Official: iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

By , Dec 6, 2013

iOS 7 teaser (iPhone 5c ad 009)

If you had any any doubts concerning popularity of the iOS 7 which caused – and continues to cause – quite a commotion among the punditry with its light design, here’s your wake up call. According to Apple’s official data, iOS 7 is now installed on more than three-quarters of iOS devices in active use.

Specifically, Apple’s data indicates a 74 percent adoption rate for iOS 7 as of December 1. Apple released iOS 7 on September 18, 2013.

The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate is a huge share no matter how you look at it, especially versus the 22 percent seen by iOS 6. The company put the older iOS versions at just four percent.

By comparison, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently installed on a meager 1.1 percent of Android devices. That the iPhone maker has been able to put iOS 7 on three out of each four devices in the wild in less than three months iOS 7 has been on the market is nothing short of phenomenal…

As measured by the App Store during a seven‑day period ending December 1, 74 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the wild were using iOS 7. To put it bluntly, three out of each four iOS devices you see in active use today run Apple’s latest and controversial mobile operating system.

iOS 7 adoption rate (Apple chart, 20131201)

Apple’s official numbers have been corroborated by ad network Chitika, which on Wednesday posted its analysis of iOS device Internet traffic that found iOS 7 installed on 74.1 percent of devices during the three-week period between October 25 and November 18, versus 22.4 percent for iOS.

Chitika iOS adoption rates 201312

Interestingly enough, Chitika found that nine percent of iPads in active use were still using iOS 5. The numbers indicate that iPhone and iPad users update at extremely high rates, Chitika noted.

“While still-active legacy devices make it unlikely for iOS 7 adoption to substantially surpass the nearly 90 percent adoption rate of iOS 6, the latest operating system will likely reach that point in a much quicker timeframe than its forerunner,” the ad firm noted.

Chitika iOS iPad adoption rates 201312

At the same time, Google’s Android continues to suffer from device  fragmentation, although the Internet giant has moved to solve the ongoing issue with the recent release of Android 4.4 KitKat, which was designed to run smoothly on lower-specc’d hardware.

Here’s a snapshot of the Android version distribution by Google.

Android adoption rate (Google chart, 20131203)

Google’s data was collected during a seven-day period ending on December 2, 2013.

Please note that Google only counts devices that access its Play store, which rules out forked Android builds such as Amazon’s Kindle.

More importantly, Google’s data doesn’t take into account a vast army of dirt cheap devices by no-name Chinese vendors that don’t come preloaded with Google services at all and thereby are unable to run the Play store.

Is iOS 7 installed on your devices?

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  • S2k03

    Nope!

  • Yash Gorana

    I belong to the 22% part. *Duh… iPod Touch 4*

    I’m happy cause I’m not running iOS 7, but I’m sad because I’m not running iOS 7.

    • Σαλαη αββας

      I read it 5 times to realize that your mind is f*cked-up

      • Yash Gorana

        HAHAHA ! EPIC !

    • chumawumba

      That makes no sense

    • So optimistic

      Happy because they still have the jb, and sad because no jb is available for ios7!? Haha

      • Yash Gorana

        Si.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    If only tht elusive JB would emerge.

    • Daniel Eliasson

      stop whining and wait till its there.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Well Daniel, since the statement I made was the furthest thing from whining, I can only assume u r of very very limited intelligence. So in short, go fck urself.

      • Daniel Eliasson

        tfw master troled

  • David Diaz Escandon

    iPhone 5s iOS 7 not big deal, iPad 3 shuuu iOS 7 you´re drunk, leave your older not buggy brother do his magic

    • mehrab

      Ios 7.1 fixes all the lag

  • So optimistic

    I like iOS 7 on the 5s, but still want the JB.

    • chumawumba

      Still in early stages, but I did it

      • sriram varadarajulu

        Dude you a hacker? coz if you are any idea when the jailbreak for ios 7 might come?

      • chumawumba

        It’s been made for a while now, it just hasn’t been released to the public yet due to multiple bugs.

