iOS 8 adoption rate 81 percent

After experiencing a slowdown following a record-smashing Christmas quarter, the rate of iOS 8 adoption is notably picking up speed again.

According to the official App Store Distribution dashboard, publicly available on Apple’s portal for developers, about 81 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild are now running iOS 8.0 and later. Jut two weeks ago, the pace of iOS 8 adoption stood at 79 percent of active devices.

A notable uptick could be explained by the Apple Watch, which requires the iPhone 5 and later running iOS 8.2 and later. For those wondering, Apple measures active devices by monitoring iPhones, iPads and iPods that access the App Store.

Some seventeen percent of devices are still using iOS 7, as measured by the App Store on April 27, 2015, representing a two-point decrease from the nineteen percent of iOS 7 devices two weeks ago.

The stats likely indicate that the bulk of growth in terms of iOS 8 adoption rate over the past two weeks came from people who’ve upgraded from iOS 7 — again, likely in order to be able to use their brand new Apple Watch.

As you know, the Apple Watch as an iPhone companion requires the Apple Watch companion app, which in turn is compatible with iOS 8.2 and later.

Two percent of devices are still on iOS editions older than iOS 7.

Source: Apple

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Anything to mention the watch. Haha. Love it.

  • J M

    This is the most misleading title. You have zero proof to say that the increase is from the Apple Watch, you can speculate it is, but to definitively state in the title that the Apple Watch pushes the adoption rate up is just inaccurate journalism. Don’t be sloppy just to have “Apple Watch” in the title of the article guys!

    • Brandon

      normally I would have to agree but this is a pretty big coincidence otherwise lol.

      • J M

        Coincidence or not, the fact is that it’s inaccurate to state in the title that apple watch is responsible for the increase (especially when all throughout the article it’s “could be”s and “likely”s)

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I doubt it. Not many watches are out in the wild… actually wouldn’t make sense

  • leart

    I’m on “earlier”

  • dudewassup

    let’s be honest, it was probably the new emojis. I know a couple people who updated only after hearing there’s new emojis. not one of these people care about that watch

  • Shams

    Anything between iOS 4.3 and 5.0 is the best because Apple still had or original Maps and YouTube without ads. I wish I had not upgraded. Oh well. It is what it is.

    • Ytuns

      That Youtube app is not working anymore because Google change the API.

      • Shams

        Yes I know. I just merely saying those iOS version I like. My all time favourite.

    • That map is still bitmap based, not vector based because of google’s limitations.

      You might feel nostalgic about those versions, but trust me, you won’t be able to stand it now. Unable to unlock when syncing with iTunes? Safari that can only open 8 pages? No control center? No swipe to go back? I don’t miss any of that.