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Following holiday quarter, iOS 8 adoption rises to 68 percent of active iOS devices

Following holiday quarter, iOS 8 adoption rises to 68 percent of active iOS devices

January 7, 2015

The latest major version of Apple’s mobile operating system is now powering around 68 percent of active compatible devices.

That’s according to the newly updated distribution chart shown on Apple’s developer portal (via iDownloadBlog), which visualizes data measured by the App Store yesterday, Jan. 5, 2015. The chart additionally indicates that iOS 8’s predecessor, iOS 7, accounts for about 29 percent and earlier versions are still installed on about 4 percent of iOS devices.

The previous chart posted by Apple had iOS 8 adoption at 64 percent as of Dec. 22, 2014.

Of course, the most recent rise in iOS 8 adoption, amounting to 4 percentage points, may be largely due to the new iOS devices that were given and received over the holidays, which come preinstalled with iOS 8. Apple is expected to announce another record holiday quarter during its conference call for its Q1 2015 financial results on Jan. 27.

iOS 8 adoption

iOS 8 adoption

But even at 68 percent, iOS 8’s adoption still pales in comparison to that of iOS 7, which was measured at 78 percent at around the same time last year.

The relatively slow adoption of iOS 8 is mainly attributed to the disaster that was iOS 8.0.1 and the software’s large storage space requirement, which has prompted some users to file a potential class action lawsuit against Apple.

See also: Apple’s Beats facing suit from Monster, its original headphone manufacturing partner, A new report says the Apple Watch should arrive before the end of March, and More information surfaces regarding Apple’s rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air.

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