User adoption of the latest major version of Apple’s mobile operating system continues to rise.
According to the the newly updated distribution chart shown on Apple’s developer portal, iOS 8 is now running on 63 percent of active iOS devices, with iOS 7 on 33 percent and earlier iOS versions on just 4 percent.
The new figures are based on data measured by the App Store yesterday, Dec. 8, about a couple of weeks after Apple’s last iOS distribution chart refresh. Previously, as measured by the App Store on Nov. 24 (following the release of iOS 8.1.1), iOS 8 accounted for 60 percent of iOS devices, with iOS 7 at 35 percent and earlier versions at 5 percent.
Apple publicly released iOS 8 on Sept. 17. As we previously noted:
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. Two weeks later, its adoption went up a mere one percent, followed by another percent point increase a week later, with the software’s slow initial adoption attributed to its large storage space requirement and the disaster that was iOS 8.0.1.
Apple’s announcement that iOS 8 is now powering 63 percent of iOS devices comes shortly after the release of iOS 8.1.2, which includes bug fixes and addresses an issue concerning disappearing ringtones.