iOS-8-update-requested

Apple’s implementation of what appears to be a staged release of iOS 8 could very well explain why adoption numbers have been lower than past rollouts. Reports of iOS 8 having a significantly slower adoption rate than previous iterations of iOS have been attributed to a variety of factors from its large download size to a lack of visible changes, but over yesterday’s rollout, many users saw “Update Requested” messages when trying to update to iOS 8, notifying them they will be alerted once the software has been downloaded and ready to install.

Fiksu reported iOS 8’s 12-hour adoption rate to be at 6.84%, which pales in comparison to iOS 7’s 14.59% adoption rate in the same amount of time. Other trackers including Mixpanel and Appsee report adoption as currently at 14.75% and 15.06% respectively, with rates being much higher in previous years.

Although iOS 8’s adoption numbers could be dampened by a variety of factors, it appears that the most significant of these is that Apple isn’t allowing everyone to download the update simultaneously, unlike past releases. When attempting to update, many users are seeing a message stating that an update has been requested and they have been queued.

Your software update request has been received. You will be notified when the update has been downloaded and is ready to install.

It’s unclear exactly how many people received this message or how Apple alerted them once iOS 8 was available for them to download, but the delayed installations seem to be widespread, and continue to appear today.

https://twitter.com/LukeA_Smith/status/512643324965302272

Apple’s reasons for staging the rollout could vary, but it’s likely due to the massive strain on servers and resources that is inflicted by seeding such a large file to so many devices simultaneously. Releasing the update to smaller segments of users over time would significantly reduce server toil and increase the download speeds for many users.

If your installation of the software has been queued up, an alternative would be to download iOS 8 directly to your computer and update your iOS device via iTunes.

  • Ben Thorne

    Or, some people can’t afford to upgrade to the latest and greatest so their leaving their 4s on iOS7

    • therealjjohnson

      Yeah, that’s probably not it.

    • Adam

      I doubt that. It’s the fact that iOS 8 doesn’t bring a lot of new features to the end user. The same as the iPhone 6. The phone brings nothing new, but there we are buying it like slaves. Apple has to lose a couple of billions so they realize they have to change things.

      The cycle is restarting again. This is close to the iPhone 3G device, then by the iPhone 7 we’ll probably see a brand new device with new design. But as of for now, nothing new. 1GB of ram? Really? Processor from 1.3Ghz to 1.4Ghz? Really Apple?

      • hkgsulphate

        do you think people really that care about the hardware of iDevices as long as they work
        I mean, they aren’t androids.

      • Tommy

        I care. Just like buying a premium car. U don’t expect the next Ferrari 458 successor to just have a bump of 2-3bhp whilst rivals like McLaren and Lambo are doing more. It’s not whether we need them or not. Sometimes it’s better to have it rather than not. Less isn’t always more.

      • Dan

        When you have mortage payments, car payments etc… you tend to weigh the value. Imo, the upgrade was not worth it (for the price) at this point. It’s not a question of android or spec gloating. If the phone had more RAM, a way better camera… I might of been tempted.

      • Not everyone would have upgraded anyway. Some people prefer to wait a few years before upgrading. For example as the owner of an iPhone 5s I had no plans to upgrade whatsoever and will instead likely upgrade at somepoint next year when the iPhone 6s and / or 6s plus? Comes out…

      • mlee19841

        crazy that millions of people don’t think like this. Its a must have that i need it kid feeling back in their life

      • Jess Cartwright

        These updates that you assigned a “kids want” contain highly needed security updates.
        Only and imbecile would not update to new updates as soon as possible.

      • therealjjohnson

        More ram to do what? Is your phone running slow or something?

      • Tommy

        Tell that to a Ferrari driver. More horsepower for what?

      • Dan

        Pages refreshing in safari and apps losing their progress is annoying. True productivity would be nice.

      • therealjjohnson

        Gotcha, that makes more sense than the “Ferrari Horsepower” Tommy gave. I was asking a real question and you answered it. Thanks lol

      • TheShade247

        Remember its not always about mega pixels, its about good sensor. if you have 40 megapixel camera with shitty sensor then all these mega pixels are useless

      • mlee19841

        why people line up year after year like a moth to a flame. Apple really has a cult type following. Millions of people have to update every year for what. Meaning you will be paying close to full price hence you get 2-3 back from your old phone if that.

      • Im curious What would have been the difference if they did add 2 or 3GBs of ram and a 1.5GHz processor? Wouldn’t it still have been the same device… It would have been even faster but still the same device right?

      • TheShade247

        You didn’t get the point, even if you have 4 Gigs of ram and some 8 core processor, but lack of good OS and software optimization, then all this hardware power is useless.

      • Jess Cartwright

        This woul NVER happen on Steve Job’s watch!

  • Jeff Shaver

    Eventually it just started downloading. The message was only there for about… 5-10 minutes.

    • Some users reported the message as remaining for hours.

