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iOS 14 Now Installed on 81% of iPhones From the Last Four Years

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Apple today finally updated its iOS adoption numbers, giving us our first look at official iOS 14 adoption rates. According to Apple's data, iOS 14 is installed on 81 percent of iPhones that were introduced in the last four years.


17 percent of these devices continue to run iOS 13, and two percent run an earlier version of iOS. 72 percent of all iPhones out in the wild run iOS 14, and this category includes devices that might not be capable of running the update.

18 percent in this category run iOS 13, and 10 percent run an earlier version of iOS.

As for iPads, 75 percent of all iPads introduced in the last four years run iPadOS. 22 percent run iPadOS 13, and three percent run an earlier version of iOS.

61 percent of all iPads use iPadOS 14, 21 percent run iPadOS 13, and 18 percent run an earlier version of iOS.

Since releasing iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in September, Apple has not provided installation numbers until now. Based on Mixpanel estimates, iOS 14 adoption was at 50 percent in October, so quite a few people have installed the update over the course of the last couple months.

Article Link: iOS 14 Now Installed on 81% of iPhones From the Last Four Years
 

Blackstick

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
 
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Cybertox

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
There is a good reason for that. New software is rarely better in terms of stability and performance. It only gets better with continuous updates and then people forget and think that the software was this good all along.
 
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mattopotamus

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.

It's also easier when by default you have auto update enabled, and all of the sudden the user wakes up to an alert that the latest update has been downloaded, install now or later.
 
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mbeachcontrol

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The numbers track in my house. 1 device out of 10 is still on iOS 12. But that is an iPhone 6 Plus that effectively functions as an alarm clock.
 
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repoman016

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i always hated these statistics. i mean unless you want to be badgered several times a day or every time you open your phone about HEY WE HAVE AN UPDATE YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT? then adoption numbers would probably be way lower. Every new iOS i get something new that acts wonkey yet i continue to use my phone the same way i did the last 4 iOS', but hey, its better than dismissing alerts all the time.
 
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LeadingHeat

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
What about MDM to automatically push out updates/apps that you want them to have? Takes out all the manual work you’d have to do and can just push an update overnight to their computer haha
 
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pmiles

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But those statistics say nothing other than someone downloaded an update...

15 billion copies of X was downloaded today.... 14.999billion copies were deleted the following day.

Oh look, an update... clicks on the update button.

An hour later, sh*t this update broke my device... scrambles to figure out how to downgrade their device.

Statistics... steering the herd since 1984.
 
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C DM

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i always hated these statistics. i mean unless you want to be badgered several times a day or every time you open your phone about HEY WE HAVE AN UPDATE YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT? then adoption numbers would probably be way lower. Every new iOS i get something new that acts wonkey yet i continue to use my phone the same way i did the last 4 iOS', but hey, its better than dismissing alerts all the time.
But those statistics say nothing other than someone downloaded an update...

15 billion copies of X was downloaded today.... 14.999billion copies were deleted the following day.

Oh look, an update... clicks on the update button.

An hour later, sh*t this update broke my device... scrambles to figure out how to downgrade their device.

Statistics... steering the herd since 1984.

The statistics are mainly for developers to know what versions their (potential) users are running.
 
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hot-gril

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
I still have Win7 installed on my extra PC. It's nice cause I never get bothered about updates, and Win10 sucks anyway.

Oh, and of course it's "non-genuine" or whatever. That's a given.
 
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Blackstick

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There is a good reason for that. New software is rarely better in terms of stability and performance. It only gets better with continuous updates and then people forget and think that the software was this good all along.
Oh trust me... it's not like we jump in with both feet on Day 1... we don't expect to certify Big Sur until ~February for example. These are laggards running W7 or 2016-era builds of Windows 10 that actively try to dodge Tanium/Jamf from updating.
 
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Rochy Bay

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Apple today finally updated its iOS adoption numbers, giving us our first look at official iOS 14 adoption rates. According to Apple's data, iOS 14 is installed on 81 percent of iPhones that were introduced in the last four years.


17 percent of these devices continue to run iOS 13, and two percent run an earlier version of iOS. 72 percent of all iPhones out in the wild run iOS 14, and this category includes devices that might not be capable of running the update.

18 percent in this category run iOS 13, and 10 percent run an earlier version of iOS.

As for iPads, 75 percent of all iPads introduced in the last four years run iPadOS. 22 percent run iPadOS 13, and three percent run an earlier version of iOS.

61 percent of all iPads use iPadOS 14, 21 percent run iPadOS 13, and 18 percent run an earlier version of iOS.

Since releasing iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in September, Apple has not provided installation numbers until now. Based on Mixpanel estimates, iOS 14 adoption was at 50 percent in October, so quite a few people have installed the update over the course of the last couple months.

Article Link: iOS 14 Now Installed on 81% of iPhones From the Last Four Years
I installed iOS 14 because it was really important in my life and made a difference. 👀
 
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kiensoy

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There is a good reason for that. New software is rarely better in terms of stability and performance. It only gets better with continuous updates and then people forget and think that the software was this good all along.
I think it's also because Apple adds a flashy new feature here and there in the new version to motivate people to upgrade. I almost never update my apps because they do the opposite and add horrible features like stories or "tiktoks".
 
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applicious84

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I wonder how many of those poor users are now experiencing lag when they first start typing text messages. Apple should slow down with those updates until they get the bugs for one of the main uses of a phone ironed out
 
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JPSaltzman

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Well, with those daily nags popping up on top of the screen (even blocking 2-factor ID authentication codes!), it's no wonder people's first instinctive response is to just push the damn "Download Now" button and get it over with it.

And if you think that's irritating, you should see what Apple does to Apple TV 3 users who have refused (imagine that!) to update to the latest TV OS (or whatever it's called) because the YouTube Channel "pause" is still broken. (Rumor has it that the just-released Update has fixed this, but considering the track record of Apple's updates to fix buggy software, I'm in no hurry.)

Just how aggressive has Apple become with these constant nags to update update update or else?! Well, it started out with the nags to opnly appear between shows on non-Apple channels (ie., Netflix, Amazon, YouTube). Then they started to appear if you had paused the video in Amazon for longer than 5 minutes. And then, the nag started appearing right in the middle of music or videos or even movies you were watching from your iTunes library on Apple TV 3!

And just 2 days ago, that nag showed up in the middle of a rented iTunes Store movie; it blocked the screen until you made your decision (yes! no! later!), while the audio continued.

Wow, they're so desperate to get you to update (but never telling you why it was absolutely necessary) that they will interrupt a rented iTunes movie!
 
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TonyRS

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
I sure hope those Windows 7 computers aren't connected to the internet. Or are you paying for Windows 7 support?
 
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oneMadRssn

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Speaking as an enterprise IT manager, I'm stupid envious of how quickly Apple gets their end users up to the latest OS with no fuss. You should see how the old fart dinosaurs in our Accounting department stick to Windows 7... same **** happened with Vista/XP as well. You should see how the developers (who should know better) stick to outdated iterations of Windows 10 🙄

It's like a moron badge of honor to be ages behind the releases on the Windows side.
Is this one of those "easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission" type of situations? Just force the update on everyone over some holiday weekend and when Janice from Accounting blows her top, "oops sohwee."
 
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