Data shows iPhone users don’t rush to upgrade devices

Oct 5, 2018 08:27 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 

Whenever Apple rolls out new iOS versions, iPhone and iPad users typically rush to install them, eventually contributing to adoption rates that are usually higher than in the case of the previous update.

However, not only that this isn’t the case of iOS 12, but Apple’s latest iOS version is actually the slowest adopted operating system release since iOS 7, according to new data provided by Mixpanel.

A chart put together by Statista indicates that users are rather cautious when it comes to upgrading their devices to iOS 12, and after 10 days of availability, only 20.7 percent of compatible models were already on this latest version.

For comparison, iOS 7 was running on no less than 63.4 percent of the eligible devices ten days after launch.

iOS 11, whose release was plagued by major bugs and performance issues, also did better with 28.6 percent adoption after 10 days on the market.

Poor iOS 11 update experience

For Apple, this can only be worrying news, especially because it launched iOS 12 with much fanfare alongside the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

iOS 12 is said to come with major performance improvements and new features, though by the looks of things, most customers have decided to play the safe card here and hold onto their current iOS versions until the latest release reaches its maturity.

Of course, there are many other reasons why iOS 12 is far behind iOS 7 in terms of early adoption, and one of them is the number of devices on the market. There are far more iPhones out there right now, which makes it less likely for a new iOS version to reach the adoption figures of a predecessor launched five years ago.

However, it’s pretty clear that iPhone users aren’t as excited as they were in the past over iOS updates, and the terrible experience with previous versions is pretty much a decisive factor.

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