Chitika: iOS 6 now accounts for 83% of all North American iOS traffic

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With Apple releasing iOS 6.1.1 earlier this week—just two weeks after releasing iOS 6.1—ad network Chitika wanted to take a look and see where iOS version distribution and adoption was at in terms of overall percentage of iOS traffic.

To determine this, the firm’s analytical arm Chitika Insights took a sample of ad impressions from millions of US and Canadian iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users during a 24 hour period. And they found that over 80% are on iOS 6…

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According to the team’s data, as of February, web impressions from devices running iOS 6 accounted for 83.1% of all iOS traffic. That’s not bad for software that was one, called ‘disappointing,’ and two, only came out 5 months ago.

As far as the rest of the breakdown goes, there aren’t many surprises. Only 1.4% of users had iOS 6.1.1 installed, because it’s only for iPhone 4S users. And 6.0/6.1 has the biggest share of the pie, because both of them were just released.

There’s also likely another factor that has contributed to the huge uptick in iOS 6 adoption: the evasi0n jailbreak being released last week. It’s being called the most popular jailbreak ever, with over 7 million using it in the first 4 days.

The big takeaway here is that Apple’s update system is clearly working. With current version adoption ratings like 80%, users, and more importantly developers, don’t have to worry about version fragmentation like they do on Android.