iOS 9 adoption slowing, stays at 77% of devices

By , Feb 24, 2016

iOS 9 adoption rate 77 percent

The adoption rate of iOS 9 appears to be stalling at 77 percent of devices, according to the most recent stats published on Apple’s dashboard for developers. The figure was derived from device logs capturing iOS hardware that has accessed the App Store on February 22, and is literally unchanged from the same 77 percent mark recorded two weeks ago.

iOS 8 continues to comprise seventeen percent of devices while older editions of iOS accounted for six percent of devices—again, same as two weeks ago.

The numbers indicate that either iPhone sales are slowing, or that owners of existing devices are not updating to iOS 9 as often as before, or both. The iPhone is prone to seasonality so sales typically taper off after the September and December quarters.

During its most recent earnings call, Apple said its active installed base has passed one billion total iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch devices.

The most recent adoption rates for Android, captured on February 1, reveal that Android 6.0 Marshmallow now runs on a mere 1.2 percent of Android smartphones and tablets.

KitKat and Lollipop editions accounted for a combined 69.6 percent of active devices in the wild. Android data was collected during a seven-day period ending on February 1, 2016 by logging devices that have actually visited the Google Play Store app.

Android adoption rate 02012016

Since the Play store app supports Android 2.2 and above, devices running older versions are not included, nor is included Android hardware powered by forked versions of Android (such as Amazon’s Fire devices) or devices that come preloaded with third-party application stores, like tens of millions of smartphones and tablets sold in China.

Source: Apple

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  • Daniel Waske

    I should’ve kept iOS 8.4 (or even better, iOS 7.1.2) on my iPad 2 since even with a freshly restored iOS 9.2 it became so unbearably slow that sometimes I’d just like to throw the thing out of the window… 🙁 I guess a lot of people don’t update to iOS 9 for this reason and they’re right!

    • leart

      my ipad 2 was the same on 8.4 like it is now on 9.2.1. almost unusable … hoping for 9.3 to bring some love for older devices … from some videos on YouTube, 9.3 looks promising

    • leart

      with a jailbreak you can downgrade to 8.4.1 with Odysseus ota

      • Daniel Waske

        ok this is very a very interesting option, thanks man! I still hope iOS 9.3 finally fixes the speed issues of A5-powered devices though so I can keep using the latest iOS – hope dies last I guess…

  • Guilherme 

    The reason for this is because there’s no Jailbreak yet for iOS 9.3. Once it gets here, this will probably rise up to 95% I guess.

    • 5723alex .

      I don’t think that there are more then 1% of (jail) breakers.

      • I Didn’t Do It

        exactly lol he is lost. its just ios 9 isnt as needed or different as ios 7 was when it first came out.

      • Guilherme 

        You’re right, I exaggerated way too much lol

  • iPhoneWINS

    I don think we will see another break until iPhone 7 is out …

  • Newgunnerr

    Do we really need a new article every time iOS 9 gains a few extra % users?

    • Shinonuke


  • rockdude094

    Who would want to update and get a slower phone … not me

  • justme

    My iPad 2 downgraded from iOS9 to iOS6 is on that 6% LOL!

    still running more faster than my other iPad 4 with iOS9.
    I downgraded because you know, iOS6 “just works” and it’s true!
    and get rid the ridiculous music player they put starting on iOS7, I love the “itunes like” iOS6 music player, just like iTunes touch version..

    the last smoothly iOS Steve Jobs gave us…

  • czbird

    No more JB, no more adoption.