iOS 8 adoption jumps to 72 percent of devices

In January of 2015, Apple’s official numbers showed that iOS 8 adoption had jumped up to 68%. While many noted that this adoption rate still trails a bit behind that of iOS 7 a year before, Apple’s latest mobile OS continues to find its way onto new devices.

That’s up notably over the 69 percent figure recorded just two weeks ago, when iOS 8 adoption rates were slowing in the post-holiday season.

By comparison, Google’s own Developer Dashboards webpage was refreshed yesterday and now shows Android 5.0 Lollipop as finally making a blip on the radar, with the operating system recording a tiny 1.6 percent share of the current Android install base.

Finally, any devices running earlier versions of iOS than 7 are now registering only 3%, while in January it held 4 percent of the total chart.

iOS 8.1.3 “reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update,” as per release notes. Still, it won’t be of much help to owners of 8 or 16-gigabyte devices that run iOS 7: they’re still going to experience issues upgrading to iOS 8 over-the-air due to insufficient free storage.

Now that iOS 8 is on more than 70 percent of devices, it’s time to look forward into this year, when Apple will more than likely unveil a brand new version of its mobile OS. What would you like to see in iOS 9?


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