Apple is generally ahead of Google when it comes to getting its latest operating system updates out to users. As per Apple, 50 percent of all iPhones now run iOS 13 – within just 26 days of launch.
Explaining the numbers, Apple claims that 55% of iPhones introduced over the last four years are running iOS 13, while 38% are running iOS 12. This means that only a mere 7% percent of users are running a version older than iOS 12.
How does Apple know? Apple discovers these numbers by checking iPhones that access the App Store. Overall, 41 percent of handsets are using iOS 12, and just 9 percent are on an earlier version, meaning 50% are using iOS 13, which only arrived last month.
Apple also revealed adoption information for the new iPadOS. It writes that 33% of all devices use iPadOS, with 51% on iOS 12 and 16% using an earlier version. The figures are better when looking at iPad devices introduced within the last four years: 41% are using iPadOS, 51% are using iOS 12, and just 8 percent are on an earlier OS. It’s also worth noting that iPadOS arrived nearly a week after iOS 13.
The figure shared by Apple are pretty different from Google’s numbers on OS adoption. The problem Google faces with fragmentation means that millions of devices end up running Android versions as dated as Android Lollipop 5.0. Google, in fact, hasn’t been reporting adoption rates of its newest OS, yet.
We last had an update from Google at I/O in 2019, when Android 9 was installed on just 10.4% of devices, so you can expect a low percent of devices to be sporting Android 10.
While iOS 13 adoption rates are impressive, it certainly hasn’t been without its problems. The release saw three updates in eleven days, and Apple this week issued iOS 13.1.3 to address iPhone and iPad bugs.