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Apple reveals that iOS 7 is on 74 percent of iPhones and iPads

Despite gaining widespread criticism
Fri Dec 06 2013, 11:19

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple has revealed that 74 percent of its devices are running its latest iOS 7 mobile operating system, despite the release attracting widespread criticism.

iOS 7 made its debut in September alongside the launch of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, and has since started shipping on the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display.

According to statistics published by Apple, iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of devices, a figure that matches statistics published by online advertising network Chitika earlier this week, which showed that 75 percent of iPhones and 64 percent of iPads were running Apple's latest mobile operating system. Chitika also revealed that iOS 7 adoption is significantly outpacing that seen by iOS 6, which Apple's numbers confirm.

Apple developer stats showing iOS 7 uptake

Apple's updated chart, which shows data that was measured by the App Store during a seven day period ending 1 December, also shows that 22 percent of devices are still running iOS 6, while four percent are running earlier versions.

These figures mean that, despite iOS 7 gaining criticism for its flat design, zooming animations and software bugs, three quarters of iPhones and iPads are running the mobile operating system. It's unclear how many of the 75 percent are devices that shipped with iOS 7, but the figures seem to suggest that most iPhone and iPad users have opted to upgrade to the latest version of iOS.

Apple's numbers also show the stark contrast between iOS and Android, with Google revealing earlier this week that just 1.1 percent of users are running its latest Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system.

While Apple's iOS 6 is on around a fifth of its devices, Google's last generation mobile operating system Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich continues to gain market share, and runs on 64.5 percent of Android devices. µ


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