iOS 7 Adoption Already at 74 Percent
According to the latest measurements from Apple’s App Store, 74 percent of iOS devices are running iOS 7. That’s a 10-point improvement over October, when Apple last reported iOS adoption metrics.
Meanwhile, just 22 percent of iOS devices continue to run iOS 6, and the remainder use some earlier version of the software. In other words, 96 percent of all iOS devices are running one of Apple’s two most recent mobile operating systems.
Impressive, considering that iOS’s chief competitor, Android, isn’t seeing nearly the same torrid uptake of its latest few iterations.
According to Google’s own metrics, the most recent version of Android — Android 4.4, a.k.a. KitKat — is now running on just 1.1 percent of Android devices. Meanwhile, 54.5 percent of them are running one of three variants of JellyBean, 18.6 percent are running Ice Cream Sandwich, and 24.1 percent are running Gingerbread, an OS that first shipped in February of 2011.
Look at the two adoption charts side by side and the difference is clear: Android is fragmented, iOS is not. For Apple, that’s an important message to relay to developers.
As I’ve written before: “Build your apps for iOS, and with one API you can hit the majority of the operating system’s addressable market. Develop for Android, and there are at least three different APIs you’ll need to deal with to reach the majority of its users. To Apple, this is a significant competitive advantage, one that the company is clearly interested in raising awareness around.”