It’s only been a few days since we received new updates on the iPhone, iPad and other Apple equipment. The iOS 13.3.1 and iPad 13.3.1 updates are another step forward in the intermediate versions since the original version 13 will be released in the fall. Since then, a majority of users have upgraded their respective devices.
80% of recent iPhones and iPads are already on iOS 13 and iPad 13
Taking as a source the Apple App Store support website, we can obtain interesting data regarding the adoption rate of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems. On devices that are 4 years old or less, we see that only 17% are still on iOS 12. This means that an overwhelming majority of 77% have already opted to upgrade to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. The remaining 6% have iOS 11 or earlier versions.
If we focus on figures relating to all iOS 13 compatible iPhones, from the iPhone 6s and SE, we see that 70% already have the latest versions of the system. Only 23% and 7% remain in iOS 12 and earlier respectively. As far as iPads under four years old are concerned, 70% have iPadOS . Of the total number of iPads we see that it is 57%.
These figures reflect good growth in Apple’s new mobile systems, especially notable in the last quarter. This is practically the same pace as iOS 12 last year at this time. On that occasion, 78% of devices under four years old were updated.
Is the iPadOS data bad?
The iOS 13 update brought considerable new developments despite not being a revolutionary version. However, Apple’s main focus was on iPadOS, which has meant that for the first time the iPad has its own operating system, even though it still starts from the same base as iOS.
In previous years there were not such accurate figures on the adoption of iOS on an iPad, so we don’t have anything concrete to look at to compare the current iPadOS data with. It is true that 70% of recent iPads have it installed, but the figure for 57% of the total is much lower than that for iPhones.
It is clear that the new features of iPadOS have been liked by everyone and are a good first step in differentiating it from Apple’s tablets, but perhaps less emphasis has been placed on bringing it to older iPad users.
However, even if it is a mere assumption, it is understandable that older iPad users do not update to iPadOS. The main reason for this is that a majority of them do not use the iPad for productivity but for leisure, sometimes being devices for family use at home and not requiring the latest updates to view multimedia content or play games, for example. It is therefore even understandable that some have not even noticed the existence of iPadOS.
In any case, to sum up, we see how users end up agreeing with Apple that being able to update a device regularly is a great advantage . This is something that Android cannot boast about on all its devices, despite being already a very mature and iOS-like system in many cases.