The latest major version of Apple’s mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of active iOS devices.
The new figure is indicated in Apple’s newly updated developer portal, which shows the distribution of iOS versions as measured by the App Store yesterday, Nov. 10. The previous major iOS release, iOS 7, now accounts for 40 percent of the installed base, while earlier iOS versions still account for 5 percent.
Apple officially launched iOS 8 nearly two months ago, on Sept. 17.
A week after its release and just days after the launch of the iOS 8-powered iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 was reported to have been running on 46 percent of devices. Its adoption went up a mere one percent two weeks later and another percent point just over a week later.
And now, another couple of weeks later, it has risen by a not insignificant four percent.
The initial adoption of iOS 8, though, was deemed rather slow, a reckoning that was ascribed to a number of considerations, including the software’s large space requirement for over-the-air installation and the fear factor caused by its disastrous iOS 8.0.1 follow-up update.
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