More than 50 percent of all iPhones are already running iOS 13

According to Apple’s internal measurements, more than 50 percent of all iPhones were running iOS 13 just 26 days after launch…

Nick Statt for The Verge:

That’s slower than iOS 12, which took just 23 days to hit 50 percent, but not by much. If you count only iPhones purchased in the last four years, the figure jumps up to 55 percent.

The numbers look even better — vis-à-vis Android — when you take into account that most other phones are running iOS 12. Of all iPhones currently accessing the App Store, which is how Apple checks these numbers, 41 percent are using iOS 12 and just 9 percent are using an earlier mobile OS. For devices four years old and younger, 38 percent are running iOS 12 and just 7 percent are running an older OS.

While these adoption rates may have slowed from last year, Apple is still miles ahead of Google in this regard, thanks to its tight integration of hardware and software that Google has never been able to replicate with Android. In fact, Google seems to have stopped reporting adoption rates recently, so we don’t know how many devices have Android 10 installed.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s mobile operating system adoption rates are the stuff of which Alphabet, peddler of the toxic hellstew Fragmandroid, can only dream.


  1. “More than 50 percent of all iPhones are already running iOS 13”

    This isn’t true (this isn’t what Apple claimed). Apple claimed that 50% of ALL the iPhones that visited the iOS App Store on a given day, that are at least able to be updated to iOS 13, have.

    It’s a great achievement as it is, in stark contrast to Android adoption rates, which in fact Alphabet no longer seem to report…and yet MDN lie and cheat or “just don’t get it”. Whichever, completely bored of it.

  2. I’m sorry to be dragging down this stat this time around. My current iPhone is 5S, purchased as third-party refurb ($140 total cost). And that’s fine. I’m happy that Apple supported the old (first 64-bit) A7 processor for this long with latest iOS updates. Works quite well still, with nice camera and latest third-party apps. I use recent iPad; I’ll treat not getting frequent “dot” system updates as a positive for mostly just my phone, text communicator, audio player, and camera. It did get a security update at about same time iOS 13 was released. Plan to buy new(er) iPhone early 2020, probably a refurb iPhone SE 64GB (space grey) 🙂

  3. I regret updating to iOS13 on both my iPhone X and iPad Mini 4, it’s the worst “update” I’ve experienced from Apple. It wrecked the home app for me (camera randomly going black, pinch to zoom is worse, “live” button disappears, volume is hidden down a layer and harder to get to), the crowded share menu with unecessary recent iMessage contacts, actions such as saving to Pocket are slower and stuttering, filing emails into folders requires 1-2 extra steps, etc. If there were an easy way to downgrade I would do it, but I don’t have a backup with iOS 12. It took several weeks to realize how crappy iOS13 is and that none of the updates fixed any of these issues.

  4. For the moment I’m holding back as there appears to be some problems. I’ve said this before but I don’t care whether it’s Mac or iOS I won’t upgrade until there is a full third release. I got badly burnt with OS 8 and was told (all those years ago) by the Apple Tech guy to do that instead of immediately updating/upgrading.

    I just wish Apple would make it easy to downgrade iOS when necessary. It’s just plain wrong to push out an update that potentially causes so many problems.

    Imagine if you bought a refrigerator where you couldn’t adjust the temperature. It’s not all that different except that’s it’s software and the argument is “Oh well we’ll just release an update and that’ll fix the problem.” And who caused the problems in the first place? It doesn’t exactly instil confidence in the company’s performance and it’s just not good enough.

    All I know is that my iOS12x is working just fine on my iPhone and iPad and I’ll be upgrading when it’s safe to do so.

  5. Concur with Nick. Certainly close to, if not worse release. Moving stuff around can be relearned, but lack of performance is terrible. Echo Nick;s comment. However on my 12.9 inch512 GB iPad Pro must do a cold restart at least once daily after complete freezes. I find that after about 20 apps have been opened I must force quit all. That sometimes unfreezes things, butafter a few more tries, must do a complete restart. Have even tried deleting and reinstall suspected apps. No solution.

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