Apple’s iOS 8 adoption hits 60%; far outpaces fragmented Android

“Apple today updated its App Store Distribution data for developers to announce that iOS 8 is now installed on 60% of devices as of earlier this week,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac. “The data is collected from App Store visits on November 24 and is up from the 55% of devices iOS 8 was on when Apple last checked in early this month.”

Kahn reports, “Apple reached 60% adoption for iOS 8 in just over 60 days since its release compared to 313 days it took for KitKat to reach 25% of Android users.”

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  1. Android’s glacial upgrade cycle is never seen as a drawback by the smartphone industry. I would think it would a terrible flaw for any OS platform. Having 18,000 unique Android devices doesn’t help much either.

    It’s funny as I see articles regarding the upgrading to iOS 8 saying upgrading has slowed considerably after reaching 60% after just a couple of months. It takes years for older Android smartphones to get an OS upgrade if any are forthcoming at all. It’s like Wall Street simply doesn’t see any problems with an OS that can’t readily be upgraded. Now that Android One has also been thrown into the mix for poorer nations it will only get worse.

    1. It seems like many Android phone users go through the crappy things so fast that operating system updates are a nonissue for them. They just don’t seem to know any better, the poor dumb chumps.

  2. I ponder after KitKat, Almond Joy is in store for said FanDroids. Sweet Baby Jesus, I Must Be Nuts. Just more Mounds of SameShit truth be told. How’s that race to the bottom? Scam Scum, Gaagle me with a spoon.

  3. The question for me is when are even the lower educated people going to figure out Google has foisted off a Trojan Horse on them disguised as an OS for an inexpensive ‘smart phone’ with the purpose of selling info on who you are, what you have and where you go.

    It is actually sickening that Google is behaving like the NSA.

  4. iOS 8 has left this Canadian in the cold.

    After upgrading to iOS 8, I can no longer use my iOS devices in cold weather. That’s about 6 months per year here.

    Sucks for me. I used to be fine down to -20C no problem. now they won’t run below freezing.

    iOS 8 then adds insult to injury by telling me the device needs to “cool” down before I can use it.

    1. 1 star me all you want. I said it sucks for me. I didn’t say it was Apple’s fault. The device is now just running within it’s specified tolerances.

      That being said, lots of Canadians jog and do outdoor activities in the winter. Winter hasn’t even really hit us yet, but myself and others are no longer able to use our devices.

      My iPad 3 seemed to work just fine for 3 years, prior to the “upgrade”.

        1. I don’t know what you do with your devices, and I think I’m smart enough not to presume how you do it; I don’t jog for exercise, but in NYC, I see very many joggers with their devices strapped to the outside of their garment, on their sleeve (even in the winter). My assumption is the ability to easily access the touchscreen (preferring to control it that way over Siri; perhaps they have a foreign accent and Siri can’t quite understand their English commands, perhaps something else, the reason is likely quite valid). If the iPhone shuts down at the exposure of sub-zero (Celsius) temperatures, it is of little use to many joggers who don’t like having the device below layers of clothing.

          1. It gets extremely cold here even if you keep a device under clothing it will be below freezing rendering the device inoperable. Today it is -30C or -22F. You would literally need to heat it with your body to keep it warm enough.

            My GFs friend is a Letter Carrier for Canada Post she can’t use her phone on route any longer and they have really nice warm coats. She uses it for GPS/mapping (they don’t always get assigned the same routes). Emergency calls (ie slips on ice), calls to dispatch.

            1. All patriotic Canadians should follow the wise advise of the awesome poster named “Feather”. The iPhone and iOS 8 are flawed and inferior to any product created by BlackBerry. They never have issues such as the one mentioned here, which is why we are dominating the smartphone market.

              As for functioning in cold weather I would suggest purchasing the new BlackBerry Z30 phone, which is without question the most innovative piece of technology known to man.

              It has been tested and will fully function while immersed in liquid nitrogen. The winters of Canada are nothing to this marvel. In fact, although not proven, it is speculated that the Z30 could even withstand being stored for up to 15 minutes in the harsh confines of Hillary Clinton’s vagina.

              So come on my proud and zany Canucks, come back to BlackBerry, the phone loved and endorsed by the McKenzie brothers. Let us sing:

              O Canada!
              Our home and native land!
              True patriot love in all thy sons command.
              With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
              The True North strong and free!
              From far and wide,
              O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
              God keep our land glorious and free!
              O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
              O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

        2. Now I understand… I’m holding it wrong.

          Canadians are now going to have to place their iOS devices under their armpits like our ancestors did with meat to prevent it from freezing during long journeys.

          I guess we will have to put our devices in zip lock bags and be careful of overexertion so we don’t trip the humidity sensors.

          1. Hopefully Apple will recognize the value of having Canada as a customer for all 12 months per year and will reverse this mess before the new year. Then I won’t have to read anymore posts from the ignorati telling you where you can stick your phone to keep it warm.

          2. This Bandit Bill guy is making all this up. I live in Canada and have no issues. Some really nutty patriotic numskulls around these parts are trying to get the Blackberry bandwagon going again. Bill is one of these numskulls……lying to sell his country’s product. Come on Bill, get some self respect, give it up. Blackberry is dead!

