Apple today released statistics on the distribution of the latest iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Released in September, the operating system is already installed on 72% of all iPhones released in the last four years. However, the situation is slightly different for tablets: only 57% of all fresh iPads work with iPadOS 15.
According to the report, 26% of iPhones released in the last four years are still running iOS 14. Also, 2% of “fresh” smartphones are running older versions of the operating system that Apple no longer supports, putting user security at risk. . In terms of metrics for all active iPhones, iOS 15 works on 63% of them. 30% of all Apple smartphones run iOS 14. Another 7% of devices run older versions of the operating system.
On the iPad, the distribution of a fresh operating system is a bit slower. While 57% of devices released in the last four years have iPadOS 15 installed, 39% are using iPadOS 14. 4% of new iPad users are still using older versions of the operating system. Based on the total number of active Apple tablets, only 49% use the latest operating system. iPadOS 14 is installed on 37%, and older operating system versions are running on another 14% of iPads.
It is worth noting that the adoption rate of iOS 15 is slower than iOS 14. As of December 2020, 81% of iPhones released in the last four years had iOS 14 installed. Even the not-so-popular iOS 13 was installed on 77% of fresh smartphones in January 2020. This is probably partly because Apple hasn’t forced users to update to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 while iOS 14 is still supported. But now software previously listed as optional is the only available upgrade option.
Apple will no longer release updates for iOS 14. If you want to get new features and the latest security patches, you need to update your devices to iOS 15. It is worth noting that all iOS and iPadOS 14 compatible devices support the latest version of the operating system.