With iOS 7 set to be at least partially unveiled at next week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Chitika Insights revisited overall iOS distribution through an analysis of millions of online ad impressions generated from May 21st through May 28th, 2013.
The results point to iOS 6 penetration having largely leveled off. Overall, iPhone users are more likely to have updated to iOS 6 as compared to iPad users, with most of the difference being that a significantly higher percentage of iPad users are still running version 5. A possible reason for this difference may be that many of the most noteworthy new features in iOS 6 were geared more towards mobile usage (e.g. Facetime over mobile networks, turn-by-turn GPS). Earlier analyst estimates point to most tablets being solely WiFi-enabled, making some mobile-focused features useless on iPads.
Regardless of the reason for the disparity, the data bolsters the idea that iPhone users tend to be serial updaters. At nearly 93%, North American iPhone owners are almost all running the most recent iOS version in some form.
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MacDailyNews Note: According to Google, Fragmandroid’s version distribution currently looks like this:
Gingerbread versions 2.3.3-2.3.7 were released between February and September 2011. In other words: More than 4 out of 10 Android devices currently in use, 41.3% to be exact, are running operating systems that are some 2+ years old.