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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Nearly 300 Million Devices Running iOS 6, 60% of All iOS Devices Ever




In its iOS 6.1 press release today, Apple disclosed some impressive usage numbers for iOS 6 and the iOS platform. As of today, nearly 300 million iOS devices -- iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch -- are running iOS 6, with nine billion photos uploaded to Photo Stream, 450 billion iMessages sent and over four trillion notifications received.

Of these, perhaps the most impressive is that 300 million devices are currently running iOS 6. That is, as EdibleApple points out, roughly 60 percent of all iOS devices ever sold:
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During Apple's most recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple to date has sold over 500 million iOS devices. If we put those pieces together we see that over half of every iOS device ever sold is now running the most recent version of Apple's mobile operating system. Contrast that of course to Android where a scant minority of users are ever caught running the most recent iteration of Android.
The Next Web notes that Apple sold some 75 million iOS devices in the December quarter alone, all of which are running iOS 6, plus 100 million upgrades to iOS 6 in its first week of availability back in September.

Apple has clearly been successful in keeping devices upgraded to the latest version of iOS, particularly through the over-the-air update feature that was introduced last year in iOS 5. This keeps iOS devices secure, and keeps users up to date with the latest new features to come out of Cupertino.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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IOs 6 is already the best OS for a phone. But iOS 7 needs to be revolutionary (by that I mean introduce a lot of the features users are dying to have). I hope they listen.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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IOs 6 is already the best OS for a phone. But iOS 7 needs to be revolutionary (by that I mean introduce a lot of the features users are dying to have). I hope they listen.
What new features are "users dying to have"? I hope you tell us and Apple so we know.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 06:42 AM   #6
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IOs 6 is already the best OS for a phone. But iOS 7 needs to be revolutionary (by that I mean introduce a lot of the features users are dying to have). I hope they listen.
The features that some (not most) users are dying to have simply aren't 'revolutionary' in the first place and would therefore be no more than pointless tinkering and change for its own sake.

Until such a time that there actually is a revolutionary reason to change things up, most likely the result of a hardware advancement, this is not going to happen.

So the children clamouring for change will be disappointed and continue with their whining here, or, will simply jailbreak so they too can have all the distracting and confusing interface crap they could have have had if they'd simply bought an Android phone in the first place. Meanwhile the adults will be happy they have a phone that functions perfectly, because they just don't feel the need to either obsess over or play with their phone all the damn time.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:29 AM   #7
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IOs 6 is already the best OS for a phone. But iOS 7 needs to be revolutionary (by that I mean introduce a lot of the features users are dying to have). I hope they listen.
No it’s not. It’s a freaking nightmare. I regret updating it every day.
Apple is pushing and focusing on all crap I would never use.
1. Siri – inaccurate and totally useless.
2. Facebook – useless.
3. Twitter – Useless.
4. Maps- Useless and Siri uses it instead of the Google one I downloaded. I also can’t click on and address and be taken to it like I use to in iOS5.
5. Passbook – Useless. That and it will get hacked and people will me loading it up with fake movie passes and stuff.

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In fact iOS6 is just iOS4 only broken.
Give me useful stuff like a better app switcher and themes so I can change those ****** looking icons.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:00 AM   #8
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No its not. Its a freaking nightmare. I regret updating it every day.
Apple is pushing and focusing on all crap I would never use.
1. Siri inaccurate and totally useless.
2. Facebook useless.
3. Twitter Useless.
4. Maps- Useless and Siri uses it instead of the Google one I downloaded. I also cant click on and address and be taken to it like I use to in iOS5.
5. Passbook Useless. That and it will get hacked and people will me loading it up with fake movie passes and stuff.

Sorry you're not happy, but I, for one, do not find Siri useless. I frequently use it to good effect. I don't care about Facebook and Twitter either, but it's not like their integration has hurt my use of the system. I know many people have problems with Apple Maps, but again, for me it's far ahead of Google maps. It all comes down to a matter of perspective. At least with Apple, I'm reasonably confident they recognize the problems and will work to improve the experience for users. That is a far too rare attitude in the technology industry.

I really don't get why so many people are saying Apple has to do something revolutionary with the next iOS. Sure, it'd be nice, but sales don't seem to be saying that the general public needs "revolutionary". Maybe they just want solid, reliable, and useable technology? Apple should come out with "revolutionary" when it has obvious benefit to the majority of users, and after they have refined it to a degree that's competitive with the current iOS. It would be a disaster if they succumbed to the whims of the stock market instead of stepping back and focusing on quality.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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Sorry you're not happy, but I, for one, do not find Siri useless. I frequently use it to good effect. I don't care about Facebook and Twitter either, but it's not like their integration has hurt my use of the system. I know many people have problems with Apple Maps, but again, for me it's far ahead of Google maps. It all comes down to a matter of perspective. At least with Apple, I'm reasonably confident they recognize the problems and will work to improve the experience for users. That is a far too rare attitude in the technology industry.

