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iOS 8 adoption slowly inches towards 60% of iOS devices

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
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iOS 8 adoption hasn’t been stellar for Apple, compared to the previous iOS version, but the company has published new iOS distribution numbers on its developers portal, revealing that 56% of iOS devices talking to the App Store have iOS 8 installed, according to data measured on November 10th.

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iOS 7 is still found on 40% of devices, with earlier iOS versions accounting for 5% of active iOS devices — strangely enough, when adding these up, you’d get 101% rather than the expected 100%.

Various performance issues might have negatively affected iOS 8 upgrades, with one particular “bug” preventing some iOS 7 users from jumping to iOS 8 — the high storage requirement for installing the update over-the-air (OTA).

Even so, iOS 8 adoption is growing, MacRumors points out. iOS 8 installation numbers have increased by 8% in the past month. At Apple’s iPad event in mid-October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iOS 8 was installed on 48% of devices according to data measured on October 13, after hitting 46% on September 21.

Apple is expected to soon launch iOS 8.1.1, an iOS 8 update that should improve performance on older devices, such as iPad 2 and iPhone 4s, which could further help Apple increase iOS 8 adoption.

Apple’s graph showing its current iOS stats follows below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.