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iOS7 Adoption Estimated To Be 60%

Apple fans are adopting iOS 7 at enough of a clip to jam up Web traffic.

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Apple released iOS 7 on Sept. 18. Only nine days later, adoption of the new operating system is estimated to be a whopping 60%. So many people downloaded and installed the new operating system that network traffic was snarled across the Web.

Analytics company Mixpanel has been charting iOS 7's presence on the Web since the OS debuted. Its data showed the adoption rate of iOS 7 had surpassed 50% within five days of release. Though the rate has tapered off a bit, adoption of the platform breached 60% this week.

Mixpanel's numbers appear to be confirmed by those from another analytics company, Fiksu. It sampled data from millions of iPhones using Fiksu client apps and tracked usage of iOS 5, 6 and 7. Fiksu's data also shows that iOS 7 reached 50% adoption within five days and now stands at about 60%. Fiksu's data is a bit more informative, as it shows how quickly the platform jumped on the first day it was available, and then a cyclical series of updates on each consecutive day.

These numbers have not been confirmed by Apple.

[ Take a look under iOS 7's hood. See Apple iOS 7: Visual Tour. ]

iOS 7 represents a significant transition for Apple. The operating system was completely redesigned from the ground up to be more modern. It changed entirely the look and feel of the OS thanks to new colors, a flatter design, changed fonts/icons and more white space. The effect is refreshing to those who may have soured on iOS's unchanged appearance from 2007 until now. The operating system also adds hundreds of new features.

The pace of iOS 7 adoption took a toll on Internet providers. Blue Coat, a Web security firm, blamed iOS 7 for a "major traffic jam" across the Web.

"Based on our data from appliances deployed around the world, in the five days following the release of the iOS update, customers saw a 265% increase in traffic compared to the five days before," said Blue Coat's Jeff Brainard. "For customers who typically saw account for less than 4% of their traffic, the number tripled to more than 13% on average. In at least one case, traffic skyrocketed to over 32% of total Web traffic."

The traffic spike should be raising the eyebrows of those who manage networks. When an installed base of 600 million users is motivated to download files ranging between 750 MB and 1 GB, there's a ripe possibility for trouble.

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Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
9/27/2013 | 4:54:29 PM
re: iOS7 Adoption Estimated To Be 60%
I wonder if anyone has been tracking how usage has shifted since people upgraded. Over the first few days, there's sure to be a spike in activity, just because the novelty of the new OS will compel people to play with their iPhones. But as the novelty starts to wear off, usage trends would speak to user engagement with the redesign.
Becca L
Becca L,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/29/2013 | 7:17:11 PM
re: iOS7 Adoption Estimated To Be 60%
I have a feeling the the 40% of late adopters are more confused than unwilling to upgrade. The less tech savvy, and those disconnected from the hype (which seems propelled more by social media & word of mouth than traditional advertising) may still not understand what they are upgrading or why. Or even how - I'd like to see if downloads spiked over the weekend when kids finally sit down with their parents and show them the ropes.
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