Apple starts charting iOS adoption, 96% of users are on iOS 6

By , Jun 21, 2013

iOS adoption (20130603)

Apple has started charting the iOS adoption figures via a portal for its registered developers. While Google’s been doing this for quite some time now, it’s the first time Apple offered the continuously updated official iOS adoption data.

Key takeaway: a whopping 96 percent of Apple customers are now using iOS 6, as measured by the App Store during a 14-day period ending June 3, 2013.

There is a massive difference compared to Android 4.x versions that, according to Google’s dashboard web page, was on 58.6 percent of Android devices accessing the Android Play store during a 14-day period ending on June 3, 2013.

And with 39.8 percent of Google customers on the now outdated Android 2.2 Froyo and up to Android 3.2 Honeycomb software, Apple’s huge advantage in terms of platform fragmentation is undisputed…

Apple previously showed this chart to WWDC attendees, with engineers and executives not shying away from privately highlighting throughout WWDC sessions Apple’s key fragmentation advantage versus Google.

By the way, Apple is demanding that new apps and app updates be built for iOS devices with Retina display. Another requirement: iPhone apps must also support the four-inch display on the iPhone 5.

It should be noted that Google measures only devices which access the Play store, excluding forked Android versions such as Amazon’s Kindle tablets and a plethora of basic devices from no-name Chinese vendors.

Android versions (20130603)

Just like Google, Apple’s numbers are based on the App Store logs. Because Apple exclusively makes iOS devices and given it doesn’t allow third-party stores, Apple’s stats are an accurate representative of the market.

Some of the stats Tim Cook mentioned during the WWDC keynote are rather impressive. Despite Android’s market share and unit sales lead stemming from the fact that anyone can take Android for free to build devices, the App Store has a clear revenue advantage.

iOS 7 (iPhone 5, flat, white, homescreen)

The App Store, which next month turns five, has earned developers an astounding ten billion dollars thus far, which is more than all other platforms combined.

Apple now has 575 million iTunes accounts, most of them with credit cards enabled for one-click shopping. The App Store has amassed 50 billion app downloads (excluding re-downloads and updates) and is home to 900,000 apps, with more than 375,000 programs specifically designed for iPads.

Last, but not the least, cumulative sales of iOS devices have crossed the 600 million units threshold. Taking a moment to crunch those numbers, it isn’t terribly surprising six million developers signed up to write iOS apps.

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  • Eldaria

    I guess the adoption of iOS7 might take a bit longer. The 3GS is still being sold as new in some places, but won’t support iOS7 as far as I could see.

    • Leviscus Tempris

      I’ve seen reports that iOS 7 finally drops the iPhone 3 and earlier, but nothing specific about the 3GS. Hmmm. It’s probably dropped.

      Too bad my girlfriend opted for the iPhone 3GS under contract a month before the 5 came out. So sad. It’s the worst phone I’ve used. It takes 3-5 sec just to load the springboard from normal swipe to open. iOS 7 would just kill the poor thing…

      • Raul Henriquez

        no it doesnt

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Good thing too. 3GS has no gyroscope. Plus most features in iOS 6 already make it useless. She can’t even play a game without it crashing in 5 min. She wants to down grade but can’t without loosing most of her apps. It’s a bad place to be in for her. Considering she has another year and a half to go before they let her upgrade to a 4 which will then be the same situation.

      • Singed

        iOS 4.3 and later don’t support iPhone 3G already, it’s no surprise iOS 7 won’t even come close. As for 3GS’s speed – you obviously never seen the older iPhones.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I’ve seen hers. But never older than 3GS. Hers is already incomparable with most of the apps she wants. Plus it crashes on most that she has already. And it takes about 10 min to boot her phone. And it crashes on several stock apps. iOS 6 should have dropped the 3GS.

  • Nala1908

    Except it says 93%….

  • Don’t wannatell

    iOS 7 will be a huge success for Apple. Just reminding that iOS 6 forced Apple to release a letter for apology. But look at the percentage of iOS 6 adoption now. Hope they can change some UI elements in iOS 7.

    • Ricky

      Agreed

  • Rick Hart

    This all because of evasi0n!

    • leart za jmi

      I think apple let it evasion work just becouse a small percent of users had the ios 6 at the time.

      • Bobby McBobson

        It took a long time to patch it because it was not a very big security threat. For example, JailbreakMe was patched very quickly because it was a big security breach and could be used to hack people maliciously.

      • leart za jmi

        I was thinking, since i work on marketing, apple had a great benefitfrom Evasi0n, a lot of peoplewere talkingabout that, and the interesfor iphonewas bigger then without jaibreak, since they sell more it possibel that they closeda eye just for some time, evasion lived through 3 updates )

      • Bobby McBobson

        Yeah 18 million people jailbroke their iDevices, it definitely made apple more popular.
        That’s really cool, you work in marketing. It looks like a great job.

      • leart za jmi

        only jailbreaking can make 18 millions of people talking in a same time for a thing :)
        And all this almostfor free :)

      • Bobby McBobson

        Yeah:)

  • leart za jmi

    I am still at 5.1.1 in my 4s, i think for my device is the best ios becouse is made for it. The ios 6 was a step back from ios 5.

