Nearly one-third of iOS users upgraded to iOS 7 in the first 16 hours

By , Sep 19, 2013

Mixpanel (iOS 7 adoption, first 16 hours)

Adoption of Apple’s new version of iOS is off to a fast start. Nearly a third of iOS device owners have already upgraded to iOS 7 just 16 hours after the software was released. According to Mixpanel, by Thursday at 10:28am ET some 31.8 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods had adopted the new operating system, noted for its flat design and a number of new features. Apple officially released the software on Wednesday at 1pm ET…

The Mixpanel announcement can be found here.

Go here for the interactive chart of iOS 7 adoption

By comparison, 24 hours after iOS 6 was released just fifteen percent of iOS device owners had adopted the new OS. Rival platform Android is saddled with a reputation of being fragmented due to the slow pace of OS adoption.

Compare this to Google’s most recent snapshot of Android OS version distribution.

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As you can see, less than half of Android devices (or 45.1 percent) were on Android Jelly Bean version 4.1.x or 4.2.x, per data collected during a seven-day period ending on September 4, 2013.

Keep in mind that Jelly Bean was released alongside Google’s Nexus 7 tablet in June 0f 2012. Also important: Google’s data only counts Android devices that access its Play store, excluding gizmos that use forked Android version such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets and no-name Chinese cheapos.

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In this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek cover story, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned both a NetAppliations survey that gave iOS devices a 55 percent share of all mobile web activity and an IBM research note saying iPads accounted for more than 88 percent of online shopping traffic from tablets during last Black Friday:

“For us, it matters that people use our products,” he said

And commenting on the widespread Google fragmentation, Cook said:

It will show up in developers. It will show up for people that no longer have access to certain apps. It will show up in security issues because if you’re not moving your customer base to the latest version, then you have to go back and plug holes in all of this old stuff, and people don’t really do that to a great degree.

Indeed, for developers, the solid support of iOS 7 means they can be assured apps written for the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS will be widely installed. While the vast majority of Apple’s user base quickly adopts the latest and greatest version of iOS, some people still use older hardware.

For them, Apple’s made it possible to download the last app version that was compatible with their hardware and iOS build. Also, the company today issued a note telling developers they can easily manage availability of apps’ previous versions using the iTunes Connect web portal.

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  • Matt Taylor

    Nearly one third of iOS users are ill informed and didn’t know that iOS has been completely butchered! And now there f!*ked… Lol

    • Moi

      Damn , the iPad 3 gen still doesn’t have the blurring effect ,…. If I knew this I would haven’t updated mine

      • Matt Taylor

        Sorry, what?

      • batongxue

        Exactly what I have been complaining about!
        Give my iPad 3 the frosted glass!

      • Donglemecurious

        One of the things I hate about Apple is this devolution into lower classes for little things. (And usually within a year and a half!!!) Is the GPU hit really so extreme that the iPad 3 doesn’t even have the choice to enable or disable this? Yet another reason to wait for the JB and tweaks. I want control back so that I can make that decision.

        Other than that, huge fan of my iPad and Jony Ive.

      • Moi

        Love you bro , you and I think the same way , I with iOS 7 I was going to leave the jailbreak forever but now I’m waiting it more than ever to get back the blurring …. And yes I’m a big fan of iPad ( full size ) and Jony Ive is my favorite apple guy after Steve jobs .

      • Rowan09

        What blurred effect? Sorry guys but remember this company is in the business of making money. It’s not enough that they give 3 year old phones a new OS but they won’t give every device all the features. Why would anyone want to purchase an updated model? I agree though that this is one of the many reason I love to jailbreak my IOS devices.

      • Moi

        Dude , the iPad 3 was released mars 12 / 2012 , it’s not that old , and it’s more powerful than the iPad mini but this guy gets the blurring ….. Apple is a bitch , jailbreak is a hero … End of story

      • Rowan09

        They’re going to the iPad 5 now so that would be the same comparison as a iPhone 4. What is the blur effect? I just don’t see why you would complain even though you have the right to when a tech company phases out an old one. Tell me of another company that promotes keeping older devices?

      • Moi

        If I take Cydia as a company i would tell you Cydia

      • Rowan09

        Good one.

      • kenzie t

        so you prefer not upgrading to iOS7 just because they dont have this blurring effect? we’re lucky not all the people in the world are like you

      • Moi

        I’m on it already and it looks ugly without the blurring … We’re also lucky not all people in the word are like you “troller” !

