At its iOS launch events, Apple always likes to talk about how many of its users are on the latest version of its operating system in comparison to Android. There are so many different Android devices, that ultimately there is never a very high percentage of users on the latest version.
Apple considers this a major bragging right. I’d be surprised if the majority of Android users even know or care if they’re on the latest version, but developers do. Better apps make for a better phone experience, so that’s why this matters.
Apple is touting its current OS version breakdown on its Developer site, and as of right now, 46% of users are already on iOS 8, according to the company.
About half of users are still running iOS 7, and 5% are using an even older version.
The update went live on September 17th. It’s available for the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.
iOS 8 comes on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well, of course.
Knowing that a majority of users are on the latest version of an operating system enables developers to cater to users who have access to the latest features. It will be interesting to see how quickly iOS 8 takes the majority of iOS users. It shouldn’t be too much longer.
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