iOS 15 adoption lags behind iOS 14 – but don’t cry for Apple

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Nearly three-quarters of all Apple iPhone models introduced in the past four years have been upgraded to iOS 15, according to data provided by Apple on one of its developer support pages (as seen by Apple Insider) .

It is this adoption rate that is slower than in previous iOS updates. As of December of 2020 Apple reported that 81% of iPhones released in the past four years were running iOS 14, which coincided with the iPhone 12 launch just two months earlier.


Perhaps more worryingly, of all iOS devices capable of running iOS 15, only 63% are doing so. In 2020 this number was 72%.

If you exclude all iPhone 13s sold in the last quarter, that number would almost certainly be in the millions, which leaves a large group of consumers simply ignoring the information they need to update their devices to iOS 15. are encouraged to upgrade.

As to why some consumers are holding back, it’s unlikely that any is related to performance or stability. iOS 15 has been relatively bug free and in our experience, brings a nice upgrade to current and even older iPhones.

It could be some interface changes, in particular, the redesigned Safari, which moved the address bar from the top to the bottom of the web interface. It’s a controversial-enough change that some are suggesting as a way to revert iOS’s Safari to the original interface design. Maybe it’s the updated focus features, which can be pretty invasive if you don’t dial them back.

It could also be that people are happy with iOS 14, the mobile platform they adopted early in 2020.

However, these numbers are not a cause for concern in Cupertino. Apple’s iOS adoption rate is still a long way from Android updates. Last year, Google reported that the majority of Android phone users were still running older versions of the popular mobile operating system: 24.2% were running Android 11, 18.2% were running Android 9, and 13.7% were running Android 8, and 26.5% were running Android 12 (latest version).

Obviously, Google’s Android doesn’t have the same level of hardware control as Apple’s, which develops iOS and makes all its own phones. Android is spread across myriad hardware manufacturers, working with carriers that don’t always deliver that latest mobile OS to their customers’ phones right away.

Still, Apple’s ability to attract nearly three-quarters of those running most of the latest iPhone hardware to its latest iOS is a feat. Is the number a little lower than normal? Sure. Is Apple worried? We doubt it.

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