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10/29/2014
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iOS 8 Adoption Surpasses 50%

Apple says more than half of iPhone and iPad users have adopted its newer operating system.

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The percentage of iPhone and iPad owners who've jumped to iOS 8 continues to climb, according to Apple. At the same time, crash rates have declined, showing that the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system has made much-needed performance improvements.

The most-recent statistics from Apple's Developer Support page indicate 52% of all iOS devices have upgraded to iOS 8.x. That leaves 43% still running iOS 7 and about 5% running iOS 6 or earlier. Five weeks from release, iOS 8's adoption rate is still trailing that of last year's iOS 7. In fact, the adoption rate appears to be somewhat stagnant. On October 6, the Apple Developer Support page showed that 46% of iOS device owners had jumped to iOS 8. Adoption has gone up just six percentage points over the course of the last 23 days.

Data from Crittercism suggests the arrival of iOS 8.1 has helped spur adoption of iOS 8. The newer iOS 8.1, which added Apple Pay and resolved a number of bugs, was released October 20. By October 22, 10.4% of iOS device owners had jumped to 8.1. By October 26, that number climbed to 23.4%. Crittercism believes the promise of bug fixes has led to the swift adoption of iOS 8.1. On October 20, iOS 8 had a crash rate of 3.0%. That rate slowly declined to 2.7% by the 26th. iOS 8.1's crash rate on the 26th was 2.17%, or about 20% less often than iOS 8. Crittercism derived these numbers by analyzing performance across more than 1 billion users worldwide.

iOS 8's arrival has been anything but smooth. The operating system, released on September 21, adds a handful of compelling user-facing features, but it is more focused on providing developers with additional tools for their apps. Crittercism said adoption of the new platform is low because it's a "nerd release." iOS 7 represented a major overhaul for the OS, which updated the platform's design for the first time since 2007. Visually, iOS 8 looks mostly the same as iOS 7 and perhaps consumers see less reason to jump aboard.

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The original 8.0 release was somewhat buggy. Apple issued a patch, dubbed 8.0.1, but it was a disaster. It bricked iPhones, rendering them unable to access cellular networks. Apple was forced to yank the update and released 8.0.2 several days later.

How many of you have made the switch? If so, have you noticed a performance improvement since upgrading to iOS 8.1? Please feel free to add your comments below.

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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/2/2014 | 11:33:57 PM
Re: Why are people reluctant?
Good question and it's hard to say. As an Apple envangelist I upgraded my iPad 2 to iOS 8 almost immediately after it's available. Definitely it cannot be faster due to my outdated hardware. However, it's not so slow as I expected, which is beyond the expectation. I think one of the major reasons of reluctant is that, many end users did not realize how useful the new features are. So people do not bother to upgrade.
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saliknaqi,
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10/31/2014 | 10:48:05 AM
Re: Why are people reluctant?
Thanks. Yuo now I do realize after updating the software apple do tend to release and update regarding bug fixes soon after the actual OS. So it's bad for business if they do not complete the testing or postpone the  release date? And yup I am using an ipad 4. it already was enough for me i didn't find any much improvements. So yup wont bother if there isn't anything new.
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jgherbert,
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10/30/2014 | 11:07:02 PM
Re: Why are people reluctant?
Why reluctant with 8.1, or with 8.0?

Apple's x.0 releases are notoriously buggy, as they are - it would seem - pushed out by a given date, whether they're ready or not. The new hardware MUST run the new software, and nobody will screw with the timeline for new hardware. Thus whatever gets released on day 1 is likely to be not fully tested, and certainly not tested across a wide enough range of environments. Then over the subsequent weeks, Apple evidently runs war rooms tracking bug reports and fixing them, and getting updates out there. 8.0.1 was just embarrassing, though 8.0.2 did fix some good stuff. 8.1 was the big jump we were waiting for as it added some of the features that they had been touting, but it's still not perfect, and people are still seeing issues. The same applies to OS X Yosemite - great update, but bug-ridden and needed more testing; early adopters once again risk paying the price.

Hesitancy isn't necessarily a bad thing. And if you don't really care for a particular new feature, why upgrade?
saliknaqi
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saliknaqi,
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10/29/2014 | 12:29:13 PM
Why are people reluctant?
I updated my ipad 4 to ios 8 but i didn't observe signifcant change in speed. But I wanted to ask why are people reluctant to update? Why is the adoption rate slow?
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