      • sriram varadarajulu

        seriously?? any idea where i can news bout this stuff? and what are all the tweaks compatible with ios 7?

      • chumawumba

        You can keep up to date by following the jailbreakers on twitter. (iH8n0w, evad3rs, Wincocm, etc) and as of now 70% of tweaks are incompatible, including winterboard and activator

      • Jo

        I also did it

      • Daniel Eliasson

        Bullshit. Cydia logo looks different on iOS 7. Stop trying to fool us man.

      • chumawumba

        Oh really? What does it look like then?

      • John Sklikas

        Why don’t you upload an image of Cydia running? I am a developer of jailbreak tweaks and jailbroke my iPhone 4 with ragebreak, though this is a different story. Your device has 5 rows and consequently it is a 5 or a 5s, so it can’t be tethered. I smell bs, the devs don’t share access, even to friends and I know it because a friend of me knows winocm and he doesn’t share it. Nice try, but you failed. You just can’t fool developers, sorry…

  • bobism

    IOS7 is still IOS and as such it need a jailbreakk.. i am so spoiled but the jailbreak features

    • chumawumba

      Wait a few weeks, it’s coming

  • thetomthebomb

    Yes!

  • Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Those 22% on iOS 6 = Jailbreak users ;)

    • bobism

      Mee!

      • Simche Apple Konstantinovic

        Me too :D iPad 2 happily jailbroken on iOS 6.1.2 ^^

    • blastingbigairs

      Me too, every iDevice I own is JB on 6.1.2. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • chumawumba

    I finally jailbroke iOS 7.

    5s.

    • mehrab

      Good for you

    • Question

      Soo fake… U probably bookmarked the icon to your homescreen.

    • So optimistic

      Let us see the jb ios7 in action that you say you’ve “jailbroken”.

    • Luis M. Maldonado

      FAKE… don’t you have anything better to do??.. the name of the image is “Original.JPG”, it means that the screenshot was probably edited.. iOS use the format PNG for screenshots!

      • chumawumba

        All images uploaded on disqus are saved as original.jpg. Try it.

    • Jo

      Will you claim the 4 thousand bucks?

      • chumawumba

        There is a reason it is not released to the public.

    • Daniel Eliasson

      fake as hell

      • Σαλαη αββας

        Hell isn’t fake ,… I ,Iive there

    • Bieberkinz

      Bull. I can do that too. Prove it by showing Cydia by showing us iOS 7.x.x running on something past iPhone 4 on the device

      • Jonathan

        Somehow your icon looks a little different.

      • Bieberkinz

        Here’s a better picture but with the same look as his.

      • Bieberkinz

        Idk if I posted the pic….

      • Jonathan

        Now that looks orignal. :)

    • dedegarrido

      Troll…. LOL of course it is fake ppl… he just bookmarket the cydia icon from google…

    • John Sklikas

      Why don’t you upload an image of Cydia running? I am a developer of jailbreak tweaks and jailbroke my iPhone 4 with ragebreak, though this is a different story. Your device has 5 rows and consequently it is a 5 or a 5s (there is a Phone app), so it can’t be tethered. I smell bs, the devs don’t share access, even to friends and I know it because a friend of me knows winocm and he doesn’t share it. Nice try, but you failed. You just can’t fool a developer, sorry…

  • Kevin Prusinowski

    iOS 5 on my ipod 4G.

  • Kartik Dhawan

    When I was reading the heading “Official: iOS 7″ I was like OMG the jailbreak is here and….

  • Navaz Sayani

    Rest 26% are jailbreak lovers.

  • Jo

    iOS Seven? More like iOS Heaven! Haha jk

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Would be really interesting to see the numbers if Apple does not control the state of the installation of previous iOS versions.
    But since Apple has control over the iOS version that you can install on almost all iDevices these figures are completely bland.

  • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

    I am still on ios 5.1.1. on my 4s.

  • Dani Hayes

    I just upgraded to iOS 7 and like it. I do miss a few jailbreak though. Swipe selection, dismiss keyboard, zephyr, check,