I really don't get why so many people are saying Apple has to do something revolutionary with the next iOS. Sure, it'd be nice, but sales don't seem to be saying that the general public needs "revolutionary". Maybe they just want solid, reliable, and useable technology? Apple should come out with "revolutionary" when it has obvious benefit to the majority of users, and after they have refined it to a degree that's competitive with the current iOS. It would be a disaster if they succumbed to the whims of the stock market instead of stepping back and focusing on quality.
Sorry to be the barer of bad news but yes it does. My entire point is that Apple is spending way to much time and money on Facebook and Twitter when they could be using it to catch up to android.
Hell they even let Blackberry pass them!

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I use all these features and they are not useless.

Edit: so you want themes, please tell me how this is useful?

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The one thing I like about iOS is it is stable and does not change every update.
Themes are useful because they make me enjoy looking at my phone/ipad/ipod while I use them. Why allow wallpapers if you think they are so useless?

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Sorry you're not happy, but I, for one, do not find Siri useless. I frequently use it to good effect. I don't care about Facebook and Twitter either, but it's not like their integration has hurt my use of the system. I know many people have problems with Apple Maps, but again, for me it's far ahead of Google maps. It all comes down to a matter of perspective. At least with Apple, I'm reasonably confident they recognize the problems and will work to improve the experience for users. That is a far too rare attitude in the technology industry.

I really don't get why so many people are saying Apple has to do something revolutionary with the next iOS. Sure, it'd be nice, but sales don't seem to be saying that the general public needs "revolutionary". Maybe they just want solid, reliable, and useable technology? Apple should come out with "revolutionary" when it has obvious benefit to the majority of users, and after they have refined it to a degree that's competitive with the current iOS. It would be a disaster if they succumbed to the whims of the stock market instead of stepping back and focusing on quality.
How so? The last 6.1 update has 4 things in it that are irrelevant to 90% of the users. .1 is a big update. Did it fix the maps for the other 98% of the planet? Nope. Did it make Siri work like it should? Nope Siri can do some things but not most of the things they say it does.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:03 AM   #10
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No it’s not. It’s a freaking nightmare. I regret updating it every day.
Apple is pushing and focusing on all crap I would never use.
1. Siri – inaccurate and totally useless.
2. Facebook – useless.
3. Twitter – Useless.
4. Maps- Useless and Siri uses it instead of the Google one I downloaded. I also can’t click on and address and be taken to it like I use to in iOS5.
5. Passbook – Useless. That and it will get hacked and people will me loading it up with fake movie passes and stuff.

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In fact iOS6 is just iOS4 only broken.
Give me useful stuff like a better app switcher and themes so I can change those ****** looking icons.

I use all these features and they are not useless.

Edit: so you want themes, please tell me how this is useful?

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Sorry you're not happy, but I, for one, do not find Siri useless. I frequently use it to good effect. I don't care about Facebook and Twitter either, but it's not like their integration has hurt my use of the system. I know many people have problems with Apple Maps, but again, for me it's far ahead of Google maps. It all comes down to a matter of perspective. At least with Apple, I'm reasonably confident they recognize the problems and will work to improve the experience for users. That is a far too rare attitude in the technology industry.

I really don't get why so many people are saying Apple has to do something revolutionary with the next iOS. Sure, it'd be nice, but sales don't seem to be saying that the general public needs "revolutionary". Maybe they just want solid, reliable, and useable technology? Apple should come out with "revolutionary" when it has obvious benefit to the majority of users, and after they have refined it to a degree that's competitive with the current iOS. It would be a disaster if they succumbed to the whims of the stock market instead of stepping back and focusing on quality.
The one thing I like about iOS is it is stable and does not change every update.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:34 PM   #11
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Contrast that of course to Android where a scant minority of users are ever caught running the most recent iteration of Android.
They probably just cant find the right download link, for the right provider, for the right version of phone they are using and after they confirmed that the version in question is approved by the various providers of cell service.

Man, I love this Open OS stuff!
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 11:21 AM   #12
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They probably just cant find the right download link, for the right provider, for the right version of phone they are using and after they confirmed that the version in question is approved by the various providers of cell service.

Man, I love this Open OS stuff!
bu bu i can root and flash to the new software !! all i gotta do is go look all over the internet and find a stable build for my phone and then see if every feature works like the real thing!

