Apple is making sweeping changes to its mobile operating system in iOS 7, and developers are left in a situation where updating applications accordingly is effectively demanded. According to a new study conducted by Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory, 95 percent of iOS developers are presently working towards adding support for iOS 7, while more than half of all apps – 52 percent – will require iOS 7 in order to run on an iDevice.

As such, it’s expected that the adoption rate of iOS 7 will be high (much like that of iOS 6), as iDevice owners update to the seventh iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system in order to run their favorite applications. It also seems that few applications will not have received an iOS 7-optimizing update come fall, when the new software is expected to launch.

Hockenberry said:

If you’re a consumer of apps, this is great news: it’s likely that your favorite apps will be ready for action come this fall. If you’re someone who has a device that’s a couple of years old, now’s the time to start thinking about upgrading. Many apps will require a device capable of running iOS 7.

As a reminder, iOS 7 will not support the iPhone 3GS, the fourth-generation iPod touch, or the first-generation iPad. If you own one of Apple’s “legacy” iDevices, an upgrade – either to one of the company’s anticipated next-generation products, such as the iPhone 5S or iPad 5, or to a slightly older, less expensive model – may indeed be a wise move.

Regardless, it looks like most of our favorite iOS applications will be ready for the redesigned iOS 7, once the mobile operating system launches later this year.

In the meantime, see: Today’s Best Apps: Origami Fun And The Human ProjectFind As Many Words As Possible In Tap Words For iPhone, and Quirky App Of The Day: Soften Your Heart And Ice Cream With Haagen-Dazs Concerto Timer.