Based on the recently updated metrics of Apple’s App Store support page, iOS 11 is now installed on more than half of all iPhone and iPad devices owned by mobile users. To be exact, the latest version of the mobile operating system is now on 52 percent of the tech giant’s smartphones and tablets. As for the rest of the handsets, they are either powered by iOS 10 (38 percent) or an earlier iteration of the OS (10 percent).
Every time Apple rolls out a major update to its mobile operating system, it typically updates its App Store support page with new statistics. This year, however, saw the company veer from the usual practice and instead delay for a while, at least until its highly awaited iPhone X flagship offering hit store shelves (which did launch five days ago).
This year, the adoption rate for the latest version of iOS appears to be slower. One year ago, iOS 10 had managed to reach an adoption rate of 54 percent by October 11. But it bears noting that Apple’s flagship offerings last year, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, were already released in the market for almost a month. 2017 is different because there are three new iPhone models, with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus released earlier back in September 22, while the iPhone X just launching last November 3rd. Because people were waiting for the more impressive iPhone X to get launched, it might have impacted the speed of adoption for iOS 11.
Considering all things, iOS 11 reaching 52 percent in terms of market share, in only two months time, should still be good news for Apple and its fans. Now compare that with Google’s Android, whose most popular version is still Marshmallow from a couple of years ago, with a 32 percent market share. The newest version, Android, is at 0.2 percent. Granted, this may not be a fair comparison -- Google, after all, has no complete control over the deployment of the newest version of its mobile OS.
Apple had formally unveiled iOS 11 back in June earlier this year, during the iPhone maker’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). About three months later, the company then proceeded to officially roll out the final version to all iOS mobile users. iOS 11 is compatible with the iPhone 5s and any newer iPhone model, the iPad Mini 2 and any newer iPad model, the iPad Air, and the latest iPod Touch (sixth gen).
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