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Sorry to be the barer of bad news but yes it does. My entire point is that Apple is spending way to much time and money on Facebook and Twitter when they could be using it to catch up to android.
Hell they even let Blackberry pass them!

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Themes are useful because they make me enjoy looking at my phone/ipad/ipod while I use them. Why allow wallpapers if you think they are so useless?

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How so? The last 6.1 update has 4 things in it that are irrelevant to 90% of the users. .1 is a big update. Did it fix the maps for the other 98% of the planet? Nope. Did it make Siri work like it should? Nope Siri can do some things but not most of the things they say it does.
first of all Siri actually works great for me as well, very responsive and accurate in hearing my text. as for the Maps fiasco, there are PLENTY of fantastic alternatives on the App store including Google Maps so what does it matter anyway. 6.1 was a welcome upgrade for my i5 as it improved performance and improved my wifi as well. i also think iOS 7 is going to be a really good OS update to iOS

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Well I only began using Android on version 4.2 so I don't know if earlier Android versions did. However OTA updates are a fairly recent thing to iOS. If you had a version earlier than that you would never know there was an update unless you plugged into iTunes and did it there, have you tried plugging it in and checking Samsung's own software?

I own a Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus 4, every time a system update for Android gets released I get a notification alerting me.

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(Obviously not a screenshot from my phone but this is what I got)
Owning a Nexus phone is defitnetly the best experience for Android... any other android smartphone is just terrible because they take months before the newest OS even reaches to their phones.

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I'm not upgrading my iPhone 4 from iOS 5. It's slow enough as it is.

I wish I knew a way to update my sister's iPhone to iOS 5 rather than 6. Apparently some of her apps have stopped working - I presume that she updated them. Pretty stupid, the App Store allowing an app to update itself (be updated?) on a system (iOS 4) to a version which won't work.

I've had a gutful of iOS. So friggin hard to do stuff, errors, etc...
why dont you update to iOS 6.1? it makes my brothers iPhone 4 as fast as its ever been and you can update your apps to the latest OS. doesnt make sense to stay behind on 5.1... every aspect of iOS 6 is better, better Safari, more apps, more compatible apps, smoother better performance... doesnt make sense to me

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No its not. Its a freaking nightmare. I regret updating it every day.
Apple is pushing and focusing on all crap I would never use.
1. Siri inaccurate and totally useless.
2. Facebook useless.
3. Twitter Useless.
4. Maps- Useless and Siri uses it instead of the Google one I downloaded. I also cant click on and address and be taken to it like I use to in iOS5.
5. Passbook Useless. That and it will get hacked and people will me loading it up with fake movie passes and stuff.

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In fact iOS6 is just iOS4 only broken.
Give me useful stuff like a better app switcher and themes so I can change those ****** looking icons.


yeah because the icons on Android look any better.. right iOS definetly has the best app icon artwork by far they look like **** on Android tbh
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 11:54 AM   #13
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Fragmentation I would imagine is more of an issue for developers than it is for most end users whether you're talking about iOS or Android.

For one - many people buy phones for the functionality they HAVE not for what they MIGHT have in the future.

Second - most of the key apps people enjoy will have developers who make their apps work - regardless. So the onus is on the developer (and the headache). The end user, mostly, wouldn't feel that "pain."

Oh - and it's great "fodder" for forums like this as a discussion point for clickbait.
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why dont you update to iOS 6.1? it makes my brothers iPhone 4 as fast as its ever been and you can update your apps to the latest OS. doesnt make sense to stay behind on 5.1... every aspect of iOS 6 is better, better Safari, more apps, more compatible apps, smoother better performance... doesnt make sense to me[COLOR="#808080"]
Because when I updated to iOS 5 from iOS 4, it got slower, less responsive. I assumed that iOS 6 would be slower again.
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Adorable news.
It gives me goose bumps and makes me feel warm and tingly inside.
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It gives me goose bumps and makes me feel warm and tingly inside.
Of course, that's the only way you could write something negative
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Of course, that's the only way you could write something negative
Or you could have a sense of humor and laugh. And I'm sure if I really wanted to be negative I could have come up with something much better.
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Or you could have a sense of humor and laugh. And I'm sure if I really wanted to be negative I could have come up with something much better.
) well, i always see u posting 'interesting' comments couldnt resist anymore to engage in a conversation
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If only it was ''all'' the latest features...
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If only it was ''all'' the latest features...
Well there seems to be about 299,999,000 people that don't come on macrumors and complain about it.
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Well there seems to be about 299,999,000 people that don't come on macrumors and complain about it.
Calm down, just saying it would be better if all features were available. So much negativity.
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And now 300 million people are missing *punchline drum*
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