The adoption rate of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 7 was faster than expected. Analytics firm Chitka recently showed some interesting facts about the adoption rate of iOS 7 as well as what those numbers mean.
Apple’s web traffic after iOS 7 release
The week after iOS 7 was released, users of the operating system were generating over 51% of all iOS web traffic in the North America region. Two months later, that number surpassed 70%. Chitka explained, “As seen in our last report on iOS version distribution, iPhone users are slightly more likely to have updated to the latest OS version as compared to iPad users. The greatest difference being that iOS 5- equipped iPad users still generate close to 9% of total North American iPad Web traffic. The slightly lower adoption rate of iOS 7 is likely least partially due to features like AirDrop not coming to the iPad 2 or 3, minimizing the incentive for users of those devices to upgrade.”
ioS 7 making Apple’s future bright
iOS 6 took longer, needing six months to reach 83%. This is a huge stride for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and could signify a stronger future for the Cupertino-based tech giant. What really matters is, how does this compare to Android’s latest release? It’s been about a month since KitKat 4.4 was released but it’s registered on just 1.1% off all Android devices. It can be attributed that KitKat has limited availability on just a handful of phones such as the Motorola Moto X, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 as well as a few tablets. These Android gadgets aren’t as popular as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) gadgets and only make up a smaller percentage of the entire Android base. Another notable problem: before a specific Android model can be upgraded, the manufacturer has to redesign a platform for each phone for each carrier. This complicates the whole process and it often takes a while to complete. Only once the carrier approves of the new operating system does it become available on the phones.