Apple has just updated its distribution statistics for the different iOS versions on all globally activated iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and iOS 12 has just reached 88% share . If we only count the devices sold in the last 4 years, iOS 12 is installed on 90% of the devices.
Apple publishes these numbers depending on the App Store traffic, as they are important numbers for developers , it is a very useful and reliable way to get them. That is, probably in this list you won’t find that iPhone you have in a drawer.
According to the data provided by Apple, of the total number of devices accessing the App Store, 88% have iOS 12 as their operating system , 7% have iOS 11 installed and the remaining 5% are still on some version prior to iOS 11. These are probably devices that cannot be upgraded.
On the other hand, Apple also provides a graph with the devices sold in the last four years, and in this case the figures are better. 90% of the users with a device less than 4 years old have iOS 12 installed , 7% still have iOS 11 and only 3% have an older version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
If we compare these update rates we see how iOS 12 has grown faster than iOS 11. At this point last year iOS 11 was installed on 85% of devices , so it seems that the stability and optimization of iOS 12 has convinced more users to upgrade their iPhone and iPad.
These figures come in the middle of a long period of betas from a new operating system . It is expected that iOS 13 will be officially launched in September and we will see if it manages to beat the iOS 12 update figures. Although the supported devices have been reduced, both iOS 13 and iPadOS include a large number of new features.