  • Domodo

    …while most Android devices are running software that is up to two years old. :/

    • Cesar D

      xD

  • Apple should use peer-to-peer technology to distribute their updates. Think how much quicker updates would download if every iOS device (or iTunes on a Mac / PC) was effectively a peer seeding the iOS update to everybody all over the world…

    • Mohammed Sahib

      So the update won’t eat my download bandwidth only, but my upload and people’s data share as well?!

      • Obviously the upload speed would be throttled / limited to not consume too much bandwidth. The point is doing so would provide reliable speeds. For anyone that has ever downloaded a popular film or TV Show from a torrent site you’ll know what I’m referring to. Peer-to-peer technology when implemented properly works and not just works but works well, really well…It works so well in fact that assuming everyone shared equally it only results in faster download speeds the more people download as opposed to slowing down to a snails pace…

    • James Gunaca

      Yeah nothing to worry about by doing that..thus sharing data between peers over cellular networks. Sounds too risky.

      • James Gunaca

        To elaborate, I see how P2P works well when you’re talking about thousands of people sharing it and exchanging data…but we’re talking *millions* here and it looks like there’s some risk involved of doing so. If they aren’t sending all the data to the device, then their reputation is at more risk if something goes wrong that they would otherwise have had control over.

      • It’s not because file integrity can be established relatively easily so the device can tell if a block of data isn’t what it should be and do something about it…

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Just reverted back to iOS 7.1.2 on my 4s.. fresh install.. It’s quite surprising that Apple is still signing iOS 7.1.2
    I dont like the lag.. will wait for iOS 8.1! -.-

    • Star Lord

      My suggestion is to remain on 7.1.2 and jailbroken. By the time they release 8.1 , signing window for 7.1.2 will be closed and if you don’t like 8.1 well, you’re gonna stuck to that.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Yep that’s what i’m gonna do..
        Will think of updating my 4s when 8.1 rolls out in March or near that..
        And jailbreaking.. I’m done with that..
        WIll jailbreak the last iOS 8 update.. maybe 8.1.2 or whatever Apple will give us..
        I’m gonna buy new iPhone 2 years later.. iPhone 7! 😀
        Till then : iPhone 4s – Best iPhone made by Apple ever & the last by Steve too.. 🙁

    • Dan

      do you have to restore to revert back from ios 8 to 7.1.2? (as in not lose data on the phone)

      • leart

        I always save time by time a backup in a winrar with the date and firmware for name, to have it just in case for example if you want to switch from ios 8 to 7.1.2 and your back up is made in ios 8 you can’t use that anymore when you downgrade to 7.1.2 and all your app data, messages and many stuff are gone till you update to ios 8

      • Dan

        Uhm, guess I’m stuck on 8.0 then. Thanks for the info.

        I’ll stay on iOS 8 and keep my data, I’m sure eventually we’ll see a jailbreak, at least on A7 devices.

      • leart

        I made a back up yesterday in ios 7.1.2, updated to ios 8 in my 4s, I noticed that the performance it was horrible and downgraded to ios 7.1.2 restored from back up and my iphone is the exact copy of before ios 8 🙂

      • Dan

        That’s great, wish I’d thought of it. Performance wise my 5S is running 8.0 perfectly, even seems smoother than on 7.1.2. I do miss some tweaks though, which is why I was kind of thinking of downgrading.

        It’s crazy going back to using the home button when I was used to Auxo 2 lol.

      • Rowan09

        Did you ever try isigncloud? If you search for Moviebox it has it as a way to get Moviebox and even Cydia on non-jail broken devices. I’m going to update my 5s and try it later today.

      • Dan

        I had no idea it existed, will check it out, thanks!

      • Dan

        you have to pay 🙁

      • Rowan09

        Got you. I’m going to check it out and let you know what I think. I’m not doing the pirating app thing though.

  • Adam

    No thank you! iOS 8 brings nothing new to the table. Custom keyboards? I have jailbreak. Quick reply? I have Jailbreak. New Accessibility options? I don’t need those. This is a waste of update for me. I don’t use iCloud to store my photos. And the list goes on and on. Good try Apple, but not this time!

    • Tarek

      Yes….because jailbreaks are very stable.
      I stopped jailbreaking a long time ago. didn’t like the instability and weirdness that came along with it. My phone would restart for no apparent reason and slow down.

      Also made updates that much more cumbersome.

      I love iOS8 I think it improved the interface a lot and made things easier to do.

      Enjoy your jailbreak. I am enjoying my iOS 8.

      • KungFu

        Hate to tell ya, but jail breaking doesn’t do any of that crap to your device. It’s what YOU do afterwards, that can make your device run great or like crap. When you have no clue what your doing, it’s best to stay away from jail breaking because, we’ll YOU HAVE NO CLUE. That is all.

      • Tarek

        If you hate to tell me then why did you?

        What you say is obvious. Of course what apps you download after you jailbreak make a difference with how your phone operates. I assumed the implication was obvious when I mentioned about the instability.

