Apple iOS 17 is spreading slower than iOS 16 but
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Apple iOS 17 is spreading slower than iOS 16, but iPadOS 17 is ahead of its predecessor

Apple published report on the pace of adoption of its mobile OS, revealing a remarkable trend: the trajectories of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 compared to their predecessors took opposite directions.

  Image source: apple.com

Image source: apple.com

The adoption of iOS 17 lags behind that of iOS 16 a year earlier. The fresh platform is used on 76% of iPhones released in the last four years. By comparison, iOS 16 was at 81% at the same time last year. It’s a small difference, of course, but it’s there: people may not consider the innovations in iOS 17 to be as important as they did in iOS 16 a year ago. But 20% of iPhones released over the past four years still run iOS 16, and 4% run older versions. If we take into account all the iPhones that are still working, then the share of iOS 17 is 66%, iOS 16 has 23%, and earlier versions hold 11%.

But iPadOS 17 is more popular than its predecessor a year ago. To date, iPadOS 17 is installed on 61% of iPads released over the past four years, iPadOS 16 accounts for 29%, and the remaining 10% belongs to earlier versions of the system. Last year, only 53% of devices introduced in the previous four years had iPadOS 16, so this is a noticeable step forward. If we take into account all working iPads, then the share of iPadOS 17 is reduced to 53%, iPadOS 16 retains its 29%, and the remaining versions get 18%.

Google has stopped publishing statistics on Android shares because the situation here is more dire, which is understandable: Apple has to support a relatively small number of devices, and the Android ecosystem is much more diverse.

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