200%

      • Jimothy

        Over 9000%

      • maireni de jesus

        Lmao y’all are silly

  • http://www.facebook.com/khan.rulzz.7 Khan Rulzz

    On sunday its going to be 101 %

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

    I am selling my 4S and my ipad3 and buying a new ipad4!!!! so i will jailbreak my 5 and the ipad4

    • http://twitter.com/reallyandy Andy

      The iPad 4 is just a slightly improved iPad 3. I would just wait for the redesigned IPad 5 instead if you really want a new one.

      • SimonReidy

        Yes but that’s still months away, and even when its released will probably take ages to jailbreak. For now the iPad 4 is a beast of a tablet with its A6X processor. Particularly for 3D games.

        It will also be able to run a lot of tweaks without noticeable slowdown. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one just to jailbreak if I had more cash (and didn’t already have an iPad3 :) ).

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

      iPad 4 has some pretty major internal improvements vs iPad 3. The most important ones are the display backlight adjustments to reduce heat and the A6X’s GPU is amazing!

  • mrchams

    it’s because of all the bugs that ios6 and iPhone 5 has. people are upgrading firmware to try and eliminate them but the latest version did jack

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

      stupid comment…. First of all they upgrade because they CAN…

      • mrchams

        that’s just being naive

    • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

      Yup and everyone has the same issues right?

      • mrchams

        in many cases yes but in the other cases it shows just how many different bugs there has been

  • batongxue

    I’m in!

  • vinoth kumar

    F**king carriers !! Love jobs on the non depending carrier issue !!!