iOS 8 has a slower adoption than iOS 7, but iPhone 6 sales are double those of the previous model
Within the first twenty-four hours, the update of Apple’s new mobile operating system seemed to be slower than that of its predecessors . After a few weeks of availability, this is still the case, according to analysis firm Fiksu.
After twelve days, iOS 6 and 7 had comfortably crossed the 50% installation mark between the iOS devices. In contrast, iOS 8 has yet to reach the 40% mark according to Fiksu’s measurements. An independent study by Mixpanel says that iOS 8 is closer to 50%, but is still far behind the pickup rate of the previous version.
At least, iOS 8 is ahead of version 5 in terms of usage, which was to be expected, since iOS 4 users who wanted to upgrade to version 5 had to connect to iTunes to upgrade . Since the change for both iOS 6 and the iOS 7 update was almost double that of 5, for reasons that are not yet fully known, iOS 8 is currently midway between these two.
iPhone 6 continues to break records
Meanwhile, iPhone 6 is having a record adoption. The chart below shows iPhone adoption (as a percentage of total usage) in the days following its release. The iPhone 5 and 5s followed an almost identical growth path, but the iPhone 6 reaches more than double that rate . After 17 days since launch, the iPhone 6 has touched the 4% level . If we make the comparison, the combined share of the 5s and 5c was approximately 3% in the same time period.
That’s without adding the iPhone 6 Plus purchase details. The approval of the larger 5.5-inch device seems to be a bit higher than the 5c at the moment. Of this data, the two iPhone 6 models crossed over 5% of total usage in less than 18 days. This is approximately double the combined absorption of the iPhone 5s and 5c.
It should be noted that these figures are based on the use of the current model. Although the information should be similar, in some cases, the usage rates may vary greatly from actual sales . However, it is important to remember that in absolute units, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are exceeding the sales of the iPhone 5 , and we can see how the absolute base of the phones is larger now than in previous years.
As noted since 9to5Mac, on an ‘official’ basis, Apple last updated its iOS adoption statistics on September 21st , saying that 46% of iOS users visiting the App Store were using the new iOS 8. Historically, this number is always higher than the number of third parties, as it tracks the scope of usage features more widely beyond visits to the App Store.