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iOS 7 shames Android 4.4 Kitkat with 80 percent adoption rate

Apple boasts that four-fifths of iPhones and iPads are running latest release
Tue Jan 28 2014, 10:57
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system is now on 80 percent of iPhones and iPads, the firm announced during its first quarter earnings call on Monday.

During Apple's earning call, where the firm announced record revenues and device sales, CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that the firm's iOS 7 mobile operating system is now installed on 80 percent of devices, four months after its release. This sees iOS 7 growing its penetration by six percent since December, when Apple announced that it was on 74 percent of iDevices.

Of course, this 80 percent includes only devices that are compatible with the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. This list includes the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4, as well as the third and fourth generation iPads, iPad 2, iPad Mini and iPad Air.

Apple added that iOS 6 is now on just 17 percent of iDevices, while older versions of the mobile operating system are on just three percent of iPhones and iPads.

Apple is probably feeling smug about this, as Google's latest Android version - Android 4.4 Kitkat - is so far on just 1.4 percent of devices, despite having been released two months ago. While the popularity of iOS 6 is starting to wain, Google's previous Android 4.3 Jelly Bean remains the most prominent version, accounting for approximately 59 percent of devices.

This wasn't all Apple announced during its earnings call on Monday. CEO Tim Cook also revealed that Apple will enter new product categories this year, hinting at a wearable iWatch device. He also hinted that Apple might to enter the mobile payments market, saying that this was part of the thinking behind its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. µ


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