        Since it wasn’t, let me be clear. The applications the are available in the cydia marketplace are not vetted as they are on the Apple Store. Many of the applications are not well written and are unstable. They have memory leaks and don’t work well. There are, also, some very well write apps, no doubt.

        My experience was that the few apps that were worth it didn’t justify the jailbreak for me because I had to wade through a bunch of apps that broke the phone. At the state of iOS now, I personally don’t feel I need any tweets to my phone.

        Having said this, I appreciate very much the presence of the jailbreak community. It provides good competition to the development teams in apple to improve iOS.

  • Murat Özakat

    I think one of the main reason of slow adoption rate is “5.8GB”

  • sdhn

    They prepared for this and not the September Event?

  • therealjjohnson

    That and everyone waiting for their new phones tomorrow.

  • Cesar D

    I tried downloading it but it was too slow and it sometimes said: “Failed to download”.

    And then it had to start again. Today i just downloaded it with no problems. I think the main problem of the slow adoption rate was that Apple’s servers were so damn screwed up that al lot could’t download it in time :/

    • leart

      If you want to update just download the IPSW and shift+update why you are going through the sh+t of a OTA update ??

  • Charles

    Who’s gonna start waiting inline today? I’m going to be lining up tonight in front of Bestbuy to get the iPhone 6 Plus 64gb

  • Dao Sasone

    It sucs dat apple allow u to update but no downgrade. Each ios runs differently on each devices.

    • Julian Gigola

      They want us to have the latest and greatest!

      • Adam

        What is “greatest”? As far as of what I know, having a software that slows down your device is not the “greatest”.

      • Tarek

        Its optimized, obviously, for the newer hardware. It slows down only on the 4 and 4s not on 5 or 5s or 5c. I assume it will be no issue on 6.

        This is the nature of software and hardware. The newer software will always be made to work better with the newer features in the hardware.

        Otherwise we would all be stuck with infinitely backwards compatible software and not making use of the newer features hardwarewise.

        I am good with the change and understand it.

      • KungFu

        Gullible isheep you are, lol.

      • Tarek

        Software developer and QA I be.

        If you don’t like apple products, why are you using them? If you like using apple products with jailbreaks and older iOS, that’s fine.

        Why do you insult others?

      • KungFu

        You simply seem to have a very strong (yet quite ignorant) opinion on the platform software and jail breaking in general. It’s unwise to spread fud about things you have no clue about and/or to impressions young ones who could otherwise benefit from experimentation. Just think before speaking is basically what I’m saying.

      • Tarek

        Thank you for your comments.
        No point in discussions that insult people or attempt to control people’s right to speak.
        Peace.

  • Rowan09

    I tried last night but it would take me 58 hrs. I’ll try today.

    • Dan

      wow I downloaded in 10 minutes last night

  • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

    A lot of people I know haven’t bothered because it requires about 4.8gb of space in order to download, a lot of people don’t have that space available, They are all aware you can update via itunes but just seems like olden days needing to use a computer

    • leart

      C’mon just download the right IPSW shift+update and that’s it, why people tend always to go for the hard way? 🙂

      • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

        OTA is always the easiest method, but yeah it’s not rocket science I agree.

      • leart

        Ota is good when is a small update not like this one with gb of data to be processed inside the phone, for my opinion this update is not a good idea to be seeded OTA

  • Franklin Richards

    Is anyone having trouble updating apps? I’ve been watching my Facebook Messenger app trying to update itself continuously for the past hour.

    • Anthony Snyder

      Seems to be a server problem. It got resolved for me after Paper updated for the 16th time.

      • Franklin Richards

        I ended up just forcing the update with iTunes using my mac.

  • 000o

    i got this message but then i downloaded it manually and installed with itunes (just google download ipsw)

  • JS3

    is there a way to turn off the calls that come in to my phone and my ipad at the same time? i dont want to have the call come to my ipad every time.??

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Turnoff Handoff in settings.. This will work 🙂

  • Matt

    Don’t know about you, but one of my reasons not to update is “Jailbreak”

  • tastydisqus

    My guess is alot of people don’t have 5GB of free space to do the OTA.

  • Tarek

    Had no trouble updating my phone over wireless yesterday afternoon. Took about one hour, even though it said 2 and 3 hours.

    When I got home I did my iPad. No issues. 30 minutes.

    Only glitch I noticed this morning was that my keyboard shortcuts got wiped on the phone. I will check my iPad tonight.

  • @dongiuj

    Or maybe it’s the fact that the first version of every new iOS always has the worst problems so a lot of people are just waiting until the reviews role in.
    Or maybe people getting the iPhone 6/plus can’t be bothered to update their older phones.

  • Pablo

    is signing window for 7.1.2 (iphone 4s) still open?

  • Alberto Espinal

    Nope thats not the reason! Its because everybody else is jailbroken, LOL! Just a joke!

  • Joshua Gomez

    It’s been this way for 4 hours. PATHETIC! Boooo Apple. Disgraceful.

  • Joshua Gomez

    35 hours