iOS 8 adoption (Apple, 46 percent devices)

Less than a week following its September 17 release, Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile software is installed on 46 percent of all active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in the wild that have accessed the App Store recently, reveals a dashboard on the Apple Developers website.

At the same time, the number of devices running the iOS 7 software has dropped to 49 percent as of September 21, with older iOS versions grabbing a meager five percent share.

It would also seem that iOS 8’s release has slowed down the App Store review team somewhat as only 74 percent of app updates and 53 percent of new apps have been reviewed in the past seen days.

iOS 8 adoption rates are based on access to the App Store on September 21, 2014. By comparison, advertising network Chitika estimated last year that iOS 7 was found on 52 percent of devices in the wild following its first full week of availability.

The software hit a cool 87 percent share in April, ahead of WWDC 2014, according to Apple’s App Store data, and 90 percent a week before the conference.

Although official iOS 8 adoption rate numbers suggest that people are not as eager to check out iOS 8 as they were when iOS 7 debuted a year ago, it should be noted that Apple’s staged rollout of iOS 8 has certainly played a factor here.

For starters, the Cupertino firm did not let everyone download the update simultaneously, unlike past releases. More importantly, the massive upgrade which weighs in at more than one gigabyte that pushed to user’s devices requires additional storage space to install.

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With many people’s devices packed to the gills with photos, videos, apps and other content, some folks wouldn’t even receive the on-the-fly update while others would see the installer sitting in the Settings app but couldn’t apply it due to insufficient storage space.

iOS 8 is also exhibiting a number of teething issues, with complaints ranging from poor Wi-Fi performance to a drastic battery drain, incompatibility issues and app crashes.

According to a questionable report from ZDNet citing third-party data, iOS 8 crash rate is 78 percent higher than iOS 7. The vast majority of issues like the battery drain and crashing can be resolved by performing a clean install in iTunes, which doesn’t require extra space as opposed to performing an on-device upgrade to iOS 8.

I myself have experienced abysmal battery life after upgrading to iOS 8 so I performed a clean install of the software in iTunes which has solved my battery woes.

To perform an over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8 on your device, choose Software Update under Settings > General. Should you rather performa a clean install, connect your device to iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC, perform a full backup just in case and then click the Restore button.

iTunes will download the latest iOS edition available, wipe all the data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and then install iOS 8 from scratch.

And if you ever decide to go back, Apple has made it easy to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7 — just follow  Jeff’s useful tutorial.

[App Store via MacRumors]

  • Chetan

    I will wait for Jailbreak!!!

  • Caegs

    The only reason I’m on iOS 8 is because the iPhone 6+ doesn’t come in iOS 7…

    • Jason Baroni

      Is the iOS 8 that bad on 6 Plus?

      • no jailbreak is enough for me not to even buy one (yet)

      • Mike

        Well you don’t get the benefits of a jailbreak so that’s always a disappointment for newly released devices.

      • Jason Baroni

        Sure. There is no other way if you buy a new iPhone soon. But I thought it was too buggy for the 6 Plus.

      • Caegs

        I enjoy the hardware but I dislike the software limitations and miss my jailbreak. There’s swiftkey which is a temporary fix for nin type but stock iOS lacks video pane, activator, iFile, etc.

      • Jason Baroni

        That’s true. Swiftkey is really beta on the iOS 8 the way it is now.

      • zachf914

        Apple would never make a stock app like iFile except for maybe Devs.Don’t get your hopes up.


    Holy crap. Now compare that to android adoption.

    • Dan

      Apples and oranges, it can’t be compared.

      • Capirexz


      • Dan

        iOS is pushed to the iPhone directly. When android is updated, it depends on the countless models of android phones, has to be approved by carriers, some phone providers add their bloat to it (ie: samsung). So yeah, it’s dumb to compare since it will never be the same. Apple will always be above, there’s no competition.

      • im2slick4u

        iOS needs to be approved by carriers

      • Dan

        Didn’t know that. Seems to be super quick. They don’t add anything to it I guess

      • Tyler Smith

        because they dont need too

      • Saeed ghattas

        In other words, the majority of the android devices are not supported for any new android update.

      • im2slick4u

        They actually do, there are carrier specific options under the “Phone” and “Personal Hotspot” sections of Settings and the Phone app. Like Verizon uses a different Visual Voicemail system than other carriers. Those changes are all made by carrier developers, not Apple. Also, in carriers that support Wifi calling, TMobile being a major one, they made a new setting section for Wifi Calling under the Bluetooth or VPN depending on how your phone is configured. TMobile created that, not Apple.

