“Apple iPhone and iPad users drove data demands on some ISPs around the world to double from their normal levels on Wednesday evening as they tried to download iOS 7, the latest version of the Californian company’s operating system,” Charles Arthur reports for The Guardian.
“By Thursday morning an estimated 130m people had updated their devices – based on data from Mixpanel, an analytics company which tracks the OS being used on apps and web pages,” Arthur reports. “It found that by mid-afternoon on Thursday in the UK, 10 hours after iOS 7 was released, 33% of iOS devices it monitored were running iOS 7 – compared to 2.9% before its release, which would have been use by developers with pre-release versions – and that the figure was growing by about 1% per hour. Separate calculations by Benedict Evans of Enders Analysis suggest that there are 415m “live” iOS devices, excluding the Apple TV. Extended across all devices, that would imply 130m iOS 7 users in less than 12 hours.”
Arthur reports, “demand for the free download – which averaged 750MB but peaked in size at 1.4GB for some iPad models – meant heavy loads for ISPs woridwide. In the UK a graph from the London Network Access Point (LONAP), which provides services for ISPs across Britain showed an abrupt spike at 6pm as the download become available. Demand peaked at about 9:30pm as Apple’s servers, which had initially struggled, began running more smoothly. BT Retail told the Guardian that traffic levels were at the highest ever seen: ‘within 20 minutes of the launch traffic grew over 200 gigabits per second,’ said a spokesperson.”
More info and charts in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Sarah” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]