Apple iOS 8 adoption around 50%, iPhone 6 adoption sets record

“Within the first twenty-four hours, iOS 8 update appeared to be slower than its predecessors. A few weeks in, this continues to be the case says analytics firm Fiksu,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “After twelve days, both iOS 6 and iOS 7 had comfortably crossed the 50% mark for iOS usage. By contrast, iOS 8 is yet to hit the 40% mark according to Fiksu’s measurements. An independent study from Mixpanel says iOS 8 is closer to 50%, but it is still far behind iOS 7’s rate of uptake.”

“Meanwhile, iPhone 6 adoption is record-setting,” Mayo reports. “The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s followed near-identical growth path, but the iPhone 6 is more than double that rate. As of 17 days since release, the iPhone 6 has touched the 4% level. For comparison, the combined share of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c was about 3% in the same period.”

“That’s without adding in [the severed supply constrained] iPhone 6 Plus,” Mayo reports. “From this data, both models of iPhone 6 crossed 5% of total iPhone usage in under 18 days. This is roughly twice the combined uptake of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We believe some users knew they were getting an new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and therefore held off upgrading the current iPhones to iOS 8. The popularity of iPhone 6/Plus and the backorders are a contributing factor to the slower ramp for iOS 8 adoption.

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Apple says iOS 8 adoption already at 46% – September 23, 2014


  1. The iOS 7 adoption was less than ideal. That is what caused me to wait a little bit on iOS 8. The same problem I had with iOS 7 adoption appeared in iOS 8. Apple has yet to find a way to make your key photos in your events show up on your iPad and iPhone like they are on your iMac after the iOS 8 update. Apple’s inability to figure out their photo synchronization process through true systematic upgrades is unbelievable. If this were happening on Android, The articles about it here would be numerous and hilarious. I cannot figure out why Apple cannot get photo management right in iOS.

    1. Didn’t I hear that a new Photos app is coming in early 2015? I believe it’s purpose is to replace both Photos on iOS and iPhoto on the Mac. My presumption is that it would take care of sync issues and bring Continuity to photos. With photos in the cloud and the new app, I would expect those as minimal requirements.

  2. The adoption rate would be higher if the update wasn’t so large. My phone tells me it needs 4.7GB for the upgrade and I have just under 1GB free.
    I don’t have time to backup, reset, upgrade, and restore my phone in order to instal iOS 8.

  3. How exactly is adoption numbers determined? Are devices that come with it already installed (6/6 plus) included in those numbers? If so, with the largest ever sales the adoption rate for OS upgraded must be way down. Part of it could be caution on the user’s part after 8.0.1’s bugs.

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