    • seyss

      damn arabs

      • leart za jmi

        I am european dumbass

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I didn’t like his comment either. Some people are way too judgemental. Pricks.

      • leart za jmi

        I have no problem with that, but i am far to look like arab :))

      • Bobby McBobson

        Insulting him back is not better just don’t respond to him.

      • Bobby McBobson

        I flagged his comment.

      • Mykel Monroe

        Damn loser.

    • Rick Hart

      I wish I could have iOS 5.1.1 on my iPhone 5 because it a lot better

      • leart za jmi

        yeah, i think is more genuine ios. Ios 6 is more forced, no maps, no youtube integration, just a upgrade but not a positive one

    • Leviscus Tempris

      Your right. The iOS 6 was designed with iPhone 5 in mind. Not your phone. iOS 7 should be a better step up for you though. Hopefully that is.

      • Bobby McBobson

        In my opinion though ios 6 was better than iOS 5.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Same but think about this: iOS 7 from a dev standpoint is battery intensive. All the animations now with the effects is nice but makes the phone do that much more work. It’s nice and I’m in support of it. But given the facts I see them improving the battery in the iPhone 5s for this reason alone. I still love it.

      • Bobby McBobson

        ios 7 is still in beta, So the battery problem will probably be solved when it will be released to the public.

      • Gorgonphone

        I agree and really believe that apple makes code inefficient on older devices to make consumer feel like they need to spend money on a newer one…

      • Bobby McBobson

        Well ios 6 was great for me and it was not buggy at all. But it sucks that Apple doesn’t let us go to iOS 7, they don’t let us have newer operating systems.

  • Bobby McBobson

    ”a whopping 96 percent of Apple customers are now using iOS 6”

    but on the graph it says 93%.

    • Leviscus Tempris

      Good point. Maybe due to time lapse between the relevance if the graph and this article? Regardless I wouldn’t call it whopping. I’d call it smart!

      • Bobby McBobson

        Yeah, maybe. Maybe Christian Zibreg will tell us if it is a mistake ore something else.

  • Bobby McBobson

    I want to learn how to build apps for the app store, but Apple isn’t making it easy since I have windows. I can’t get Xcode (the best app to create apps) because it only functions on macs. So I shall design Android apps.

    • Bobby McBobson

      Aw come on who’s the Apple fanboy who downvoted my comment?
      I wish I could design Apple apps, but I don’t feel like buying a thousand dollar macbook air.
      —————————————————————————————
      Anyway what will probably happen if I make apps for Apple is this:
      I pay a hundred bucks to create a dev account, and them Apple refuses my app. Then I become enraged and submit my app to Cydia after wasting a hundred bucks.

  • Bobby McBobson

    Interesting article, I was curious about the OS usage for both operating systems! I thought more people would be on iOS 5. Only 6%.

    • Leviscus Tempris

      I didn’t. Not with evasion! But iOS 7 is really good! It looks like they took all the tweaks from the jailbreaks top 20 and built them in and then some. Just wait, I hear android on the prowl, do I hear a slide from bottom screen widget sue fest on its way? Lol. I hope not.

      • Guest

        Yeah, because of Evasi0n many people updated. And ios 7 took a bunch of JB tweaks and implemented them in ios 7: deep end, iblacklist, auto app updater, maybe bitesms soon.

        And android probably won’t sue apple for the slide from bottom screen widget haha!

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I hope not. But the arrow looks nearly identical to android. I can see it now “that’s our png image!!!” Haha.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I think apple did them better. Regardless many jailbreak tweaks have bugs with other jailbreak tweaks. Apple doing it themselves ensures that they work together now. So I can’t argue with them doing it by any means.

      • Bobby McBobson

        In my opinion apple stole nothing from android. Only the home screen looks a tiny bit like android. However android has like 10 home screens so at least one is going to look a little like an android home screen.

  • Gorgonphone

    IOS 6.1.2 on iphone 5 and ipad4 is great (when jailbroken)

    • Guest

      Yes I shall downgrade and jailbreak my device. I accidentally disabled my iDevice forever so i had to restore it on iOS 6.1.3. But I can downgrade it because it is an ipod 4.

  • omrishtam

    people are in still in ios 4 and down? 0.0 WUT?!

    • Singed

      Not everyone is stupid enough to buy a new iPhone every year, breaking the contracts. Older iDevices can’t support newer iOS.

      • omrishtam

        dude i own iphone 3gs… but still…

  • darkdude1

    Will be very interesting to see if iOS 7 jailbreak comes out, if that impacts adoption rates, only Apple know that and I bet there was a surge :)

  • kickinghorse99

    Why is the adoption of the latest firmware is so high? Because of the jailbreak and also when you have a problem, you have to restore to the latest firmware. There is NO OPTION to stay at current version. So this is misleading.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    impressive figures.

  • Bing Beta

    Bullshit chart at least on the apple side

  • G Mohal

    Where is ios feature fragmentation graph?

  • David Gitman

    I wonder how will it be on ios 7…

  • http://ored.net/ Owen Corso

    Do you have the link to this iOS adoption figures via a portal for its registered developers ?