            1. Where do you live, Vancouver, Victoria? Most of Canada hasn’t even seen winter yet. BTW I’ve been posting on this forum for over 10 years and I’m and Apple fan (and reseller), so I’m certainly not trying to promote Blackberry.

              As I mentioned above, iOS devices now appear to be operating within (or closer to) their stated tech specs if they are running iOS 8
              Operating ambient temperature:
              0° to 35° C (32° to 95° F)

              The tune of this conversation may change if people down South start experiencing issues with above 95F temps. I’m not sure if Apple made any adjustments on the high end, but they certainly did on the low end.

            2. So… what do you want? Do you want your iOS devices to continue to operate below their specified safe temperature range, possible damaging the device? Sure, iOS 7 and prior may have been allowing you to do that before, but that was probably a stupid idea.


          3. Ho ho, that takes me back to my first digicam, a Nikon 990.

            Back then, I had to warm the 4x batteries under my armpit in winter – and that was just a temperate English winter.

            If I was lucky, I’d get maybe 15-20 shots before back under the arm they went, poor little things.

    2. Report this as a bug to Apple, and have all your Canadian friends do likewise. Apple’s bug reporting feature on their website is their main way they get feedback from customers to developers within Apple. This is your best chance to get this fixed back to the way you want it.

    1. The maxim states, “He who claims must prove,” and/or, “He who alleges must prove.” Whereas when no evidence is provided to backup a given claim, it is therefore by default deemed to be frivolous and forthwith abated. However, the one daring to make such a frivolous claim can suffer the consequences of a valid tort claim arising from the Resulting Trust resulting emphatically from their own non compos mentis nonsense.

      1. Er yes…it was all over the news dummy about how flaky and buggy iOS 8 was when it was released and relied on its own customers to finalize the testing for Apple. The ugly pile of crap is my own opinion which I am allowed to give..if you don’t like it…tough 🙂

    1. Try again. iOS 8 requires 4-5 GB+ of free space to perform the update OTA. How many users have that much space available on their devices?

      Compared to iOS 7, iOS 8 has been smooth sailing for me. Not a single random reboot or “white screen of death.”

      1. Yep. It has nothing at all to do with “flakiness” and everything to do with the difficulty of installing OTA if you have a 16GB iPhone.

        Slowly, the word is getting around that you can install via iTunes, and so the adoption rate is moving ahead.


  5. I have 5s and latest version of iOS 8. I use it much like an average phone user would use it; perhaps a bit more. I had used Android before, so I know buggy. So far, I have yet to experience an issue with an Apple app on iOS. The response is instant and smooth, the apps work the way they are supposed to, nothing freezes (not for a second), nothing crashes, it just works.

    Regrettably, because of this internet meme that iOS 8 is buggy, I know ordinary people who know nothing about technology who aren’t upgrading because “iOS 8 is a truckload of bugs!”. They have no clue what exactly they are saying, but they’ve heard this from someone, who heard it from someone, who read it on a blog (such as MDN), where someone who sounds like a person who knows what they are talking about, ranted how “iOS 8 is full of bugs!”.

    Apple has a massive problem with the adoption rate of iOS 8, not because iOS 8 is buggy (because it is not, for me and most others, it is less buggy than any prior release), but because ordinary people have been misinformed and truly believe it is buggy. Same thing like those who are stuck with the positively retro, arcane, iOS 6 because they believe iOS 7 / 8 are “ugly Fisher Price pieces of crap”…

    Religious Apple zealots are sometimes worse enemies to Apple than Android or Windows warriors…

    1. Actually, 60% adoption in 60 days is pretty good. After the holidays with scads of new devices preloaded with iOS 8, plus iOS users who eventually upgrade, I’d guess 80% adoption by February.

      I’ve been using iOS 8, been working fine for me. Changes are really no big deal. I like the integration between all my iOS devices and my Mac. I remember seeing demo’s of this stuff in the late 80’s in Boston when they used to host the MacFest. It took 25 years, but they finally got it out the door.

      Wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve for enterprise. They’re not partnering with IBM for the fun of it. Plus IBM has the Lotus framework to play off, possibly giving Apple an enterprise level email, workflow environment, going head to head with MS Office.

    2. I agree partly. I will say that the calendar supplied by Apple in iOS 7 is dramatically worse than the one in iOS 6 or earlier which allowed much easier editing, and display of content.

    3. I’m convinced that somewhere in the world, there is a fat, grey-bearded man with a faded six-color Apple tattoo, who won’t upgrade from his G4 QuickSilver running Mac OS 9.2 because “OS X ain’t the Mac!!”


  6. Thats huge in numbers. Apple released iOS 8.1.1 specifically to increase this adoption rate for older devices iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, but some of my friends still complain about lags and overall speed issues. iOS 7.1 worked really well for them.

    Looks like apple wants them to reconsider their upgrading option.


    1. I’m not happy with my iPad2 on iOS 8.1.1. It’s choppy, feels a lot like Android the way it goes between applications. Sometimes it seems the upgrade slows things down enough to merit looking at a hardware upgrade.

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