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Apple on Monday refreshed iOS usage numbers, publicly available via the App Store Distribution section of its portal for developers. As measured by the App Store during a seven‑day period ending March 23, 2014, 85 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild were on iOS 7 or later.

Twelve percent of devices, or about one out of each eight iOS devices, are running iOS 6, with just three percent of active devices having remained stuck on older versions of Apple’s mobile operating system…

You can check out the stats yourself here.

iOS usage stats (20140324)

To put the latest stats in context, Apple o December 6, 2013 said that iOS adoption hit the 74 percent mark. As a reminder, Apple released iOS 7 on September 18, 2013.

And on January 27, 2014, 80 percent of iOS devices were on iOS 7. That only an additional five percent of device owners have upgraded to iOS 7 in nearly two months could be a sign of a slowdown in iOS 7 adoption.

The slowdown of course is to be expected as it’s been six months since iOS 7 debuted. One needs look no further than Google’s official Android version distribution.

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Based on data collected during a seven-day period ending on March 3, 2014, 62 percent of devices that accessed Play Store had Android Jelly Bean installed and 35.5 percent were on earlier releases.

Just 2.5 percent devices ran Android KitKat, the latest and greatest version of Android.

Some caveats from Google:

Because this data is gathered from the new Google Play Store app, which supports Android 2.2 and above, devices running older versions are not included.

However, in August, 2013, versions older than Android 2.2 accounted for about one percent of devices that checked in to Google servers (not those that actually visited Google Play Store).

Regardless, Google’s platform has always lagged behind iOS in terms of OS and device fragmentation and the latest stats exemplify the fact.

It should be noted that Apple is also making updates easy by delivering firmware upgrades over the air and requiring that both new app submissions and updates to existing apps be compiled against iOS 7.

  • Jonathan

    There’s jailbreak for iOS 7, there’s users for iOS 7.

    • YalllSuckBallz


  • David Gitman

    iOS 6 users must be iphone 4 users

    • Martin

      I am one of them

      • David Gitman

        Enjoy 😀

      • leart

        4s 😉

      • leart

        The interesting thing of ip4 is that can downgrade 🙂

    • The Reality

      iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.3. Fk that ugly ass iOS 7. My iPhone 5 is beautiful on iOS 6. Lol your garbage themes on iOS 7 are a joke. Have fun having your eyes fried like eggs with that blinding white and icons designed by 2 year olds.

      • XboxOne

        What are you 10?

      • The Reality

        Said I to the iOS 7 design team.

      • David Gitman

        I agree. But I am using 5S so I cant go to iOS 6.. so Enjoy as much as you can

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        I have a jailbroken iphone 5 running iOS 7 themed with iOS 6 icons. All the functionality of iOS 7 with all of the beauty of iOS 6. The best of both worlds 🙂

      • David Gitman

        I have 7.1 and no regrets 😀

      • Muhammad Kanj

        So the 2007 theme is better than iOS 7 ! WHAT A JOKE !
        yes the icons of the new OS isn’t the best but it’s way better than the old ones and staying on the iOS 6 is worthless.

    • Marcus Gomita

      iPhone 4 can have iOS 7. I have a 4 and I have iOS 7.

      • David Gitman

        I know.. I ment for people who were downgrading/ not updating because of the performence

      • TDD140

        iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 4 is a vast improvement in performance over earlier iOS 7 versions, almost matching the performance it had on iOS 6.1.3. It’s nice actually

      • leart

        I tested 7.1 on my iphone 4 and I can confirm that is not even close of the speed on ios 6.1.3 which it is very bad in comparison of ios 5 or even ios 6.0.1
        Every new firmware ok brings something new for newer devices, but for sure are designed to make older devices to run slow.
        Example, my ip4 now it’s jailbroken on 6.1.3 and I have almost all features of 7.1 but its running double time faster…

      • TDD140

        Interesting. I guess 7.1 runs a little differently for everyone I guess.

      • Marcus Gomita


    • Adithya Sairam

      Or iPod 4, iPhone 3GS, or iPad 1 mostly.

      • leart

        Ios 5.1.1 is the last update for ipad 1

    • workin

      According to Tim Jong Il Cook 99% have drank the new Kool-aid

  • El Barto

    I’m proud to be in both majority and minority. I’ve got iOS 7 on a device, and one on 5.

    • TDD140

      Ha, same here! iPhone 5C on iOS 7.0.6 and iPod touch 2nd gen on 3.1.3!

  • Rowan09

    Still on IOS 6 on my iPad 3rd Gen, since Safari Enabler wasn’t available for IOS 7 and as soon as it’s available 7.1 comes out.

  • leart

    My 3 apple devices are on that 12%, ok my ipod 4g cant update but i am not sad about that 🙂

  • Mindskap

    There you go

    • BozzyB

      So there you go with the fragmentation. In comparison with the dot releases of Android it’s – I wouldn’t claim to be it the same – but it’s going in the same direction. Also with Android the big differences are between 2.x and 4.x.
      Further it should be considered that Google Services are updated automatically also on old 2.x devices and alot of Google (System) Apps like Keyboard, Kalendar, Gmail, Google Search, Device Manager etc. are updated through the Play Store in addition. Even the Playstore updates itself so you always have a up-to-date System. So it is not quite the same like you just run an outdated version of e.g. iOS. A device with Android 2.x.x on it runs actually up-to-date system components.
      But of course – newer versions are always better.

  • Domodo

    Comparing iOS to Android? Really? You really want to go down that road?

    • Muhammad Kanj

      Android isn’t bad. actually Android is way better than iOS in features. the problem in Android is performance and the quality in apps once they fix that they will pass iOS if apple didn’t do anything.

  • Marcus Gomita

    The iPhone 4 is $499 to buy outright, $199 to upgrade your existing iPhone, and if you don’t want one at all, it’s $99. – Jimmy Kimmel

  • Alan

    Not gonna lie if I could get ios 6 on my 5S I would, ios will never be the same for us long time ios users 🙁

    • Agru

      I’m on ios since 2.0 (but i’ve jailbroken some 1.x) and I love ios 7 except for the icons

  • mordechai eliyahu

    iphone 4s and ipad still on ios 5.1.1 i didnt upgrade bec some apps i have like MR. Number ( reverse caller id for cellphones) is only compatible with ios 5.1.1

  • If Apple could let us downgrade then the number of people using iOS 7 would be lower. And I am the 1.2% of people that still uses Android 2.2.

  • Me

    Go to google and search ‘WhiteD00r 7’ without quotes if u have iPhone 3GS, 2GS, iPod Touch 1G or 2G, future updates for iPod 4G etc may come, but for now I LOVE MY IPHONE 3 WITH IOS 7!!! Well,
    It’s not the real one but its better than any cydia tweak, seriously, try it, it comes with cydia, AppStore (derp of course) and a special app that is impossible to get anywhere else (the name escapes me) that u can get iOS 7 apps (or any other unsupported apps for any iOS)

  • i have !

  • Reed10

    I’m among the 12% still using iOS 6. I’m gonna hold out as long as I can.