  • Lavish P

    Lol I’m waiting for jailbreak

  • Andy

    And one-third is waiting for a jailbreak

    • Alexander Reimann

      I was part of the 1/3 when iOS6 came out, took too long for the jailbreak and this time who knows if it’ll be faster. So I upgraded my iPhone 5 and haven’t had any regrets. Having said that, I kept my iPad jailbroken, so I can’t say I totally parted from the jailbroken iOS 6

  • richrich

    I’m not sure why people are so attached to their jb… I’ve been using iOS 6xx with jb, then without, then 7beta and now 7 final and I can honestly say iOS7 is way better than any jb device… I hardly miss my jb (and I loved it)

    • bw00ds

      I haven’t seen many/most of the jb’s I use in the feature list of iOS7. That’s why I’m attached to my jb.

  • Adedayo Ogunde

    And 3/4 are waiting for jail break

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      No bro, only 7% of ios users jailbreak their idevices. Rest are ignorant

      • mickey

        Ignorant? More likely they have no need/desire to jb. Other than us 10% or so of jailbreakers, why wouldn’t your average user want the latest os/features, less security holes, and updated apps (many updated apps now require iOS 7).

      • Rowan09

        I agree they’re not ignorant they may be totally satisfied with what they have. When you introduce someone to what jail breaking really does they also come over to our side. Some people think jail breaking has something to do with going to jail from my experiences.

      • Kevin

        i m absolutly one of those guys how is satisfied without but please, tell me whats good or maybe bad about JB.

        I m a total newbe to JB

      • Rowan09

        For starters you can tweak you phone as pleased meaning the look of the icons, etc, you get access to the file system like a computer, you get access to movies for free, etc. it basically allows you to tweak your phone like you want it. Once you jailbreak you won’t go back. It even allows you to download items straight to the phone instead of using a computer with iTunes.

      • bw00ds

        It gives you features that should be in the OS, but is not there. Many are small things, but features that you use not just everyday, but numerous times an hour, over and over again. It increases your productivity and allows you to have your device fit better the way you think and work and operate your device. And have to mention, it is just plain fun.

  • FOFF

    yup if you have no jailbreak then IOS7 is a great choice

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    No more panorama wallpaper on ios 7?

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Yes. Removed in GM I think.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Hmm..sucks.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    I downloaded itunes 11.1 on windows. Its says that it has authorized my comp but when i sync my i5 it says comp not authorized. Dint have this prob on 11.0.5. Updated from gm to public release still nothing. Any solutions , please help. Havnt been able to sync for 8 days now!!

    • 1337lolzorz

      click on Store > Authorize computer

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Not working:(

  • Joseph

    Google doesn’t have a fair chance; given their open source stance with Android, it’s up to the manufacturers to make the updates. A lot of them don’t. It’s not really a fair statistic.

    • Rowan09

      That’s true but Google always talk about them having more Android devices shipped when given the open source of OS more companies use their OS. Every statistic will not be truly fair but if your comparing how many people upgrade their OS from either being able to or not due to old phones, it still shows Android has a problem when it deals with getting people on the new OS.

  • leart za jmi

    i am a real huge fan of apple, but none of my two devices will update to ios 7
    for sure ios 7 is not bad, the new features are cool and easy to use as usual, but the design dont looks like apple anymore :S
    just my opinion

    • FFF84

      exactly, it is the design.
      I hope to have all ios7 features on ios6 theme

      • leart za jmi

        i am a senior designer, and i cant belive apple made this kind of design, considering that apple is the mother of design and advertising.
        maybe they are playing some kind of game with competitors that for sure will copy everything apple will make. i dont know realy

      • Rowan09

        I thought the same until I actually used IOS 7 on my older IOS devices and I like it. I miss some things from IOS 6 but I’m satisfied nevertheless. The maps to me looks a lot better and the night mode feature is something they should have done a long time ago.

      • leart za jmi

        repeating what i said before, is a good ios but the design is not good looking, and since you gonna use and see your device every day, is really important to be good and this one it is not

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Some Apple people are just like flies. It’s like when you shits a turd in the forest, after just some seconds they are there.

  • Patrick

    i like IOS 7, when you grow up which hopefully most of you will soon you will understand that JB just adds extra code to the OS making it slower, crappier and crashes more often, i really wish you download some dodgy tweak and get your phone bricked

    • bw00ds

      Wow, doing a little projection, there, Patrick, aren’t you?