After a new version of iOS is released, it is always interesting to see just how quickly users upgrade. When iOS 6 was released, there were a number of users who held off because they didn’t want to get stuck with Apple Maps and not have a Google Maps fallback. This time around, the only things that would likely keep users from upgrading were thedownload errors at launch, and the new visual aesthetic, which people love to hate.
Analytics firm Mixpanel has been keeping track of the iOS 7 adoption, and according to the site, iOS 7 has been installed on 36% of Apple devices in its first 24 hours being available. Given the wealth of issues users were having in downloading and installing the update yesterday, that’s a pretty solid amount. Mixpanel is tracking the progress as it goes, so you can keep checking the source to see where things fall when at the time you read this article.
Of course, there will be those who try to use this data to “prove” some sort of biased argument regarding the inane “f-word”, but we don’t really buy that. Both iOS and Android have their own unique issues, and trying to label any of them under a too-broad heading of “fragmentation” doesn’t do any good. Apple gets faster adoption of new software, but can’t offer all of the benefits to all devices; and, Android has slower adoption because of the manufacturers and carriers, but Google is bypassing that issue with updates to Google Apps, and Google Play Services.