adoption rate ios 8 december 9

Apple noted today on its developer portal that 63% of iOS devices are now running iOS 8. The data, which was measured by the App Store on December 8, 2014, shows that the adoption rate has gained 3 percentage points since November 24, which was the last time Apple shared that data. Although the adoption rate of iOS 8 has been slower than previous major annual software releases, it seems that it’s slowly but surely picking up steam. 

In terms of adoption rate of previous software versions, iOS 7 is a distant number 2 with 33%, and iOS 6 and earlier versions represent a small 4%.

For comparison, at about the same time last year, iOS 7 adoption rate was at 74%. This is a stark difference that can be explained by the fact that iOS 8 requires about 2GB of free space on devices in order to download and install. But with the incremental updates released lately that offer arrays of bug fixes (iOS 8.1.2 was released this morning), it appears that people have been able to make room on their devices, or they simply updated via iTunes, an easy way to update to the latest software regardless of storage space available on the device.

Adoption rate is calculated only for devices capable of running iOS 8, meaning that the iPhone 3G for example isn’t taken into account since it cannot run iOS 8.

  • Joseph Plunkett

    I think a lack of visual difference from iOS 7 reduces its allure to non-technical users. That said, I am very much enjoying iOS 8.1.1 Jailbroken with TaiG.

    • Andrew

      Have you noticed any issues with it? I’m thinking about upgrading while I can.

    • Antzboogie

      Is Cydia running smooth on TaiG? Because I heard it’s slightly modified.

  • A’s Network

    I still have an iPad 2 and iPhone 4 on iOS 6, an iPhone 4 and two iPhone 5’s on iOS 7, and an iPod touch 5 on iOS 8. I am not going to upgrade anything until my jailbreak tweaks get upgraded and it stops being slow.

  • Cody

    What are they basing this on? iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s? Because I am sure as hell that there is a lot of people using an “earlier” version of iOS as well. Not only the 4% that is stated on the chart.

  • Jonathan

    I have 2 devices in that 4%. 😛

  • singhay559

    Piece of shit ios 8. So dam buggy. Even on the iph6. My phone freeze and reboot randomly.

    • Cameron Nelms

      I have no problems at all
      For some reason some people are having the worst experience with iOS 8

      • rockdude094

        It’s actually much worse than iOS 7. I’d like to call out the auto rotation.. It’s one feature that you have no idea if it’s working or not.

  • motti

    Ipad still on iOS 5.1.1

    • rockdude094

      Stay there !!!!!! Do not update what so ever … You’re in heaven land

  • rockdude094

    iOS 6 would be 40% if they allowed downgrading. I would be one of them lol

    • WolfgangHoltz

      I don’t think 40% because most iDevice users don’t think, sadly they just do as Apple say they should do.

    • leart

      My iphone 4 had that choice 😀

      • rockdude094

        TELL ME YOUR SECRET ! How did you get it back ?

      • leart

        Iphone 4 and below can downgrade using shsh blobs.
        Lately a method without shshblobs is available but is tethered (not worthing)

      • rockdude094

        I looked everywhere for these shsh blobs, but couldn’t find them. I ended up getting a 5s last year and my iPhone 4 is still laying there and I really want to downgrade my 4. Do you know where I can get them ?

      • leart

        It’s to late now, shshblobs basically are the code that apple generate for each device to sign (allow) to every firmware to be installed on the device, like a digital pass, you must save them in the time when that firmware is the latest one, once a new is pushed out apple usually stops to seed signs (shshblobs) for the older firmware, you must grab them before that firmware stops to be the latest.
        So you are 1.5 year late for ios 6.1.3 🙂

      • rockdude094

        Oh god if only I knew
        Thanks for the info m8

      • Sleetui

        iPhone 4 iOS 6 is the best, iOS 7…well…..

      • leart

        haha, i like the part … well .. 😉

  • WolfgangHoltz

    And that figure will not rise much either. The reason it’s so high is because Apple have the signing madness and more or less forces people to update.
    Look at today’s iOS 8.1.2 update, a new iOS version just to correct some ringtone problem.

    • Apple doesn’t force you to update at least not since iOS 7. Below iOS 7 Apple used to download the firmware automatically if storage space allowed and would not let you delete it. Now I don’t think it downloads automatically and they also allow you to delete it off the device…

  • Nathan

    I miss iOS 6!

    • rockdude094

      Everyone does

  • hiramwalker

    If you have a 16 gb device on IOS 7 and have less than 4.5 Gb free, then you don’t have enough space to upgrade.