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After seven and a half weeks of availability, Apple's mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of iOS devices, according to the latest data posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

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iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the past two weeks, which means iOS 8 adoption has jumped eight percent in the past month. During Apple's October 16 iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13. Before that, as of September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices, indicating that adoption is steadily increasing after several weeks of stagnation.

The boost in iOS 8 adoption follows the October 20 release of iOS 8.1, which included several new features like Apple Pay that likely have enticed users to upgrade. Other desired features included SMS Forwarding, Instant Hotspot, iCloud Photo Library beta access and the return of the Camera Roll.

iOS 8's initial release was plagued by a number of bugs that may have scared some users away. All HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store prior to the launch of iOS 8 due to a major HealthKit bug. iOS 8.0.1, a fix to that issue, introduced new bugs that disabled cellular service and Touch ID for thousands of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 was soon released, fixing the bugs of the previous release but introducing several other bugs. And finally, iOS 8.1 fixed many more issues with the previous updates, providing the most stable version of iOS 8 yet.

Article Link: iOS 8 Now Installed on Nearly 60 Percent of Active iOS Devices
 

amirite

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No one in the real world was "scared away" because of some MacRumors articles. The issue of slow upgrades is due to storage space requirements. Apple needs to fix this by iOS 9.
 

Rodster

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I didn't upgrade any of my devices to 8 and I have more than enough space for the install.
 

Klae17

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No one in the real world was "scared away" because of some MacRumors articles. The issue of slow upgrades is due to storage space requirements. Apple needs to fix this by iOS 9.

Not just MacRumors articles, they were all over the news. The world is bigger than your bubble.
 

Seoras

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I make it 54% from App stats

For Nov 1st up to today my App analytics tell me that it's:
8.xx = 54.36%
7.xx = 45.53%

There's nothing really driving upgrades.
v7.0 brought in major UI changes which made me make my Apps v7.0 minimum for install.
Not this time. I'm sticking to v7.0+.
I can even include the new "Today Extension" in my App bundle as it's compiled separately as 8.0+ while keeping the main App at 7.0+
 

amirite

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Aug 17, 2009
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Not just MacRumors articles, they were all over the news. The world is bigger than your bubble.

I clearly used MacRumors as an example. I know it was also reported by the other places on the internet that only a small section of the population reads.
 

ethanwa79

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As a developer, this is not good when I'm trying to develop for iOS8-only features. People need to move away from iOS 7 quicker.

The combination of bugs in iOS 8, and the fact that it required WAY too much space, really is slowing adoption.

I hope with iOS 9 we'll see it more at 75%+ by this point.
 

mainstreetmark

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No one in my extended family has moved to iOS8 due to them not having a computer, and out of space. They ask me what to do with their photos. What can I say? Delete them.

Obviously, they will not.
 

haruhiko

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iOS 8 Extensions are really great. It makes apps like 1Password, Instapaper/Pocket, Printability "Print to PDF" , etc. actually work on my iPhone/iPad. I can't imagine punching my long long master password in 1Password anymore.

iOS 7.0x was much buggier than iOS 8 (random respring every day, anyone?) and it wasn't until earlier this year with the release of iOS 7.1 the operating system was stable enough.
 
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poiihy

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i've had a very weird glitch in iOS 8.1 on an ipad 2. The sounds were all screwed up. I thought the speakers were damaged. After going through some lock schenanigans on this laggy iPad I managed to shut it down and restart. After this it solved it. Weird :confused:

iOS 8 is the worst thing to happen to iPad 2.
 

logicstudiouser

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I guess I am one of the 5%. I'm on 6.1.4 on iPhone 5 with iTunes 10.7
Fast, reliable, can use iTunes 10.7, better battery life, immediate syncing, better music app, better media organization. No downside. :)
Hoping to get the most out of iTunes 10.7 as long as I can. Apple has just gutted iTunes and unfortunately iOS as well since then.
 

proline

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Ah, MR continues the obtuse nonsense about stagnation. There was never any. iOS 8 share has gone up steadily. They misinterpreted one early data point concerning app store downloads, not usage, and can't admit they were wrong.
 

nagromme

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"Also on Nearly 75 Percent of Bricked iOS Devices"

Kidding! (My 6 Plus 64 was nearly bricked, though--it can't handle the large number of apps my 5 could, and would crash every few seconds. Looking forward to a fix so I can restore my backup and my beloved docs and data. Meanwhile, I'm running lean--few apps, but crash-free.)

No one in the real world was "scared away" because of some MacRumors articles. The issue of slow upgrades is due to storage space requirements. Apple needs to fix this by iOS 9.

Agreed: waiting is good practice (with any company) but most "real" people don't know that and don't follow these details. Still, SOME do--more this year than others, I feel. There's some fear among "normals" about installing updates.

But storage is the key problem (and 16GB devices are with us for a while to come). iOS 8 is a big file. Such a simple reason, but not much of an ad-bait headline for tech sites to run with!
 

proline

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Nov 18, 2012
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For Nov 1st up to today my App analytics tell me that it's:
8.xx = 54.36%
7.xx = 45.53%

There's nothing really driving upgrades.
v7.0 brought in major UI changes which made me make my Apps v7.0 minimum for install.
Not this time. I'm sticking to v7.0+.
I can even include the new "Today Extension" in my App bundle as it's compiled separately as 8.0+ while keeping the main App at 7.0+
You aren't much of a developer if you don't appreciate the benefits to devs of iOS 8- universal storyboards for iPhone / iPad, adaptable UIs, many new APIs including UIAlertController which is much better than the UIActionSheet and UIAlertView classes it replaces, etc. Sure, Apple did a good job making a lot of stuff deploy back to iOS 7, such as Swift (which I assume you aren't going to use for 3 years), but that doesn't mean there are no benefits to going iOS 8 only. Obviously everybody's case is different and some, such as yourself, will prefer to spend time testing on obsolete OSes instead of implementing the latest APIs. Suit yourself, the users will decide.
 
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