Nearly all iPhone users have iPhone 3.0, but only half of iPod touch users have upgraded

Holiday Apple Blowout IV“According to numbers compiled by online advertiser Chitika, only 55 percent of iPod touch users have paid the fee to upgrade their devices to OS 3.0 or higher. Nearly 95 percent of iPhone users have made the free upgrade,” Brian Garner reports for AppleInsider. “These numbers were based on the sampling of traffic across the Chitika advertising network.

“Apple released iPhone Software 3.0 in June, adding MMS, cut/copy/paste, landscape keyboard, and Spotlight Search among others. To upgrade the iPod touch’s OS, one must pay $5 to $10, depending on the time at which they purchased the device,” Garner reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Those 5% of iPhone users who haven’t upgraded are either app developers who need to test their apps for iPod touch users or they own a Gateway.

If you install the iPhone 3.1 Software Update for iPod touch, you’ll get every previous update, including the following features:

• App Store
• Genius
• Contacts search
• Mail improvements
• Podcast downloading from the iTunes Store
• Parental Controls
• Shake to Shuffle
• Safari improvements
• Home screen shortcut
• New languages
• Autocorrect on/off
• Landscape Keyboard
• Multicalendar capability

How to install:
1. Make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes and connect your iPod touch to your computer.
2. When iTunes opens, select your iPod touche under Devices in the Source List on the left.
3. In the Summary pane, click Check for Update.
4. Click Download and Install (US$4.95). Do not disconnect your iPod touch until the update has finished.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]


  1. just goes to show Apple customers can be cheap bastards too…

    its like 10 bucks or somethin….

    Maybe some people (older customers, women, who knows) just don’t know how to activate it in iTunes.

  2. The iPod touch reaches out WAY BEYOND the typical Mac user and we know who “they” are. In that world, you don’t fix what ain’t broke, you don’t try to upgrade a working machine, paranoia lives there for a reason!

  3. the 3.x OS is a memory hog, that’s why. I have a first-gen iPod Touch and an iPhone 3G, and after updating my iPhone from 2.x to 3.0, seeing how much more RAM it needed, I just decided to stay with the 2.x on the iPod Touch. I have to reboot my iPhone on a regular basis because it’s so damn fuckin unresponsive doing simple typing or whatever.

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