Apple has created headlines this time with the release of its first official numbers for iOS 11. So, right now the several figures and estimates being released by the marketing and research firms are not relevant anymore as it is now a widely known fact that certain iOS 11 has passed the 50 percent mark in less than two months. To be more precise, the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system is now on one in every two of its mobile devices.
A bit flashback:
iOS 11 was released on 13th September which depicts the fact that it took nearly less than seven weeks to reach the majority of users that Apple tracks. Now, even if this sounds quite impressive, it also needs to be remembered that iOS 10 took less than a month and iOS 9 took less than a week to hit the same adoption milestone. Undoubtedly, the number of iOS devices is growing, but Apple has also cut down on the number allowed to get the latest updates.
The source to this official numbers come from the usage of the company’s App Store, presented on the support page for developers.
With this, Apple also updates the page every month to help app and game makers to have a deeper thought over which features they can leverage to how many users. Apple skipped releasing data for October 2017. In all probability, the company didn’t want to reveal iOS 11 adoption was slower than previous releases.
The above image depicts that iOS 11 has managed to acquire 52 percent share of Apple’s devices using the App Store. iOS 9 has meanwhile fallen to 38 percent, while earlier versions account for just 10 percent.
When iOS 9 passed the 50 percent mark, Apple declared it to be the “fastest iOS adoption ever.” High hopes have been attached to this version that it would keep the crown, as neither iOS 10 nor iOS 11 have kept up.
Lastly, the speed at which iOS users have upgraded to the latest and greatest version is definitely praiseworthy. Other companies also dream of hitting 50 percent in a year. But the iOS users get new features and security improvements quickly while developers are more likely to use functionality made available in the latest release. This, on the other hand, only encourages more users to upgrade as they search for new apps and improvements in existing apps.