      • Niclas

        Not “made by carrier developers”. Enabled by carriers.
        Apple makes the software.

      • im2slick4u

        Apple doesn’t build carrier specific portions of iOS, just like Samsung doesn’t build all of the stock apps relating to the specific carrier. Apple gives a beta build to carriers and they get to implement minor features and have Apple approve them.

      • Niclas

        Incorrect. Apple allows no carrier to alter the software, carriers get to enable the functions Apple have developed in the software. End of story.

        Apple is not Samsung.

        Other manufacturers often let the carriers add whatever they want (more or less). This is NOT the case with Apple.

      • @dongiuj

        How’s that? My iPhone 5 is on wifi only since a year and a half ago (cancelled my contract and it’s locked to one provider) but every update has been pushed through on it. So I would imagine ios doesn’t need to be approved.

      • Niclas

        IOS products does not update them selfs. You get the notification on the settings icon and a pop up. Thats it.

      • Capirexz

        Ahh, I get it now. Thanks

    • MagicDrumSticks

      You’re quite ignorant for making such a statement. First of all, Apple pretty much forces users to upgrade to the latest ios, and average iOS users are less technical than the average android user, therefore they just update without really knowing what they are doing.

      On the flip side, Android gives you the ability to downgrade to an earlier android version. All this crap about how android phones don’t get support for new OS versions is crap, you can easily update either by root, or custom rom. Though you being an iOS user, you probably don’t know how to do that anyway.

      • Rowan09

        Apple doesn’t force people to update where is that memo? Google pushes out updates as it sees fit and even some Google devices gets updates at different times. Rooting is hacking so you can’t compare rooting to OTA updates from Apple. Apple does a better job at offering software updates than Google. It is what it is no big deal.

      • Saeed ghattas

        So I think he is saying that the average person wouldn’t know how to upgrade, hmmm I think the majority of people in this world ARE average people, so they shouldn’t get an android. Interesting!
        So android Was made only for 10000 people who know how to hack, sorry…ROOT their android devices and force the upgrade?

      • Rowan09

        Lol. People always confuse user friendly (IOS), with non user friendly (Android) as only for techies. I like Android but prefer IOS, Android is just not user friendly. Most people as you stated with an Android don’t know anything about rooting, just like most IOS users don’t jailbreak.

      • J. Rockwell

        ‘Apple forces users to upgrade to the latest iOS’

        and you are saying his statement is ignorant? The irony!

  • Philip

    The other half contains of dudes that don’t care, care but can’t OTA update due to not enough space and jailbreakers

  • leart

    I never understand those numbers, is about devices that can update to ios 8 or is about all idevices including older devices that can’t update??
    I currently own:
    iphone 4 – ios 6.1.3
    iphone 4s – ios 7.1.1
    ipod 4g – ios 6.1.2
    ipad 1 – ios 5.1.1

    • Juan F. Aguayo

      those numbers are:
      “version or huge changes”.”Update and news minor things”.”minor bug fix”
      that is a simple way to understand

  • Flybynight

    Two days ago I updated my iPad 4 to iOS 8. I did a restore and update through iTunes. That didn’t stop some annoying bugs. I wasn’t able to do four fingers swipes even with reboots. It magically came back a couple of hours later. I had some springboards in Pages and Notes. Hmm, too unstable. This morning I was able to restore back to iOS 7.2.1, jailbreak again, and I’m happy. Plus, my eyes sorely missed f.lux. Thanks iDownload for the downgrade info. Glad I didn’t miss that window.

  • uadafak

    Nearly half of iOS devices in the wild run iOS 8 but can Nearly half of iOS devices in the wild run iOS 8? ops

  • Rowan09

    I have absolutely no issue with IOS 8 on my 5s and my battery life is a lot better.

  • What I read:
    Half of iOS devices in the wild DON’T HAVE JAILBREAK.


    I need ios 8.0.1.. to many bugs on my iphone 6

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    ”Nearly half of iOS devices in the wild run iOS 8”
    Thats what came to my mind when reading the title xD

  • no one notice the mistake in the title

  • WolfgangHoltz

    And who cares about this information may be the Apple clowns willing to beta test Apple’s latest but not greatest iOS